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Frequently Asked Questions: Information for Families

My home was built in 1963 and I’ve noticed some unusual pipe wrapping on the hot water pipes in the basement. Do I need to worry about asbestos?

asbestos_insulationExposure to asbestos can occur in homes, especially older ones like yours. Today, most building materials are free of asbestos, but that was not always the case. Before 1970, dozens of constructions materials contained asbestos. The list includes joint compounds, wallboards, gaskets, fireproofing, pipe covering, cements, floor tiles, ceiling tiles and boiler insulation. If any of these products are disturbed, the asbestos fibers can become airborne and be inhaled, creating the risk of mesothelioma decades after the initial exposure.

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