Where To Look For Asbestos In You Home


Can I Identify Materials In My Home That Contain Asbestos

Usually you can’t by yourself tell whether a material contains asbestos just by looking at it if it’s not labeled. When you are in doubt, treat the material like it contains asbestos. If it is a large project have it sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional. Material still in good condition and you know will not be disturbed should be left alone. Only material that is damaged or will be disturbed should be sampled.

Where To Look For Asbestos Hazards In You Home

* Roofing and siding shingles can be made of asbestos cement.

* Textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints may contain Asbestos. Use was banned in 1977.

* Between 1930 and 1950 houses may have asbestos as insulation.

* Artificial logs and ashes sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.

* Many products, especially older ones such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.

* Floors and surrounding walls of wood-burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper or cement sheets.

* Though not presently produced, asbestos in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring can be found.

* Steam and hot water pipes in older houses were sometimes coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.

* Many furnaces and their door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.

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