Are you thinking about doing a home remodel, or you might still be using an old appliance because it is operational? If so, you may be running the risk of being exposed to asbestos. While the use of asbestos in construction and products has been banned since the 1970s, it is still possible that it might be present in your residence or products that you use frequently.
Here are five places or products where asbestos may be hiding in your home:
1) Hair Dryers
Hair dryers are arguably the most common of all appliances that may have asbestos inside. Hair dryers that were manufactured in the US stopped including asbestos in the 1970s. Consequently, most hair dryers from that time are no longer working or in the home. Yet, hair dryers from foreign manufacturers may still have asbestos inside, and it is smart to check to see if it is present.
2) Popcorn Poppers
Similar to crock pots, many popcorn poppers from the 1970s contained asbestos to prevent the heat from being transferred from the pan to the internal components. Many electrical elements in the poppers also contained asbestos in the wrapping. It’s still possible that some poppers made from overseas may still contain asbestos.
3) Baby Powder
Talc is found in most baby powder products. It is a mineral that may contain tremolite asbestos, although the amount is quite small and mostly harmless. Given that most talc is made in the US, this may be a small issue. However, baby powder that comes from other countries may not have the same regulations in place to ensure that the levels of tremolite asbestos are controlled.
4) Crock Pots
Of the many appliances that have been around for decades, crock pots are one of the most likely to have asbestos inside. The asbestos was used to line the pot to keep the heat inside and protect the electrical cords to prevent a fire from breaking out. While most crock pots from 50 years ago used chrysotile, which is less likely to cause cancer than asbestos, it is still toxic and should be removed from the home.
5) Older Homes
If your home was built in the mid-1970s or before and you are considering remodeling, then you’ll want to have it inspected for asbestos. While asbestos materials are mostly found in commercial structures, it was still used in some home construction thanks to its durability and fire-retardant capabilities. Although the asbestos itself does not present a danger unless the fibers are exposed, it is the main cause of mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer.
If you suspect that your home might have asbestos, call the experts at Brickley Environmental. At Brickley Environmental, we have the knowledge, experience, and ability to identify and remove asbestos from your home.