Here at Fiber Control, Inc., we talk a lot about the prevalence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in homes. Consider this blog your one-stop-shop for the most common offenders when it comes to asbestos in residential homes. While some of this, such as popcorn ceiling and insulation, can be easily dated and traced back to its source, other common asbestos-containing features are hard to spot without a full inspection. [Read more…] about What are Common Asbestos Containing Features in a House?
Due to its properties of heat resistance, insulation, sound dampening, and low cost, asbestos was used in home and business construction all the way until its partial ban in the late 80s. Homeowners of these older homes need to be aware of the risks in their home, especially before a remodel. We’ve already looked at the basement and the attic for common asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Now let’s look in the living spaces of a home between them. [Read more…] about Asbestos on the Ground Floor: Living Spaces and Bedrooms
In the past, we’ve talked a lot about asbestos and how widespread its use was until (and even after) the health concerns due to exposure were documented. While asbestos had many properties that made it appealing for construction materials – the long hair-like silica fibers having insulating, sound dampening, and material strengthening properties – one of its prime uses was in fire resistant or fire-proofing construction. This blog is going to look at the situation that prompted the use of fireproofing materials and how asbestos came to be chosen. [Read more…] about Asbestos Fireproofing: Where and Why It’s in Our Homes
As we’ve talked about in previous blogs, asbestos regulation and banning in the US is a mess of various federal and state laws. However, certain asbestos products were called out by name to be banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In a blast from the past, you can read this 1977 CPSC press release about “artificial fireplace emberizing materials” containing asbestos suggested as being hazardous and should be removed from chimneys. Today we’ll talk about these ornamental logs, embers, and ash, as well as other parts of the fireplace and chimney that could contain asbestos. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Chimneys, Fireplaces and Ornamental Logs