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Asbestos Inspections & Testing

Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals used commercially. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illness, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to heat, electrical and chemical damage.

In the United States, chrysotile asbestos has been the most commonly used type of asbestos. According to the EPA, chrysotile asbestos accounts for approximately 95% of asbestos found in buildings in the United States. Chrysotile is often present in a wide variety of products and materials, including:

• Drywall and joint compound

• Plaster

• Mud and texture coats

• Vinyl floor tiles, sheeting, adhesives

• Roofing tars, felts, siding, and shingles

• "Transite" panels, siding, countertops, and pipes

• Popcorn ceilings, also known as acoustic ceilings

• Fireproofing

• Caulk

• Gaskets

• Interior fire doors

• Fireproof clothing for firefighters

• Thermal pipe insulation

• HVAC flexible duct connectors


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Get More Information from Your Local Asbestos Inspector

Utah Division of Air Quality: http://www.airquality.utah.gov/HAPs/ASBESTOS/index.htm

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): http://www.epa.gov/asbestos