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Asbestos in Plaster

For many years, asbestos in plaster was normal and accepted. In fact trendy, decorative plaster materials contained asbestos between the 1940’s and 1980’s until its deadly effects became better known and was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to EHow.com, this type of decorative plaster was most often used in artex ceilings that were at peak popularity between the 60’s and 70’s.

Does Your Plaster Contain Asbestos?

How can you tell if the plaster in your home contains asbestos? Here are a few questions to keep in mind:

• How old is your home? If your home was built between 1940 and 1980, the plaster is more likely to contain asbestos.
• What is the texture of the plaster? Plaster more likely to contain asbestos will probably have a puffy, popcorn texture and appearance.
• What is the style of your home? Art deco styles popular in the past are more likely to contain asbestos in the plaster.

How to Deal with Asbestos in Plaster

Keep in mind plaster that is undamaged and in good condition isn’t as likely to pose any hazardous health threat. The danger lies in the disturbance of asbestos fibers that occurs with damaged, worn plaster.

If you think your home contains asbestos in the plaster, get a professional opinion from a certified asbestos professional. Don’t touch or take samples of the plaster on your own if you think it contains asbestos, as this may release particles into the air to be inhaled. Professionals certified in the handling and disposal of asbestos are better suited to take care of the substance in a safe way.

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