Asbestos and its dangers are known by most homeowners, mainly because it is such a hot topic. However, during the 1980s, asbestos was not on construction contractors’ or homeowners’ radars. During this time, asbestos fibers were used in insulation. It was the perfect filler, as it was heat resistant and durable, and cost-effective. What was once considered top-tier insulation, is now needing to be removed from properties throughout the United States.

Asbestos Insulation – The Dangers

Asbestos-containing insulation is far more common than you might imagine. Homes and commercial buildings built into the 1990s most likely contain asbestos. This is a problem because insulation, like other materials, will eventually begin to break down over time. When this occurs, asbestos becomes friable, meaning it is of immediate danger of exposure to anyone in and around the property. Asbestos exposure causes many severe illnesses and symptoms. Asbestos exposure causes lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. These illnesses cause severe respiratory problems that are often long-term.

Types Of Asbestos Insulation

It is impossible to know if a property contains asbestos without an asbestos test. However, we will discuss the types of insulation below.

Block Insulation

Block insulation is often made of foam and is installed in panels. This type of insulation is found throughout your property.

Blanket Insulation

Blanket insulation is usually in large rolls and looks like a blanket of cotton. This is often used to wrap pipes and for attics and walls.

Spray-On Insulation

Spray-on insulation is used for areas that are hard to reach. This type is sprayed in a liquid form that expands, filling gaps.

Loose-Fill Insulation

Loose-fill insulation can be used in many different areas of your property. You will notice it by its texture, which is fluffy.

The above types of insulation are still used today, but without asbestos fibers. As we stated above, you cannot simply look at insulation and know if it contains asbestos. Certified asbestos abatement professionals will need to take samples from your property and then have them tested. If your home is a bit older, it is best to have the insulation checked for asbestos fibers, as you are risking exposure to your family.