Asbestos: Silent Killer

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Did you know…

“The major health problem caused by asbestos exposure, aside from cancer, is a lung disease called asbestosis. When a person breathes high levels of asbestos over time, some of the fibers lodge deep in the lungs. Irritation caused by the fibers can eventually lead to scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs”

-American Cancer Society

What is asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a group of six types of naturally occurring minerals. Asbestos minerals are made up of fine, durable fibers and are resistant to heat, fire and many chemicals. Once called the “miracle mineral” for such properties, asbestos was used in a slew of everyday products, from building materials to fireproof protective gear.

Abestos is not anything to play around with when it comes to our health. Asbestos were banned in the US in 1999. However, if you have a home that was built before this time…

According to the EPA, here are places (to only name a few) that asbestos can be.

  • Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automobile clutches and brakes

 

 

 

3 comments on “Asbestos: Silent Killer”

  1. Should I still be worried about asbestos with a newly built home? I’m a first time home buyer and I bought a brand new townhome with no previous owners. I thought they stopped using asbestos a long time ago. Should I still be having those places in my house inspected?

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment & inquiry! Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Blue & Brown asbestos were banned in 1985 and White asbestos was banned in 1999. It should be safe to assume that if the home were built after 1999, you should be asbestos free.

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