Homeowner’s Guide to Asbestos

Asbestos in Homes

Did you know before 1986, asbestos was widely used in the construction of residential homes?

Asbestos is the name given to six silicate mineral fibers that occur naturally in the earth’s crust. It has been widely used in industry, residences and consumer products. Common products made with asbestos included asphalt or cement roofing shingles, vinyl floor tiles, wall and ceiling insulation, and drywall. If a product is disturbed commercially (drilling or sanding) or naturally (earthquake or severe storm), it can release dangerous asbestos fibers.


Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of an aggressive and deadly cancer known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma impacts the thin tissues surrounding the lungs or abdomen. Other conditions associated with asbestos exposure include lung cancer and asbestosis, a painful inflammatory condition that causes scarring of the lungs.

Places To Find Asbestos at Homes

Roofing shingles or siding made of asphalt or cement, construction compounds, household products such as fireproof gloves, stove-top pads, ironing board covers, curtains and certain hairdryers and others.