Asbestos in Bathrooms
Bathrooms are one of the most likely places to find asbestos in homes. It’s common for materials and fixtures in bathrooms to contain asbestos, especially in older houses.
Here are the areas in your bathroom where you’re most likely to find asbestos:
- Insulation materials
- Cement sheet walls
- Angled mouldings
- Areas around venting
- Ceilings (especially textured or popcorn ceilings )
- In-wall pipes
- Backings of floor tiles
Before you hire a professional contractor or begin a DIY bathroom remodel, it’s important to carefully check your bathroom for asbestos. That’s because, while undisturbed asbestos-containing materials are generally not hazardous in your home, once you start knocking down walls, replacing floor tiles, or installing a new bath or shower, you may be releasing toxic asbestos dust into the air.
What is the likelihood your bathroom has asbestos?
Although asbestos is heavily regulated today, The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are 1.2 billion square feet of sprayed- or toweled-on asbestos materials in existence in the U.S. today. These materials have an average asbestos content of 14% — significantly above the 1% limit that exists currently.
Older homes that were built prior to this increased regulation are at greater risk of having high concentrations of asbestos in their construction materials. If your home was built prior to 1970, there’s a much higher probability of asbestos in your bathroom.
Identifying Asbestos in Your Bathroom: Finding & Testing
If you have an older home and/or are planning a bathroom remodel, it’s essential that you inspect your space for asbestos to protect you, your family, and any contractors or home renovators who may be working in your home.
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to identify asbestos visually or by trying to compare your suspected area to an online example. The only effective and safe way to identify asbestos in your home is to have a sample tested by a professional asbestos testing lab . If you suspect that you’ve discovered asbestos in your bathroom, asbestos tests conducted by accredited labs can give you the peace of mind you need and help you make informed decisions about remediation and asbestos removal.
Professional Lab Testing in Portland, OR
Don’t risk your health. Asbestos-containing materials in your home, when disturbed, can release toxic fibers that are hazardous to your wellbeing. If you think you may have asbestos in your bathroom or other area in your home, it’s worth getting a sample professionally tested, especially if you’re planning any kind of home renovation or remodel.
JSE Labs offers professional asbestos testing and lab services in Portland, OR and the entire PNW region. Our testing and inspection services include sampling, surveys, air testing, and abatement project design by experienced, accredited inspectors. You can choose to collect your own sample or we can send a professional to your home.
Contact us with any questions and to get prompt, reliable results.