Q. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON MATERIALS THAT COULD CONTAIN ASBESTOS?
Floor Covering Adhesives
Patch and Joint Compounds
Textured Ceiling Paint
Furnace Duct Connectors
Interior/Exterior Pipe Coverings
Q. Is there a time period of when my home was built that I should be concerned if looking to do any remodeling or demolition?
Many older homes built before the mid-1970s do have some type of asbestos-containing materials.
Q. What are some things that may require removal?
It may be required when remodeling or making major changes to your home that will disturb asbestos material. Since asbestos containing materials can only be determined by laboratory testing prior to remodeling or major changes, the Department of Public Health recommends that the home be inspected by a Connecticut Licensed Asbestos Inspector.
Q. Can a building or home inspector make the determination of asbestos in the home?
No, they are not qualified unless he or she is licensed by the Department of Public Health as an Asbestos Inspector or Inspector/Management Planner.
Q. I'm looking to buy a new home, how will I know if I'm at risk for a home built with asbestos containing material?
Information regarding the presence of this material must be included in the seller's property disclosure report. If there has been abatement, the project documentation provided by the contractor must also be included as part of the disclosure report.
Q. What are the health effects of asbestos exposure?
Most people exposed to small amounts of asbestos do not develop health problems. However, if disturbed, asbestos material may release fibers, which can be inhaled into the lungs. Asbestos material that crumbles easily or has been sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder is more likely to create a health problem. Asbestos can cause: lung cancer, mesothelioma, abestos. People who get asbestosis have usually been exposed to high levels for a long period of time. the symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until 20 to 30 years later.
Proper inspection and handling of such materials is key to preventing the harmful side effects of asbestos exposure. It is extremely important that the contractor be licensed by the Department of Public Health.