Why is Asbestos Considered Hazardous
Asbestos is a naturally fibrous material and has been used for about 150 years on a large scale. It is ideal as a fire-proofing and insulation material. But it can be deadly! If asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the chest and natural body defenses cannot easily break them down. Generally, asbestos is only a risk if disturbed or damaged.
Asbestos was used in hundreds of different products and buildings from the prior to the 1980's. Any building that was constructed or had major renovation prior to the 1980's could contain some type of asbestos. This type of environmental hazard is not part of a standard home inspection.