The Dangers of Asbestos Pipes
The average recommended lifespan of asbestos-containing pipelines and sewers is about 70 years, and over time, these systems and pipes develop cracks and deteriorate due to weather, demolition or corrosion. This is especially true in abandoned or under-maintained buildings that do not undergo proper inspection.
There are many disadvantages of asbestos cement pipes, and as these pipes degrade, the asbestos fibres used in the construction materials leak into the water supply, increasing the danger of asbestos leaking into the water supply and causing increased dangerous health risks to the general public.
Asbestos in Your Home
Many construction materials that were used for building homes prior to the 1980s included asbestos. If you’re planning on renovating your home which was built before 1980, contractors who attempt to drill, remove, or saw any materials which may contain asbestos could cause crumbling – which could lead to asbestos being breathed in, or even contaminated water supplies; leading to damage to health.
Older construction materials that were made with asbestos prior to the 1980s include: Siding shingles, insulation, textured paint and patching, artificial ashes and embers used in fireplaces, vinyl floor tiles, vinyl sheet flooring, stovetop pads, cement pipes and more.