Many people are tearing down ceilings and walls and floor tiles and old pipes in this era of do-it-yourself house repairs. However, they may be unintentionally poisoning the air they breathe with hazardous asbestos fibers in their efforts to repair and beautify their old homes.
Our Asbestos in the Home Guide provides information on asbestos, its hazards, what to do if you suspect it’s in your home, the dos and don’ts of asbestos handling, and other helpful tips to keep you, your family, and others safe in your home.
Typical Asbestos-Containing Home Building Materials
The following are examples of goods that may have included asbestos in the past, as well as situations that could release fibers:
- Asbestos blankets or paper tape were used to insulate STEAM PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE DUCTS. If these materials are broken, mended, or removed incorrectly, asbestos fibers may be released.
- ADHESIVES FOR INSTALLING FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on VINYL SHEET FLOORING, and RESILIENT FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber). Fibers can be released when sanding tiles. It could also be problematic.
- Insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves made of CEMENT SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER. Asbestos fibers may be released during appliance repair or removal. Insulation can also be chopped, torn, sanded, drilled, or sawed.
- GASKETS FOR DOORS IN FURNITURE, WOOD STOVES, AND COAL STOVES. During operation, worn seals might emit asbestos fibers.
- DECORATIVE OR SOUNDPROOFING MATERIAL sprayed on walls and ceilings. Fibers can be released from loose, crumbly, or water-damaged material. Sanding, drilling, or scraping the material will all do the same thing.
- TEXTURED PAINTS and PATCHING AND JOINT COMPOUNDS for walls and ceilings. When these surfaces are sanded, scraped, or drilled, asbestos may be released.
- CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, AND SIDING WITH ASBESTOS unless sawed, drilled, or cut, these products are unlikely to emit asbestos fibers.
- SOLD ARTIFICIAL ASHES AND EMBERS FOR USE IN GAS FIREPLACES. Fireproof Gloves, Stove top pads, IRONING BOARD COVERS, and some HAIRDRYERS are among the older home items.
- Linings And Brake Pads, Clutch facings, and Gaskets FOR Automobiles.
Where to Look in the House for Asbestos Hazards
- Asbestos cement is used in some roofing and siding shingles.
- Asbestos may be used as insulation in homes built between 1930 and 1950.
- Textured paint and patching chemicals used on wall and ceiling joints may contain asbestos. In 1977, their use was outlawed.
- Asbestos may be present in artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces.
- Asbestos compounds may be present in older products such as stove-top pads.
- Asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets may be used to protect the walls and floors surrounding woodburning stoves.
- The backing on the vinyl sheet and some vinyl floor tiles and flooring and adhesives contain asbestos.
- Asbestos-coated hot water and steam pipes, as well as asbestos blankets and tape, may be found in older homes.
- Asbestos insulation may be found in oil and coal furnaces, as well as door gaskets.
If you want to know whether a product contains asbestos then you should test it by a specialist. We are here offering asbestos testing service to our customers. Until the tests are completed, it’s recommended to reduce damage and avoid touching anything suspected of containing asbestos.