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Asbestos and Prevention: The Danger of Asbestos

In the twentieth century, asbestos was called the “miracle fiber.” It found its way into thousands of household and industrial products. In fact, asbestos could be found in an estimate 3,000 different products, for example:

• Vinyl flooring
• Patching compounds
• Textured paints
• Acoustic ceiling tiles
• Stove insulation
• Furnace insulation

• Pipe insulation
• Wall and ceiling insulation
• Roofing shingles and siding
• Home appliances
• Fire-retardant clothing
• Cement pipe

Over time, mesothelioma and asbestos exposure were found to share a common correlation. Such widespread exposure to asbestos has injured generations of workers and created a mountain of litigation that has driven numerous American companies to seek refuge in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Unfortunately, the media has only recently begun to cover asbestos information focusing on exposure and its medical, as well as economical, impact. The 2005 indictments of W.R. Grace Executives, for failing to protect their workers and the general public from exposure to asbestos-tainted vermiculite, has succeeded in making asbestos poisoning prime time news.

Asbestos In The Home

It’s not uncommon for homes, especially those built before 1980, to have asbestos particles in floor tiles, insulation, ceilings, roof shingles, siding and other areas of the home.

The dangers of asbestos in the home arise when asbestos particles become airborne. This could happen in situations that stir up dust consisting of asbestos particles. For example, asbestos can be released into the air through the use of ceiling fans or opening and closing window coverings in rooms with old ceilings.

Asbestos Home Inspection

Having an asbestos home inspection can provide these answers for you. It is recommended that a certified asbestos professional conduct the asbestos inspection in your home. Key areas the inspection might emphasize are:


To find a qualified asbestos inspection professional, please refer the website for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) here.

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