Seeing as asbestos can still be found in properties built before the year 2000, knowing whether this harmful material is present in your own home remains crucial. Even though you are at no risk, in theory, with undisturbed asbestos, you may still want to treat asbestos carefully if it is present! Unless the asbestos is disturbed or damaged, which can lead to dangerous fibres being released into the air, some homeowners and tenants will still want to find out if the material is nearby.
With this in mind, professional removal and disposal firm Sperion has produced this list of the various types of asbestos used in homes. If you believe you are at risk and would like additional advice or assistance, do not hesitate to contact them for expert enlightenment!
Found in roofs, ceilings, walls, and floors of domestic homes and commercial premises, this is the most commonly used form of asbestos. It was also used for pipe insulation and boiler seals as well as automobile brake linings and gaskets.
Despite the fact this is the most widespread type of asbestos, some studies suggest that it takes more exposure to Chrysotile than the alternatives to develop associated illnesses and diseases.
Although this originally came from the continent of Africa, Amosite was frequently used for cement sheets and pipe insulation in Europe. It can be found in insulating boards, ceiling tiles, and thermal insulation products too.
Exposure to Amosite, also known as brown asbestos, can increase your chances of getting cancer when compared to other types of the material according to research into asbestos related cancers by the American Cancer Society.
Most commonly used to insulate steam engines but also found in some spray-on coatings, pipe insulation, and cement products, Crocidolite is considered to be the most dangerous type of asbestos, because the fibres are incredibly thin and inhaled easily.
Referred to as blue asbestos and known for its high heat resistance, Crocidolite was mined mostly in South Africa, Bolivia, and Australia.
This type of asbestos was not used commercially, but it can be found as a contaminant in Chrysotile, vermiculite and talc powders. It was also occasionallypresent in certain asbestos-containing insulation products as well as paints, sealants, and roofing materials in days gone by!
Tremolite can be white, green, grey, or even transparent and was mainly used to insulate and fireproof various materials.
This is yet another contaminant that was not commercially used, but traces of Anthophyllite can be found in composite flooring and products containing materials such as vermiculite and talc.
Anthophyllite was mainly used in Finland, but deposits were also mined in North Carolina and Georgia. Most studies indicate that the risk of developing mesothelioma from Anthophyllite exposure is much less than other types of asbestos.
Never used commercially, Actinolite has been found in products such as paints, sealants, drywall, and joint compounds. It was also used alongside the similar mineral Vermiculite, which expands at hot temperatures thus providing great insulation.
Actinolite is quite a harsh texture and not as flexible as the alternatives, but can appear in multiple forms such as dense and compact or brittle and fibrous. Colours include white, grey, brown, and green.
In summary, beware of and careful around asbestos!
So there you have it, there are likely many more different types of asbestos than you were probably already aware of.
They all have had their part to play in the building and other sectors but should nowadays be removed safely or protected in the right way so as not to cause any contamination in the environment. This is of course because it could lead to a whole new generation of people falling victim to the vast range of diseases that exposure to it can initiate.