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Tuesday 13 April 2021
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How to Spot the Signs of Asbestos

How to Spot the Signs of Asbestos

The number of houses in Europe, continental United States, and the world as a whole is very high and even continues to grow in some cases as new cases are revealed. The use of asbestos has also not stopped completely even after its serious health hazards were revealed. There are products, especially in the automotive industry that are still being manufactured using asbestos. As such, you are safer knowing how to identify asbestos and asbestos-containing materials, ACMs. Below are some common signs that you can rely on to notice the presence of asbestos.

The age of your building

The use of asbestos in the manufacture of products that we use in our daily lives continued up until in 1985 in the UK. Asbestos was used to make household appliances, automotive, and building materials all over the country with next to minimum restrictions. In fact, all forms of asbestos were in use. You could easily find asbestos in housing pipes, boilers, roofing materials, insulation, and hairdryers.

That means that a good number of products that were made using asbestos are still in use even today after the use of the material was banned or highly restricted. As such, the age of a building is a very good sign to use to determine if asbestos was used in its construction or not. If the house was constructed before 1985, then there is a good chance that it was made with products made from asbestos.

Below are some of the places in construction where asbestos was used.

Insulation and interior painting

Asbestos was heavily used in the manufacture of attic insulation in the period between 1920 and 1980. The insulation was made using asbestos because of its good insulation properties. As such, if your attic insulation was installed before or in the 1980s, there is a good chance that it is made of asbestos. To be sure, you should have it tested.

Interior paints of the 1990s and earlier were made using asbestos as one of the active ingredients. The asbestos would remain locked into the paint, but if the surface got scratched, it would render the asbestos airborne. Thus, if your house was painted in the 1990s, it may have a coat of asbestos-painting underneath the many coats of paint applied over time.

Window Putty, car parts, drywall, floor tiles, and home siding

All these products were made using asbestos several years ago. Manufacturers had the idea of making window putty that was fire-resistant and using asbestos seemed like a good idea.

Even today, the automotive industry still makes use of asbestos in making several different kinds of car parts. These include clutches, brake pads, and gaskets among others. The durability of asbestos is the reason it is still used sparingly in cars even today. It is thus recommendable to be careful when you are replacing car parts because they may contain asbestos.

Most drywalls used today are free of asbestos. However, if the drywall is fire-protection resistant, then there are chances that it contains asbestos. This is especially true for drywalls that were made in the 1980s and beyond. Get a qualified London-based asbestos survey expert to have your house surveyed today.