When most people think of asbestos, they may think of the boiler rooms of World War II vessels or factories. What not everyone knows is that it’s possible to find asbestos in people’s homes as well. It’s good to know where asbestos can sometimes be found in order to take the proper precautions to protect your health and the health of your family.
Where asbestos can be
Because of its natural insulating properties, home builders often used asbestos as insulation in walls, ceilings, floors and around boilers and furnaces. Even though it’s not commonly used for these purposes anymore, it still sometimes shows up in older houses.
If you have an older home (built before 1970), and it has not been renovated recently, there is a chance that the insulation in the walls and ceiling could contain asbestos fibers. The sealant underneath vinyl floor tiles can also contain asbestos fibers.
If your home has a boiler room or furnace, the ducts might have asbestos sealant around them. If these sealants are in good condition, it might not be an immediate concern. However, if the sealant starts to flake or crumble, it could release dangerous asbestos fibers into the air.
Don’t try to remove these sealants by yourself. If done improperly, removing them can be more dangerous than simply leaving them be or calling a professional to do it.
Sometimes certain types of soundproofing materials can contain asbestos. If you hire a contractor to soundproof a room in your home, make sure you know the contents of the material that they are using.
If you are doing some home renovations yourself, be careful. Common home construction products, such as caulking and adhesives, can sometimes contain trace amounts of asbestos or related minerals. With enough exposure, even these small amounts can be deadly if you don’t take proper precautions.
Asbestos fibers and the resulting forms of cancer continue to cut short the lives of thousands of Americans. In order to keep your family safe, it’s important to be aware of which parts of your house could possibly contain asbestos.