The dangers of asbestos have been well documented for decades. Exposure to stray fibers can cause serious respiratory illness, including cancers like mesothelioma. While asbestos removal has helped remove this dangerous substance from a variety of homes, there are still a shockingly large number of items that contain asbestos, some of which are still being produced. Check this list to see if you own any potentially deadly items.
Boilers are one of the most common home items with asbestos. Up until the late '70s, asbestos was commonly used as boiler insulation. As a result, many homes built before the '70s may have a boiler lined with asbestos.
These boilers were most commonly fitted with asbestos out of Quebec called chrysotile asbestos. While this type doesn't generally call mesothelioma, other boilers contained crocidolite and amosite asbestos, which do.
If you've never installed a new boiler in your home, you may want to get the old one inspected or replaced ASAP.
Asbestos was a common insulator in a variety of auto components, particularly brake linings. The shocking thing is that asbestos was still used in brakes produced as recently as 1993, the year that Ford used asbestos lining to treat brake noise in the Crown Victoria.
In fact, asbestos is still prevalent in higher-end import vehicles. And while more inexpensive vehicles are likely free of asbestos-filled brakes, some aftermarket brakes can be positively swimming in it.
Hot Water Pipes
Asbestos was popular in construction projects because of its amazing insulation abilities. That's why there are still some hot water pipes coated with the stuff. Asbestos-coated pipes are most common in industrial buildings, but they were still installed in residential areas.
Thankfully, asbestos-covered pipes can be coated with a plaster that holds down the dangerous loose fibers that cause respiratory problems. However, the best way to deal with these pipes is to install new ones without asbestos.
Hairdryers manufactured before 1980 used asbestos as insulation for their heating unit. Thankfully, few people likely still rock a 30-year-old hairdryer. However, if you even used a hairdryer before 1980, that's a good chance you may have been exposed to asbestos.
If you own any of these items, you need to talk to an asbestos abatement expert (such as one from Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc) as soon as possible. They will assess the asbestos danger of these items, other items in your home, and safely remove them.