Asbestos

For years we have known about the harmful effects of asbestos. It was a flame retardant substance used for multiple purposes. It was commonly used in various building materials until the US banned it. Homes built before 1982 need to be tested for Asbestos materials.

Where asbestos may be found:

  • Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automobile clutches and brakes

Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma: a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart
  • Asbestosis: a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs

Properly removing the contaminated areas are critical. If you think you may have asbestos in your home, testing the material before any demo or remodeling is needed. Contact us if you have any concerns about asbestos at 480.981.1131