Although it is common knowledge that asbestos is incredibly dangerous, where it can actually be found is not so commonly known. Being aware of where asbestos is likely to be can be helpful in avoiding it, and of course, if you are ever concerned that asbestos is in your home or workplace, you should get in contact with professionals immediately.
One of the most common places to find asbestos is in the insulation of both residential and commercial properties. In somewhat older buildings, ‘loose fill’ asbestos, which is the most dangerous form of the substance, was often used as insulation material. This means in a worst-case scenario, it could literally be all around you— under floorboards, in lofts or attics, and in cavity walls. If you suspect this to be the case, call professionals but don’t do anything yourself; because the asbestos is loose, any disturbance can release its fibers into the air, which can be incredibly dangerous.
Another common place to find asbestos, though perhaps lesser known, is in cement. Older builders, not knowing the dangers, often used asbestos in their cement mixtures, as doing so resulted in a stronger finished product. Because it looks the same as non-asbestos cement, it can be difficult to tell whether or not the cement on your property does contain asbestos. Again, if you suspect asbestos to be present, don’t make any attempts to remove the cement yourself, as this could release cement dust and particles into the air.
Asbestos can also be found in ceiling tiles, which are actually asbestos insulation boards. Although they were initially used as a fireproofing material, it became common to use them as ceiling tiles, and like cement, it’s difficult to distinguish between asbestos ceiling tiles and non-asbestos ceiling tiles. This uncertainty makes the asbestos even more dangerous, as people could be surrounded by it without even knowing.
Going back to insulation, high concentrations of asbestos can be found in sprayed insulation coatings, which are sprayed to the undersides of roofs and walls. Despite the incredibly high percentage of asbestos in these spray coatings, they are still very commonly used in industrial and commercial buildings. And, since the prevalence of asbestos in these coatings is so high, any small disturbance to them can prove very dangerous, releasing a large amount of it into the air.
Although this is of course not a complete list of where asbestos can be found, knowing these common places can be helpful in avoiding exposure to asbestos. If you do think there is asbestos in your home or workplace, either in any of the places listed above or elsewhere contact Infinity Abatement today!