Asbestos has seen a lot of use in both residential and commercial buildings, for its insulating, flame-retardant, and sometimes soundproofing properties. It’s also been used as a binding agent and can be found even in cement. Today we’ll go over the most common places to find asbestos, as well as the types used in home and business construction.
Wall and Roof Insulation
Asbestos was often used as a loose-fill insulation for walls, attic, and crawl spaces. This could either have been installed in sections or sprayed on. Not only can you find primarily asbestos-based insulation of this kind, but it may be included in other types of insulation, too, such as Vermiculite. It can also be found as part of the soffit (the board covering the gap between the eaves of the roof and the siding).
Lagging is pipe insulation that allows for hot water to better maintain heat as it travels from the boiler to the taps and radiators, and older lagging may contain asbestos. The water boiler may also be insulated with asbestos.
Ceiling and Floor Tiles
Asbestos floor tiles were common for both their flexibility and heat-resistant properties, especially for the kitchen. They may resemble vinyl or contain vinyl materials. Likewise, in commercial settings, ceiling tiles were made out of AIB (Asbestos Insulated Board) to increase the fire protection of the building and to deaden noise.
Asbestos cement was commonly created by mixing chrysotile (white asbestos) with cement. The resulting mixture, known as “fibro” or “AC,” cracked less than regular cement. In America, asbestos cement was commonly used for thinner concrete, such as wastewater pipes or downspouts.
Heat and Electrical Insulation
In older homes, it’s common for the fuse box to have AIB mounted behind it to help with electrical fires. Likewise, older electrical wiring may also contain asbestos insulation. Asbestos was also commonly used around fireplaces and chimneys to help contain chimney fires and to prevent the heat from damaging the building.
Some of these products pose more of a threat than others, but all of them can prove dangerous if repairs, replacements, or renovations are planned. If your home or business is planning for this, or if you’re planning to sell or buy a property, it’s important to have the building checked for asbestos. We can help here at Fiber Control, Inc. Contact us today to get started, and we can help you find if your property contains asbestos.