Use of asbestos in building materials was common between the 1920′s and 1980′s. It’s use has declined since the 1970′s. However, a phased-in ban by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of most asbestos products did not culminate until 1996. A total ban of asbestos-containing materials is still not in effect! Below is a gallery of images of common asbestos materials in homes and buildings.
NEVER remove or repair asbestos-containing materials yourself! Dangerous asbestos fibers are released into the air when the material is banged, rubbed, handled or taken apart. It is especially important that you do not dust, sweep or vacuum particles suspected of containing asbestos. The EPA insists that, for your safety, this should only be done by trained contractors. If you think your home may contain asbestos-based products, contact Healthy Homes for an evaluation. Please review the standards and warnings for removing Asbestos yourself or hiring a Contractor that doesn’t follow EPA guidelines. Click here to read more about hiring an asbestos abatement company.
The EPA provides the following list of questions for selecting a safe asbestos removal contractor. We will always answer YES to each of these questions!