Asbestos was commonly used in a variety of building materials in older homes, including:
Insulation (e.g., pipe insulation, attic insulation)
Flooring (e.g., vinyl floor tiles, sheet vinyl flooring, and adhesive)
Roofing (e.g., shingles, felt, and tar paper)
Textured paints and coatings (e.g., popcorn ceiling texture, textured wall paint)
Cement and plaster products (e.g., cement pipes, plaster walls, and ceilings)
HVAC duct insulation and tape.
However, it is important to note that asbestos may also be present in other materials not listed here, and only a professional inspection can confirm the presence of asbestos in a particular material or location. Asbestos testing and inspections are an additional service that Spartan Home Inspections can perform for you during the home inspection.
A professional inspection and testing can confirm the presence of asbestos in a particular material or location, which is important because asbestos-containing materials that are in good condition and left undisturbed may not pose a health risk. However, if asbestos-containing materials are damaged, deteriorating, or disturbed during renovation or maintenance activities, asbestos fibers can become airborne and be inhaled. This can lead to serious health problems, which is why it is important to identify and properly handle any asbestos-containing materials in the home. If asbestos is found in the home, a trained and certified asbestos abatement professional should be hired to remove it safely and properly. Attempting to remove asbestos without the proper training and equipment can put you and your family at risk of asbestos exposure. By having your home tested for asbestos, you can identify any potential risks and take steps to ensure the safety of you and your family.