Where is asbestos most frequently found in homes?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber that has been used for centuries throughout the world because of its excellent fire-retardant and insulating properties. However, in the 1970s, scientists determined that asbestos is a carcinogen – which means that it’s harmful to human health. Since the 1970s, the federal and many state governments have passed many laws limiting the prevalence of asbestos so that hopefully most of Americans won’t be exposed to it very much. But many homes, business properties, and other buildings still contain asbestos. It’s important to be aware of where asbestos may be present in our homes and take steps to proactively limit exposure.
Here are the most frequently found areas in homes that are contaminated with asbestos:
- Insulation materials for pipes and furnaces
- Attic insulation
- Siding and roofing tiles
- Soundproofing applications
- Plaster and joint compounds
- Some plastics, including paints and adhesives
- Casings for electrical wires
- Some floor tiles and flooring adhesives
What about schools?
While it’s essential that you limit your exposure to asbestos in the home, it’s also imperative that you inform yourself about the likelihood that your children’s school contains asbestos. Just about every school built before the 1980s is likely to have asbestos. According to federal law, every school in the US must have a detailed asbestos management plan. School administrators are required to release the details of this plan. Make sure your kids are being protected from asbestos exposure today.
Back to your home
Let’s turn our focus back to something really important – limiting exposure to asbestos in the home. If you’re not totally sure about whether your home contains asbestos or not, it’s imperative that you schedule a thorough asbestos evaluation of your home. Call H2 Environmental Consulting Services at (800) 524-3578 to schedule your evaluation at a date and time that’s most convenient for you – and be sure not to procrastinate – this is really important. Using specialized equipment and advanced techniques, we’ll test every molecule of your home – the air, soil, water, and physical structure, too – to determine the presence of asbestos.
What if asbestos is found?
If certain areas of your home are found to be contaminated with asbestos, you can count on H2 Environmental Consulting Services for complete asbestos removal services. We follow every precaution and adhere to all federal and state regulations to the letter to ensure the asbestos is properly removed and safely disposed of. Rest assured that when our expert crews are done, you won’t have to worry about potential asbestos exposure in your home ever again.
It’s a great idea to have asbestos removed from your home for your own peace of mind. It’s also a wise choice if you’re planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon because it’ll reassure potential buyers that your home is 100% free and clear of asbestos.