How to identify asbestos

How to identify asbestos

Homes and buildings built after the mid 1980s are unlikely to contain asbestos-based construction materials. These materials were phased out in the 1980s, but it was used heavily in buildings/homes built from 1930 to 1980.

how to identify asbestosAsbestos cannot easily be recognized. Unless a material is labeled as containing asbestos, just looking at it with the naked eye will not discern the presence of asbestos. There are still some ways to identify asbestos. These are not accurate but can give you an idea on how to identify asbestos:

-Sidings – Asbestos fibers were heavily used for making home sidings. Look at the thickness of paint on the siding. If there are many layers of paint, then it means the sliding is old enough to contain asbestos.

-Pipe insulation –  In the manufacturing process, asbestos pipe insulation was covered with a corrugated cardboard wrapper.And modern pipes are coated with heavy weight craft paper.Just see the exposed end of the pipe insulation. You can easily identify cardboard wrapper against craft paper.

– Floor tiles- Asbestos was also used heavily in making tiles and you can see them in old houses or renovated flooring.These tiles are typically black, brown or dark gray and tend to be much thicker than more modern, asbestos-free tiles. Most products which contain asbestos and can be inhaled are required to be labeled these days.

Article publié pour la première fois le 20/03/2013

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