About Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in many different types of building materials.  It is important to know if there are any Asbestos Containing Materials in your home, office, or school before possibly disturbing it during construction, renovations, or regular day-to-day use.

Where Is Asbestos Found?

Roofing Shingles
Ceiling Tiles
Floor Tiles
Paper Products
Cement Products
Textured Paint
Insulation
Patching Compounds
Fire Proofing
Gaskets
Siding Shingles
Pipe Coatings
Adhesive/Mastic
Packaging
Heat-Resistant Fabric
Clutches & Brakes

What Is Asbestos Used For? 

Asbestos is a mineral fiber found in rock and soil. It has many sought-after characteristics such as high strength and heat resistance which is why it was used in many building construction materials over the years. 

When Is Asbestos A Potential Problem?

Asbestos fibers are most commonly released into the air during various types of construction work. ‚ÄčIt is uncommon to be exposed to asbestos if the material is not being disturbed or damaged. Keep in mind that asbestos fibers travel through the air so the issue does not necessarily have to be in your home or office.  Do you have a neighbor who is undergoing construction? Before beginning any sort of construction, renovation, or demolition project it is important, and in many areas a legal requirement, to first conduct an asbestos test.

Product Use
Home Maintenance
Repairs
Remodeling
Demolition
Building Maintenance

How Can You Prevent Asbestos Exposure?

It is usually pretty difficult to tell if something is asbestos just by looking at it.  If you believe it to be asbestos, leave it alone, and have a trained professional come to assess and sample the suspect material(s).  Asbestos testing and analysis is the only true way to know whether or not a material contains asbestos. 

DO's

Leave undamaged asbestos containing material alone

Stay away from areas with damaged materials that may contain asbestos

Take precaution not to damage asbestos containing material

Have sampling, removal, and repairs done by trained professionals

DONT's

Dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos

Saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in materials containing asbestos

Use abrasive pads or brushes to strip wax from asbestos flooring

Track material that may contain asbestos through the house or office

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