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Finding Asbestos in Your Home

Asbestos exposure can happen in many places, even your own home. Since asbestos fibers have been worked into construction materials and consumer products of all kinds over the years, many US homeowners and renting families are experiencing exposure today as the materials break down over time.

But how do you know if your home contains asbestos?

Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in flooring, ceiling tiles, roof shingles, insulation, and more. Attics, garages, even your bathroom can possibly contain asbestos materials.


Upon hearing this news, homeowners and families might begin to worry. But you should only be really concerned if you are remodeling or notice damaged walls or ceilings, or other materials breaking down in your home. Asbestos is most dangerous when it is friable, meaning easily crumbled or reduced to a powder. When broken down, asbestos fibers can become airborne and breathed in by different individuals.

Visually inspecting your home will be the first step in determining if asbestos is a problem for you and your family in your home. If you suspect you have found asbestos fibers in your home, it is important that you send samples to a certified laboratory for testing. If the analysis comes back positive, it is time to hire a certified asbestos abatement company who will legally, ethically, and responsibly clean the asbestos from your home.

Some asbestos abatement companies have gotten into trouble with the EPA and OSHA for violating serious environmental and labor laws during asbestos removal. Be sure to put your home in the hands of someone you trust; asbestos is nothing to be messed with!

If you worry about finding asbestos in your home, see Asbestos Network for more information. 


Interesting article with lots of useful information on finding asbestos in your home. Having an asbestos survey is a great way to find out if your home contains asbestos without putting yourself in danger if you come across it.

It's crazy that I just learned about asbestos being bad because it falls apart and you could inhale it. I'm more confused about it being damaging because of that, but isn't it just poisonous? Hopefully my house has no asbestos when I start remodeling it soon.

Hi Chris. We understand how crazy it is to learn about the dangers of asbestos -- it seems to be everywhere. Ultimately, the substance is a known carcinogen and poses a hazard to your health when breathed in or digested. Your body will work to remove the fibers, but oftentimes it is unable to. Over time (often decades after exposure first takes place), fatal tumors can develop where fibers are stuck. If you are worried about asbestos in your home, do not hesitate to call a pro to check it out! It was worked into many different building materials, and many older homes contain it. Please peruse our website for more information or reach out if you have any questions. We are happy to help.

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