Asbestos Indicators: Insulation, Paint, Roofing, Tank

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on asbestos and why its dangerous in your home, plus how homes built before the early 80s have a higher risk of asbestos presence due to building materials that were used at the time. Home age is just one potential indicator of asbestos, however, and there are also several others.

At Aerolite Consulting, we’re here to offer quality asbestos testing for any home, whether you’re purchasing it from a prior seller or are in any other situation where such an inspection might be necessary. What are some of the other possible indicators that asbestos could be present in unsafe levels within your home, and that you may need to call our team for a test or inspection? Here are several to consider.

Presence of Vermiculite Insulation

One of the most direct and obvious signs that a home may contain asbestos is if its insulation measures in the form of vermiculite are present. This material, which was once widely used as an inexpensive insulating material, has been determined to have contained asbestos fibers in many cases. If you find vermiculite insulation in any part of your home, it’s important to call a testing and remediation expert as soon as possible.

Older Textured Ceiling Paint

Another indicator of asbestos presence is if you find any textured ceiling paint present in the home. Generally speaking, this type of paint was produced prior to 1980, and if it’s present in your prospective home purchase or other property situation you’re in, you may need to have a test performed before proceeding.

Corrugated Roofing

Still another potential indicator of asbestos presence is the presence of corrugated roofing materials. This type of material was popular for use in home construction prior to 1980, and if it’s present, it may be a sign that an inspection is needed.

For those who are unsure what corrugated roofing materials are, they are generally made up of alternating flat layers that create a ribbed pattern, and they’re often used as roofing or even interior paneling in homes.

Older Cement Water Tank

If you’ve noticed the presence of an older cement water tank in your home, it may indicate a higher likelihood for the presence of asbestos. This type of tank is generally constructed from cement and other materials that can contain asbestos fibers, so it’s important to have them tested if you find one in or around your home or potential property purchase.

Ultimately, while age is certainly one sign of a potential asbestos problem, there are many others as well. If you’re concerned about the presence of asbestos in your home or potential property purchase, contact the experts at Aerolite Consulting today to learn more and schedule an inspection. We look forward to helping you protect yourself and your family from any possible dangers, including not just asbestos but numerous other physical or environmental threats.