Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals made up of heat-resistant fibers. Homes built before the 1980s could expose homeowners, their families and others to asbestos possibly hiding in cement, floor tiles, insulation, walls and pipes.
When residential construction products made with asbestos are damaged, those fibers become airborne. Asbestos fibers pose a danger to anyone who inhales them. After years of exposure to those fibers, people may develop a cancer known as mesothelioma, which forms tumors on the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart.
If you have an older home, asbestos may be found in various building materials used in your house, such as paint, insulation and floor tiles. We’ve compiled a list of places you find asbestos in.