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What products

in the home might

contain asbestos?


When the current asbestos regulations were put in place in 1980, asbestos was not banned in the USA, it was strictly regulated. That means that it is totally legal for the materials used in building a home, school or business today to contain asbestos - and many of them do! There are over 3600 documented building materials in use today in the USA that are considered to be ACM (asbestos containing materials). There’s no way we can cover the entire list in one page, but we can give you the most common ACM sources. An item on this list is not necessarily ACM - it’s only possible to be ACM. You can not tell if a material is ACM without laboratory analysis.


INTERIOR

• tile mastic

• drywall joint compound

• drywall (rare)

• pipe wrap insulation

• duct insulation

• attic & wall insulation

• grout

• chimney insulation

• acoustic tiles

• ceiling texture

• wall texture

• cement board

• furnace insulation

some plasters

• interior caulking

• fancy decorative plasters

• floor tile

• wall tile

• vermiculite insulation

some interior paints

• inside fire doors (insulator)

• wire insulation

+ many others.


Asbestos is most commonly used as a binder (to strengthen a weaker material), as a heat resistant or as an insulating material and is too small to be seen with the naked eye. There is NO chemical test available today to detect asbestos.


EXTERIOR

• roofing

• roofing adhesive

• transite siding

• cement

• caulking

• expansion joints

• vinyl siding

• exterior caulking

• pool plaster

• concrete block

• vermiculite garden additive

• roofing paint

some exterior paints

+ more

If these materials ARE in your home there’s no need to panic. If the ACM is in good condition it’s perfectly safe to leave it in place. However, if an ACM  becomes damaged - so that they can release fibers to the air - you need to do something about it to prevent that fiber release. It must either be repaired, enclosed, encapsulated or removed.


When in doubt, absent laboratory testing, it is safest to assume an unknown material does contain asbestos and then treat it as such.


ASBESTOS IS A KNOWN CARCINOGEN,

use caution, even with a suspected ACM.


The effects of asbestos exposure can take decades after exposure to manifest as Mesothelioma or lung cancer. Don’t assume you’re safe during an exposure because you show no symptoms at the time of exposure.


If you’re not sure of the proper, and safe ways to handle asbestos, call in an expert. It may save you, your family or your employees from a debilitating result later.

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