Asbestos has been used in construction materials for decades. Asbestos fibers were a miracle fiber when it came to construction materials because of the cost, strength, and ability to be fire resistant. Asbestos was used to build many homes and businesses as late as the 90s and even 2000s. Asbestos cannot be seen, making it a dangerous killer. Asbestos fibers are hazardous to your health and can cause cancer and even death. If you are wanting to purchase, live in an older home or own an older business, it is important to have the home checked for asbestos. Below are some of the more common places that asbestos could be hiding.
Wallpaper is common in most homes and many types contained asbestos either in the wallpaper itself or the adhesives used to apply it to the wall. It is important to have a professional abatement company remove any older wallpaper from your home.
Many roofing products were made with asbestos. As a building material it is not only cheap, but it is strong and can withstand the elements for years. This made it very popular among roofing companies.
Insulation is the number one place that is known for containing asbestos. It’s properties were perfect for insulation, as it could withstand hot temperatures and was a good insulator. If you need the insulation in your home removed due to a remodel, have it tested. Asbestos cannot be seen, and a simple mistake could expose your family to the dangerous fiber.
A lot of adhesives and caulking contained asbestos. Asbestos made a great bonding agent and could withstand heated areas. It was perfect for caulking around your home or adhesives used on wires and areas around your attic or basement.
If you own an older home or business, it is crucial that you have an asbestos test completed. If you do have asbestos, it is important to have it removed by a certified asbestos abatement company.