Where Asbestos May Lurk

Many products made before the 1970s contain asbestos, including:

  • insulation, particularly around pipes and ducts
  • Shingles and siding
  • Textured paint and joint spackle
  • Fireproof fabrics on ironing boards, gloves, hot pads, etc.
  • Rubber or vinyl floor tiles and backing
  • Stove door gaskets
  • Soundproofing foam

The mostly likely and most dangerous asbestos product in your home is insulation. If your insulation was installed between 1930 and 1950, have it tested for asbestos. Don't touch or disturb the asbestos. Have a professional sample the material and send it to a testing facility. A federal list of accredited asbestos laboratories is available at 301-975-4016 or here. This is particularly recommended before putting an older home on the market. A home inspector or buyer could suspect asbestos and want a certified bill of asbestos-free health to allay their concerns.