Asbestos was used as a fire retardant and an insulation for a very long time. It was used in everything from clothes irons to home insulation. Popcorn ceilings are a common culprit for asbestos. Asbestos was first noticed to cause health problems in the 1920s; however, it was not fully banned until the late 1990s. There are different kinds of asbestos and different applications. Each kind of application has different risks.
Asbestos is most dangerous when it is friable. It is dangerous when inhaled, and to be inhaled, it must be separated into fibres. Therefore, the applications that are most easily broken into fibres are the most dangerous. This means that applications such as pipe coverings, asbestos boards, and sprayed coatings are considered the most dangerous. Any material that is exposed to your daily activity is going to be very dangerous because you could disturb it at any moment. If you have a home that was built before 1999, you need to have it inspected for asbestos. There’s a possibility that you could have asbestos in the walls or in the ceiling. Kent asbestos surveys and removals experts can determine if you have hidden asbestos in your home.
If you have some of the most dangerous applications of asbestos in your home, such as sprayed coatings and asbestos boards, you will need to have it removed by a professional. There are also some cases in which the asbestos might be hidden in out of the way areas. If it’s not located somewhere that is commonly exposed to activity, a professional might encapsulate it with a heavy coating that prevents it from fraying into fibres.