What is asbestos?

Asbestos refers to one of six naturally occurring fibrous silicate materials.  It is added to many building materials due to various beneficial properties.

What are the health concerns of asbestos?

Asbestos exposure can lead to diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis (lung scarring), and mesothelioma (cancer of the lung cavity lining). There is a long latency period for these diseases. It could be 30 years after exposure before symptoms of disease begin.

Do I have asbestos in my home?

Asbestos is found in many building products that were used up until the 1980's.  Suspected asbestos containing materials should be tested by a professional testing company to determine the exact contents.  Some asbestos containing building materials are:

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