Asbestos in 5 Unexpected Places
Asbestos was so widely used in construction, places we regularly associate with safety are a source of asbestos exposure. It is a little bit surprising to note that one can find asbestos in 5 unexpected places, where some established asbestos abatement companies have never dealt with in their respective service areas. But like mold, asbestos can be anywhere. Churches, schools, public buildings, hospitals and your own home are among places that may contain asbestos. Make sure your family and loved ones know the places where asbestos may be lurking. Fine dust from asbestos, when disturbed during house remediation or demolition, can get lodged deep in the lungs and has been linked to lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. This will soon have a negative environmental impact of the nearby urban or rural communities. So, make sure that if it happens that your home is one where asbestos is found in 5 unexpected places, immediately find an asbestos abatement contractor that can give the service you want at a fairly low cost.
Churches primarily used asbestos materials for soundproofing and fire prevention.
People don’t often associate asbestos with soundproofing, but asbestos was added to acoustical panels to make them stronger. Acoustical panels were used on walls and ceilings to soften the echo and reverb of music played inside churches. Asbestos was also used to insulate church organ blowers and bellows. Another form of asbestos insulation found in churches includes wrap insulation around boilers and steam pipes.
Maintenance workers are the most at risk of asbestos exposure in churches. But anyone who works at a church, especially older churches, may encounter asbestos products.
Some vermiculite insulation used in the schools contains asbestos fibres, which can cause health problems if inhaled, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. As long as this kind of insulation remains undisturbed behind intact walls or in attic spaces and does not become airborne, it should not be a concern.
Any public building built before the 1980s is likely to contain asbestos-containing construction materials. Even new buildings are built with asbestos in roofing materials, vinyl tiles and cement piping.
Examples of public buildings include government buildings, police stations, movie theatres, restaurants, barbershops and hair salons, grocery stores, shopping malls and airports.
Hospitals used asbestos products to prevent fires and keep medical equipment from overheating.
Anyone who works in a hospital may come in contact with these products, but maintenance workers are most at risk of exposure. Demolition and construction workers who work on hospitals are also at risk.
Your Own Home
There’s a good chance your home contains asbestos, even if it is a new home. People associate asbestos with older homes, but many new homes are constructed with asbestos materials.
The most common asbestos construction materials used today include cement shingles, sheets and pipes, roofing and flooring materials, pipeline wrap and millboard. It is just obvious to say, that our very own home makes the cut in the list of Asbestos in 5 Unexpected Places.
Hundreds of old construction materials were made with asbestos and homeowners are advised against performing their own do-it-yourself asbestos removal projects. The most commonly encountered asbestos materials in older homes include:
- Attic insulation
- Popcorn ceilings
- Plumbing fixtures
- Electrical panels
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Drywall and cement sheets
- Plaster, putties and caulking materials
- Boiler and fireplace insulation
We hope our asbestos exposure prevention tips helped you in recognizing the red flags, and learning how to appropriately and safely handle them. Please don’t hesitate to contact BC Green to get in touch with our professionals and get a free quote.