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Asbestos

Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found In The Home

  • Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.

  • Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.

  • Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.

  • Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.

  • Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.

  • Walls and floors around woodburning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.

  • Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.

  • Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.

  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.


Asbestos Do's And Don'ts For The Homeowner

  • Do keep activities to a minimum in any areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos.

  • Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.

  • Do have removal and major repair done by people trained and qualified in handling asbestos. It is highly recommended that sampling and minor repair also be done by asbestos professionals.

  • Don't dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.

  • Don't saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in asbestos materials.

  • Don't use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on a dry floor.

  • Don't sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing, install new floorcovering over it, if possible.

  • Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area, or if a large area must be cleaned, call an asbestos professional.

Major repairs must be done only by a professional trained in methods for safely handling asbestos.

Minor repairs should also be done by professionals since there is always a risk of exposure to fibers when asbestos is disturbed.

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