Identifying Asbestos

Asbestos was used in a variety of home building and finishing materials, including attic insulation (vermiculite), floor tile and linoleum, flooring adhesive, pipe insulation, ductwork wrap, furnaces, boilers, transite siding, drywall mud, window caulk, popcorn ceiling texture, roofing materials, and more. Many of these asbestos-containing materials are still present in older homes that were built in the early 1980s and before.

Asbestos can be present in many different building materials used to construct and finish homes built before 1981.”

If you suspect that your Michigan home or commercial building contains asbestos, call us to have it inspected. Also contact us for a pre-demolition asbestos inspection if you plan to tear down or intentionally burn your building.

Floor Tile

Asbestos can sometimes be found in floor tiles (see above), linoleum, and the glue that was used to install them.

Pipe Wrap

This material can be found in HVAC insulation products in basements and other locations. Here you can see how it was used in pipe and furnace wrapping.

Attic Insulation

Asbestos is often found in vermiculite attic insulation. Check out www.zonoliteatticinsulation.com – a privately funded program to help partially offset the cost of vermiculite removal and re-insulation.

Duct Wrap

This paper-like material can be found wrapped around old duct work or as tape on the seams.