Understanding asbestos containing insulation is important for any homeowner, as it was once a key component of insulation materials in the home due to its fire-resistant properties. While asbestos use in insulation has stopped over the years due to its health hazards, some older structures may still have asbestos-containing insulation. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the different types of insulation that contain asbestos and discuss the potential risks associated with them and where you can find them in the home. It is important to note while exploring various types of asbestos containing insulation in the home that you don’t disturb the materials you find. Stay tuned to find out why below.
Exploring Asbestos Containing Attic Insulation
Asbestos containing attic insulation, also known as “vermiculite insulation,” is commonly used in homes built between the 1940s and 1990s. Vermiculite is a mineral that expands when heated, making it a useful insulator. Vermiculite is very friable, and that friability is what makes it harmful to your health. Friability refers to the ability of a material to shred down into microscopic bits, which can lodge in your lungs and cause cancer. If you think your home has vermiculite insulation in it, it’s wise to have it inspected. Vermiculite-containing insulation when disrupted releases dangerous asbestos particles into the air.
Exploring Asbestos Containing Pipe Insulation
Mostly, commercial and industrial settings contain asbestos-containing pipe insulation. Did you know you know that it is also found in residential property? It is wrapped around pipes to provide thermal insulation and protect against fire hazards. As this type of insulation ages, it can deteriorate, releasing asbestos fibers into the surrounding environment.
Exploring Asbestos Containing Wall and Ceiling Insulation
You can find asbestos in wall and ceiling insulations, such as spray-on coatings and acoustical tiles. Ceiling tiles provide soundproofing whereas popcorn ceilings are an added layer of fire protection. Older buildings may still contain these materials, which can pose a risk if disturbed during renovations or demolitions.
Understanding The Risks With Asbestos Containing Insulation
Inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers is known to be harmful to your health. Asbestos exposure can lead to severe health issues, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. It is important to recognize the potential risks and know how to handle insulation containing asbestos.
Handling Asbestos Containing Insulation
If you suspect that your home or building contains asbestos containing insulation, take these steps to ensure safety:
- Do not disturb it: Avoid any actions that may disturb the insulation, as this can release asbestos fibers into the air.
- Consult professionals: contact Amity Environmental to assess the situation, take samples, and if necessary, safely remove the asbestos
- Maintenance and encapsulation: sealing the asbestos materials may be an option to prevent fiber release.
Asbestos-containing insulation in older structures is a concern, and understanding the types of insulation and where to find them is helpful as a homeowner. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or building, Amity is ready to help. We understand asbestos and can assist you with a solution to remove it while keeping the rest of your home safe and clean. We care about what matters most to you. Call today!
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