How Do I Know if a Product has Asbestos?

Asbestos Material

Imagine you are looking to move into a big, beautiful home that was built in the early 1900s. Your family may be excited about your “new” dream home, but that dream actually may turn out to be a nightmare. During the 1900’s, many homes, buildings, offices, military barracks and other structures were built using asbestos. Until asbestos regulations were enacted during the 1970s and 80s, countless homes were constructed with asbestos building materials. So if your home was built before 1980, then chances are there is asbestos material located on or within the structure.

Many asbestos products commonly used in homes include insulation, flooring and ceiling tiles, adhesives, paint, siding and much more. That raises the big question, “How do I know if a product contains asbestos.” In short, you won’t know just by looking at it, but there are precautions you can take in order to protect yourself and your family, including:

  • If your house was built before 1980, then it may contain asbestos products.
  • If a product or building material looks suspicious, then treat it as if it contains asbestos.
  • If you suspect your home may have asbestos, then have a professional come in for a thorough inspection.
  • If you would like to remodel your home, then understand that disturbing asbestos may release fibers into the air.
  • If you are knocking down drywall, then tearing up flooring tiles or removing old insulation you increase your chances of being exposed to asbestos.
  • Do not touch asbestos and limit access to areas you suspect to have asbestos products in them.
  • If an inspector determines that your home does have asbestos, then you must have a professional asbestos removal business come in and remove it.
  • A professional asbestos abatement company will seal the asbestos with a product that binds asbestos fibers together preventing them from being released into the air.


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