How can I tell if I have Asbestos in my home?
Although the use of asbestos in the United States was halted in the late 1970s, with just a few exceptions, this toxic mineral has continued to have an impact on the country during the last few decades. The lives of many individuals have been adversely affected by previous asbestos exposure and this mineral can still be found throughout the country, particularly in old homes, factories, and commercial buildings.
Many American buildings constructed before 1980 contain asbestos, and asbestos-containing materials come in many forms. Construction materials containing asbestos were used for centuries before researchers began to link the mineral’s fibers with serious health risks, like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
If you live or work in a building built before 1980, chances are that asbestos can be found in some part of the building, whether in the roof shingles, the insulation, an old furnace, or elsewhere.
Products today can be made with asbestos as long as it accounts for less than 1 percent of the product. Current products include brake pads, automobile clutches, roofing materials, vinyl tile, cement piping, corrugated sheeting, home insulation and some potting soils.