If your home was built before 1990, then the answer might be “yes.” Asbestos was used in the construction of residential and commercial structures all over the country until it was declared a hazard to human health in the late 1970s.
Asbestos-containing materials are likely to be found in many areas of an older home, including:
Many homes were constructed with asbestos vinyl flooring. Used for its strength, durability, and attractive range of colors, homeowners are sometimes surprised to find these older products when ripping up carpet or replacing flooring in their houses.
Some homeowners hate the look of those “popcorn” ceilings that come with older homes and attempt to remove them themselves. This can be a very dangerous task, considering asbestos could have been used in the spray-on plaster, which creates that popcorn effect.
Homes located in areas with harsh winters are likely to have asbestos-containing insulation around their pipe systems. Asbestos was known to be a great insulator, and was used in insulation of all types. In homes where freezing pipes were a possibility, asbestos-containing insulation seemed like the perfect solution.
There are many other locations in the home where asbestos might be present – these are just a few. Many homeowners who attempt renovations and DIY projects unknowingly expose themselves to asbestos. If you live in an older home and are planning some projects, do not hesitate to have a professional test for and possibly remove any asbestos-containing materials that pose a hazard to your health.