Asbestos in a naturally occurring mineral.  It has been mined and used in many building products since the days of the Greeks and Romans.  It was once known as the miracle mineral due to its many attractive properties.  Asbestos is a resilient material, resistant to friction and wear, chemically inert, an electrical insulator, a heat insulator, and a good binding agent.

What is Asbestos?
Is Asbestos Bad?
What Should I do?
Do I have asbestos in my home?

Yes.

Asbestos is a carcinogen.  It generally takes 10 - 30 YEARS before an asbestos related disease manifests itself.  Most people have minor exposures to asbestos throughout their lives and never develop a disease.  Most people who develop asbestos-related diseases have had long-term exposures to higher levels of asbestos in their occupation.

And No.

Asbestos in good condition is generally not considered to be harmful.  It is very important to have a professional correct any situations where you may have damaged asbestos-containing materials.  Also, before doing any renovations to your home, it is strongly recommended that you have any materials tested for asbestos content.

YES!

Unless you  have had a material assessed by a Licensed Asbestos Inspector you should always presume that materials contain asbestos.  The only materials to consider to be free of asbestos are those made entirely of wood, metal, or glass (including modern fiberglass).  When in doubt, have the material tested!

Asbestos containing materials that are in good condition do not generally pose a risk.  Never cut, chip, sand, or otherwise damage any material you don't know for sure doesn't contain asbestos.  When in doubt, contact a professional.  We don't charge for advice - if you think you may have asbestos or are concerned that you might have disturbed or damaged asbestos - PLEASE:

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