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Asbestos in the Home

Asbestos in homes can be from various building materials used during the construction of the residence.  The following list does not contain all products or materials that contain asbestos.  The listed materials are a few of the more readily seen and available within a normal older home typically built prior to 1972.  Examples of asbestos containing materials (ACM) are as follows:

  • Insulation within the ceiling, walls, piping, on ductwork and even sprayed on insulation may contain asbestos
  • Plaster
  • Roof tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Mastics
  • Adhesives
  • Joint compounds - spackling compounds
  • Caulks and putties
  • Felt products
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Textured paints
  • Fire safety/resistance materials such as insulation, boiler insulation, fiberboard, curtains, door insulation
  • Electrical uses such as light bulb bases, electric hot water systems, switchboards, insulators

In the 1970's the EPA started to put out guidelines and bulletins regarding asbestos containing materials in homes and started to ban these materials from being used.  OSHA Asbestos regulations came out in 1972.  If you have an older home there are several things to be aware of when dealing with your homes construction materials.  If you suspect ACM in your home, you can have it tested to confirm that it is ACM.  When you know or even if you suspect that you have ACM in your home, use some simple common sense actions.  These are as follows;

  • If you are remodeling or having any work activities on the ACM or suspect ACM materials - take appropriate precautions such as have the materials tested and have the confirmed ACM removed by a Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor.
  • Leave damaged ACM alone.  Do not disturb these materials. 
  • If the damaged ACM material is in a high traffic area, have the material removed by a licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor.
  • Do not try and remove the ACM by yourself.  You may not understand the full implications on how to do it properly. 
  • Do not sand, saw, scrape, brush, or disturb the ACM materials. 
  • Do not sweep the ACM materials.
  • Let the professional Licensed Abatement Contractors handle all ACM materials in your home. 

Exposure to ACM can cause Mesothelioma Cancer.  Mesothelioma Cancer develops in the lungs of people exposed to ACM materials who have breathed in the fibers.  The disease may take 20 to 50 years after exposure to ACM before the effects show up.  If you are a smoker and have been exposed to ACM, you are at a much higher risk for developing Mesothelioma Cancer.  

If you have further questions or would like to set up an inspection or testing, please contact Robert J Reda & Associates LLC. 

Robert J Reda CIH, CSP, MAC
President
Robert J Reda & Associates LLC
Providing professional consulting services in Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental

Texas Department of Health Services Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant