4 Common Places You’ll Find Asbestos Lurking

If you’re a fan of home renovation shows, you’ve probably seen the horrors associated with asbestos. On many popular shows, homeowners and hosts face various problems when they begin opening walls. One of the biggest, and most hazardous is the presence of asbestos. Because this fiber was widely used up until the late 1980s, many older homes and businesses contain asbestos – without ever realizing it. However, once renovations begin, asbestos abatement in Massachusetts is a must to ensure optimal health those inhabiting the building.

At Atlantic Bay Contracting, we’ve seen asbestos in nearly every place it could possible lurk. However, there are some areas more common than others. In this article, we’re presenting you with four common areas around your home that may contain and require asbestos abatement.

 

Ceilings

Possibly one of the most notorious elements of older home that are known to be asbestos bearing is the popcorn ceiling. A once popular texture, the popcorn look, along with different kinds of ceiling and wall tiles and paints, are known to have asbestos fibers. Undisturbed, this may not pose a threat. However, with popcorn look being an undesirable feature to homeowners, once the ceiling scraping and resurfacing begins, asbestos pores can be realized into the air.

 

Siding

Known for it’s superior heat-resistance properties, it comes as no surprise that asbestos was a go-to for exterior products. Siding and stucco are two elements which raise the red flag in homes built before the 1980s. Beyond the heat-resistance properties, asbestos also acts as a strengthening agent.

 

Insulation

According to the EPA, if your home has vermiculite insulation, you should assume this material may be contaminated. The EPA further recommends that the insulation be left undisturbed until a qualified team of experienced professionals can assess the situation.

 

Pipe/boiler/water heater insulation

Pipes and other hot surface areas require heat protection to avoid fires. Until the late 1970’s, asbestos was the ultimate form of protection. Used as an insulation for items like steam pipes, vents, heating ducts, HVAC systems, indoor and outdoor boilers, and water heaters, asbestos was undoubtedly the go-to leaving many homes and businesses currently exposed.

When it comes time for renovations, asbestos abatement in Massachusetts may be inevitable. However, it’s imperative to remember that the process is not one to handle alone. At Atlantic Bay Contracting, our team has handled asbestos for decades. Following all state and government guidelines, you can have peace of mind that your asbestos situation will be handled with the utmost care and precision.

For more information, please contact Allen Young today by calling (617) 782-4986.

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