Asbestos was a mineral commonly used in building materials in the United States throughout most of the 1900’s, and earlier. These mineral fibers worked well for manufacturers for many reasons. For starters, they’re flexible and resistant to heat, chemicals, and electricity. That’s why they were widely used for years to make construction materials, automotive parts, and even textiles. In the 1970’s it was discovered that prolonged exposure to Asbestos could cause cancer, and production of new Asbestos materials was banned in in 1978.
Asbestos is often found in a number of commercial and residential buildings, in a wide variety of products.
We most often find Asbestos in:
- Floor & Ceiling tiles
- Popcorn Ceilings
- Piping & Attic Insulation
- HVAC ducts
- Roof Shingles
When suspect Asbestos is discovered, whether in a home or commercial building, a sample should be taken and tested by a competent lab to determine if the material contains Asbestos. If it is determined that the sample does contain Asbestos, and that the Asbestos does pose a risk to people, an abatement plan (a plan to remove or prevent exposure) should be created.
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