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Residential
Asbestos
Testing

Residential
Asbestos
Testing

Asbestos was a common building material for many decades. It was used as an insulator and was especially popular because of its fire-resistant properties. There are many types of asbestos, and it is heavily regulated (though not completely banned) in the US. If asbestos remains undisturbed, it may not be harmful to homeowners, but friable asbestos (meaning it can be released into the air) can cause mesothelioma and other forms of cancer.

Many homes in the era of the 1950s to the 1980s contain asbestos building materials. Asbestos in a home might come in the form of pipe wrapping, floor tiles, and popcorn ceilings are all suspect materials. If you suspect your home might contain asbestos, schedule an appointment with Pure Breathing Solutions to get your home tested.

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How Do I
Know If
My Home
Contains
Asbestos?

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How Do I
Know If
My Home
Contains
Asbestos?

Many, many homes were constructed using asbestos before we discovered its dangerous properties. It can be difficult to recognize asbestos in your home, and not all asbestos is an immediate cause for alarm. Popular uses include popcorn ceilings, floor tiles, and drywall.

Sadly, you can’t determine if your home has asbestos simply by examining it. If your home was built before 1980 and you suspect that it might contain asbestos building materials, the suspected fibers must be sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. This is why it is best to consult a certified expert to test your home for the specific type and degree of asbestos in your home.

Common household materials that can contain asbestos

  • Roofing and siding materials
  • Plaster
  • Blown-in attic insulation
  • HVAC duct insulation
  • Window caulking
  • Vinyl floor tiles and/or the glue used to install them
  • Certain types of linoleum
  • Older forms of paint

Often, if the material in a home is in good condition and is not disturbed, it is not dangerous, even if it does contain asbestos. You may be concerned if materials become airborne, you are planning a home renovation project, or if you are buying a home built before 1980. Prolonged asbestos exposure can cause lung issues and even cancer. If you suspect asbestos might be in your home, contact Pure Breathing Solutions to get your home tested.

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