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Products and Uses

Asbestos is a dangerous carcinogen. Asbestos exposure may cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, and or lung cancer. Asbestos poses the greatest danger when it becomes airborne. Demolishing, repairing, or just disturbing suspect materials may cause the asbestos fibers to dislodge and release into the air. The following are some of the common asbestos containing materials that might be found in your home: acoustic ceiling spray, floor tiles, linoleum, insulation, drywall/joint compound, exterior stucco, roofing, etc. Thus before you disturb any material you suspect might contain asbestos, it would be a good idea to have a sample of that material tested by a qualified laboratory. Asbestos has properties which made it suitable for use as insulation and as part of binding materials in buildings. Asbestos has been used in such parts of the home as floor tiles, ceiling panels, acoustical ceilings, exterior stuccos, etc. All in all there have been over 3600 products manufactured that contain asbestos. It would be impossible to list all of these products here. The only sure way to find out if the material you are concerned with contains asbestos is to have the material tested. Refer to the following diagram and the table below for the most common products that may contain asbestos.



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