10 Places Asbestos May Be Lurking in Your Home

Paul Pogue
Written by Paul Pogue
Updated March 15, 2016
infographic showing places in home where asbestos may be found
(Infographic by Amanda Goehlert)

Asbestos likely remains in millions of homes, especially those built before the 1970s.

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Here are 10 places you’re most likely to find asbestos in the home:

1. Roofing and siding shingles

2. Automobile brake pads and linings, clutch facings and gaskets

3. Stovetop pads, ironing board covers and fireproof gloves

4. Artificial ashes and embers for gas-fired fireplaces

5. Hot water pipes, steam pipes and boilers

6. Door gaskets on furnaces, wood stoves and coal stoves

7. Insulation in attic or walls

8. Textured paint or patching compounds used on wall or ceiling joints

9. Vinyl floor tiles, often in kitchens or basements

10. Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves

Word of warning

Call a professional when doing any remodeling work that may involve disturbing materials that contain asbestos. You can search Angie's List for contractors who do asbestos testing or removal.

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