If your home was built or renovated before 1987, you may be surprised where asbestos products have been used in your home.
Products made from bonded asbestos cement that could have been used are:
It’s important to remember that there are a plethora of places asbestos could be hiding. These are just the most common locations. Here’s a more extensive breakdown of potential asbestos containing materials
In Your House
- Cement Flooring
- Vinyl Floors
- Angle Mouldings
- Wood Heater Insulation
- Fireplace Flues
- The Underside of Carpets
- Vinyl Sheet Floor Coverings
- Walls and Ceilings
- Countertop Splash-backs
- Fill Insulation on Roof
Outside Your House
- Dog Kennels
- Ridge Caps
- Electrical Boards
- Angle Mouldings
- Hot Water Insulation
How To Check Your Home For Asbestos
You might be looking at a material that contains asbestos and not even know it! You should always err on the side of caution if you want to stay safe.
The quickest and best way to determine if asbestos is in your home is through a lab analysis. But the only surefire method of detection would be from an environmental professional with specialized tools who can do air sampling or floor testing for you. The National Institute for Standards and Technology maintains web lists that have information on laboratories certified to perform TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) test analyses on suspected asbestos fibers.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are many ways you can collect samples that may contain asbestos. However, if possible we recommend hiring a certified professional because it minimizes your exposure and ensures they will follow proper safety precautions when handling this hazardous substance.
So What Happens If I Find Asbestos In My Home?
It is important to know how much asbestos you are dealing with, as the method for treating it depends on whether or not the material can be easily crumbled. Friable materials which are easy to crumble should be handled quickly and carefully by a professional who has been trained in safe handling of hazardous materials, while non-friable substances will require another type of treatment such as abatement specialists using equipment that removes particles from the air.
The way people deal with this toxin at home varies depending upon where they find it, what condition its in (whether friable or non-friables), and if there’s any potential airborne threat involved – so knowing all these details ahead of time means families have more options available when deciding how best to proceed.
There are many dangers of asbestos, but if it is contained and in good condition then there may not be any danger. However, the situation should always be monitored for signs that the material could become dangerous.
Should I Be concerned About Asbestos In My Home?
Asbestos removal is the only permanent solution to the problem of asbestos in the home. However, removal poses a high risk of fiber release if not done properly. Air samples should be taken after the work is completed to ensure safety for your family member(s). During project execution, contractors will utilize HEPA vacuums and approved respirators with disposable clothing during removal so no fibers are released into the air.
If you suspect that your home has been exposed to asbestos, don’t take any chances. Call our asbestos testing company today.