Asbestos is most commonly found in older homes via pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles.
Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to:
The EPA counts the most common sources of asbestos exposure:
According to the EPA, elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air in homes, increasing asbestos levels and endangering people living in those homes.
If you think there may be asbestos in your home it is best to leave it alone if it is intact. Any asbestos remediation work should be performed by a licensed specialist. Owner and resident must receive notification of asbestos. Visit the EPA website to learn about asbestos programs in your state to address questions about requirements/regulations.