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Asbestos is a mineral fiber used in over 3000 products. These products can be characterized as either friable or non-friable. A friable asbestos-containing material is one that can be crumbled into a powder by hand pressure. An example of this is pipe insulation. A non-friable asbestos-containing material (ACM) cannot crumble into a powder by hand pressure. An example of this is exterior siding and floor covering.
Many older homes built before the mid 1970s do contain some type of asbestos-containing material (ACM). If you think that the home may contain some ACM or the home is set for remodeling or demolition, DHP recommends having the home inspected by a CT licensed Asbestos inspector to identify all areas containing ACM.
The handling and disturbance of ACM is subject to various state and federal regulations which describe criteria for licensure, abatement methodology, procedure, and air clearance to determine whether the area is fit for re-occupancy.

The Best response for ACM that is in good condition is to leave it alone!


What to do?

If the ACM is in good shape and will not be disturbed, do nothing. If any sort of damage is noted, such as tears, abrasions, or water damage, there are two types of corrections: repair and removal.


Repair usually involves either sealing (encapsulation) or covering (enclosure) the asbestos material


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Removal is usually the most expensive method and, unless required by state or local regulation, should be the last option considered in most situations, as removal poses the greatest risk of fiber release.
However, removal may be required when remodeling or making major changes to your home that will disturb asbestos material. Since ACM can only be determined by laboratory testing prior to any remodeling or major changes, DHP recommends that the home be inspected by a Connecticut licensed asbestos inspector.
Information regarding the presence of ACM in the home must be included in the seller's property disclosure report. If there has been abatement, the project documentation provided by the contractor to the homeowner must also be included as part of the disclosure report.
A building or home inspector is not qualified to make statements concerning the presence of condition of ACM unless (s)he is licensed by the Department of Public Health as an asbestos inspector or inspector/ management planner.

Asbestos Abatement

Asbestos professionals are trained in handling ACM. There are two types of professionals – asbestos consultations and asbestos contractors. Asbestos contractors do the actual handling of the ACM, while the asbestos consultants are involved in activities such as the air sampling, assessment, and categorization of ACM. Asbestos consultation is divided into 4 disciplines: inspector, management planner, project designer, and project manager.
Each asbestos contractor and asbestos consultant must provide you with proof of training and the appropriate license issues by the Department of Public Health (DPH).
The Department of Public Health licenses asbestos contractors and consultants and maintains these lists for public distribution.
A homeowner may not handle or abate greater than 3 feet or 3 square feet of ACM unless (s)he is licensed by the Department of Public Health as an asbestos contractor. DPH recommends that a homeowner not handle or perform any asbestos abatement.
Asbestos removal is complex and must be done only by a CT licensed asbestos contractor. Improper removal may actually increase the health risk to occupants circulating throughout the home.

Health Effects

Most people exposed to small amounts of asbestos do not develop health problems. However, if disturbed, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers, which can be inhaled into the lungs. Asbestos material that crumbles easily or has been sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder (friable) is more likely to create a health problem.

Asbestos can cause:

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  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
People who get asbestosis have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long period of time. The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos.
The risk of cancer from inhaling asbestos fibers is greater if you smoke.
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