Places you may find hidden asbestos

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2023 | asbestos

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral known for its heat resistance and insulating properties, was widely used in construction and household products until use of the substance was largely banned in the late 20th century. Despite its practical advantages, asbestos is a silent hazard. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to severe health conditions, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Today, the presence of asbestos in older buildings and certain products remains a serious concern.

While it’s generally safe when left undisturbed, asbestos becomes harmful when damaged or disturbed, releasing dangerous fibers into the air. Knowing where asbestos lurks in your building or home is essential to mitigating this risk.

Common hiding places for asbestos

Asbestos was frequently used in insulation, making this one of the most common areas where it may be found. This includes insulation in attics, walls and around pipes or boilers. It was also often used in textured paint, patching compounds and artificial ashes and embers in gas-fired fireplaces.

Flooring and ceiling materials are other potential hiding places. Asbestos was used in vinyl floor tiles, adhesives and some ceiling tiles. Additionally, certain types of roofing and siding shingles were made with asbestos, as were some forms of plaster and paneling.

Even if you don’t think asbestos is in your home, you may find it in some rather unexpected places.

  • Coffee makers
  • Paper products
  • Crime lab kits, especially amateur
  • Children’s makeup kits
  • Crayons
  • Pot holders

You will likely find asbestos in those products if manufactured overseas, mainly if an overseas company sells them. Because of this, you should be especially careful if you are unsure of where your products originated and they have been damaged or are releasing airborne particles for any other reason.

Safety measures when dealing with asbestos

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or building, it’s crucial not to disturb it yourself. Asbestos removal is a task for certified professionals with the necessary safety gear and knowledge to handle it properly. Asbestos-containing material in good condition should typically be left undisturbed, while professionals should inspect and remove damaged material.

Understanding where asbestos may be hiding, you can better protect yourself and those around you from potential exposure. Be alert, stay informed and seek professional help to ensure your environment’s safety. You may seek compensation if you develop health issue due to asbestos exposure, but time is limited to act so you will need to do so quickly.