Asbestos in ceramic tiles

2016-02-06

Can there be asbestos in ceramic tiles, like floor tiles or wall tiles? Do other non-ceramic tiles such as terrazzo contain asbestos? Questions can arise, given that asbestos where put to use in so many situations, for a large amount of products and materials. Asbestos in ceramic tiles? Ceramic floor and wall tile produced in North America would not be expected to contain asbestos. However you may find asbestos in…

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Asbestos in Carpet Underlay

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2016-02-02

Can there be asbestos in carpet underlay? Yes, it has been found that some fibrous backing of certain kinds of carpets contain asbestos. Also, the adhesive/glue used for the carpet often contain asbestos. The carpet fabric is also a natural stash of dust mites and particles that get stuck easiely in the fabric, including asbestos fibers. You might want to think twice when planning to dust or shake your old…

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Asbestos in carpets

asbestos in carpets
2016-02-02

Allthough not widespread, you might find asbestos in carpets. Asbestos fibers could lurk in the carpet underlay, in the carpet adhesive/glue or naturally stuck in the woven fabric along with regular dust. Asbestos in carpet underlay Although carpets don’t contain asbestos normally, it may at times contain asbestos. It has been found that some fibrous backing of certain kinds of carpets contain asbestos. Because of this, it’s not a good practice…

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Asbestos in bricks

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2016-01-10

Asbestos in bricks were used to strengthen and provide resistance to heat. Bricks are one of the primary building blocks of the construction industry. They serve several different purposes, but they must all be strong, tough and durable. One type of brick must also have another attribute – the ability to hold up under intense heat and not only be able to survive a fire but to also help to…

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Asbestos Boiler Insulation

2016-01-03

It was industry standard to use asbestos boiler insulation, and in some countries it still is. Depending on the manufacturer, the products ranged from gaskets and bearings to paste lagging or even raw asbestos. Most of the machine’s heated components contained some form of asbestos insulation. Block insulation was especially common, and most boilers contained a one-inch slab around the furnace walls and tube banks. Even though the asbestos was…

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Asbestos Floor Tiles with asphalt

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2016-01-03

Asbestos floor tiles made with asphalt were popular in in the 1940’s – 1970’s and were produced by some manufacturers as late as 1980 in the western world. In asian countries they are possibly still produced and installed. Asphalt-asbestos floor tiles were produced at first in dark colors using a heavy asphalt binder combined with a very high percentage of asbestos filler fibers. If you encounter black or very dark…

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Asbestos in acoustical plaster

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2015-12-19

Asbestos in acoustical plaster was exremely common in homes and businesses for two primary reasons: style and function. This plaster is sprayed on walls and ceilings. The most well known example of this is the  “popcorn ceiling“. Besides the look, it also had the benefit of absorbing sound and reducing the amount of echoes from noise generated in rooms. Acoustical plaster was previosly made with asbestos, and applied in homes and buildings…

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Asbestos in adhesives – Vicious glue

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2015-12-18

Asbestos in adhesives was commonly used to help bond carpet, flooring and ceiling tiles in buildings built prior to the 1980s. Asbestos in adhesives was also used to patch and seal joints on boilers and pipes. Asbestos was used in these products because it created a strong bond to a variety of surfaces that could withstand extreme heat and even fire. It can be found in houses, schools, commercial buildings,…

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