Health Tips and Wellness Tips

Asbestos Homes

Where can asbestos in homes be found?

Asbestos can be found in many places in homes today. Siding shingles as well as roofing materials can be made of cement that contains asbestos. Homes that have textured paint and show the use of patching compounds on walls and ceiling joints may have asbestos present if these materials were used before 1977 when such materials were banned.

You might also find asbestos in embers and ashes used for fireplaces powered by gas.


Before their use was banned, contractors used protective asbestos paper or cement sheets around walls and floors that were near wood burning stoves.

You can also find asbestos in some types of vinyl floor tiles and you also find it on the back of vinyl sheets as well as in adhesives.

Older homes may have steam pipes and hot water pipes coated with asbestos material.

Hot air oil furnaces and even door gaskets may have asbestos used for insulating properties.

Modern products usually don't have asbestos in them. But there's still a danger since products used before the 1970s did have asbestos in them. Insulation materials used asbestos and so did products that could be wrapped in an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape such as furnace ducts, steam pipes and boilers.

Old vinyl tiles can contain asbestos and so can the cement holding them in place.

Before asbestos was banned for construction purposes, many people used asbestos to help soundproof rooms and even to provide decorations that were adhered to the walls and ceilings.

You can also find asbestos in joint patching compounds that are used for walls and ceilings.

Even old ironing board covers and a few hairdryers may contain asbestos.

And you can certainly find asbestos in cars, such as for clutch facing, some gaskets and break pads and linings.

If you have an older home, you may very well have asbestos somewhere in it, but don't get too alarmed because if you leave asbestos alone fibers will probably not be released that can be injurious to your health.

Don't handle materials in your home that you think have asbestos in them since touching these items could release asbestos fibers.

If you need to get rid of something in your home that contains asbests, be sure to hire a professional to protect your health.

Asbestos is a building material used to be highly regarded until it was discovered that airborne asbestos can be released that can cause cancer.

Even if you have a newer home and wish to do some remodeling, make sure that you're not disturbing any possible asbestos-containing materials.