What Is Asbestos And Where Is It Found?

 

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and has been directly linked to lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.  When disturbed, Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) has the potential to become friable, which means it will release asbestos fibers into the air.  This release is inherently dangerous for anyone in the affected area because of  proven health hazards associated with asbestos.

 

  • Asbestos is a mineral mined from the earth. Because it is highly fire retardant and a good insulator, it was widely used in a number of applications in the construction industry. 

  • Buildings and homes constructed from 1930 through the 1950s could contain asbestos insulation.

  • Most 9X9 floor tiles and mastics of that time period contain asbestos.

  • Roofing and siding shingles can contain asbestos cement.

  • Some textured ceilings, drywall and joint compounds contained asbestos until 1977, when their use was banned.

  • Insulating asbestos paper was used around wood burning stoves and fireplaces.

  • Tape used for HVAC ductwork may contain asbestos.

  • Window and door caulking may contain asbestos.

 

What Should I Do If I Suspect Asbestos Is In My Building or Home?

 

  • Contact an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) certified building inspector to do a survey on your home.

 

Green Circle Environmental has highly trained technician that will come to your home and conduct a survey of the suspect ACM (asbestos containing material) in order to determine whether or not you are at risk for asbestos exposure.