Most people know that asbestos can be found lurking in the insulation, piping, or structural elements of an old home. However, there are several more lesser-known sources that few people even know to check.
If you think your home may need asbestos removal and you're planning to call in a professional, don't forget to have these four spots inspected for warning signs.
1. Your wallpaper
When most homeowners think about the possibility of asbestos in their walls, they typically think of the building components: bricks, insulation, and so on. However, the actual source can be much closer—your wallpaper.
If your wallpaper was installed before the 1980s, there's a chance it may contain asbestos. In particular, the compound was often used to make water-resistant vinyl wallpaper, which is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms.
2. Your window sealant
Asbestos can be found even in the most unassuming of places, including the sealant putty lining your windows. Asbestos-containing putty was used extensively in the mid-20th century as a way to strengthen windows. However, since few people look at their window seals closely, most don't even consider what could be lurking inside.
This putty can release asbestos when you have your windows replaced or upgraded, but it can also wear down over time. If the sealant is particularly old and worn, even cleaning your windows could release asbestos particles into the air.
3. Your fences
When checking your home for signs of asbestos, don't just look inside. Asbestos can also be found in your yard, particularly in your fences. If your yard has cement sheet fencing, it's worth having your property line inspected.
While you're generally at greater risk of inhaling asbestos fibers indoors, they can become airborne outside as well. Any damage to your fence could release the particles into the atmosphere, from a knock while gardening to a rough storm.
4. Your carpet underlay
Finally, don't forget the places that are buried (literally) in your home. Take your carpet underlay, for example, the thin sheet of resistant material installed under your carpet to provide an extra level of cushioning and support.
As gorgeous as an antique carpet can be, it may also harbor asbestos. If your carpet is in great condition, any asbestos fibers are likely to stay buried in the underlay. However, if it's damaged and any part of the underlay is showing, it may release fibers into the air when you vacuum or even walk. And, if it's damaged to the point of replacement, lifting up the carpet will expose all the asbestos underneath.
For more information, contact an asbestos removal service today.