Protecting You & Your Family

from Asbestos

  •  Are you considering a remodeling project? 

  • Does your home have damaged building materials (crumbling drywall or insulation)?

  • Are you in the market for purchasing a home?  

You might want to consider asbestos testing BEFORE you begin any of these!

What can have Asbestos in your space?

The following is just a short list of some common Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) found in homes:

  • Adhesives

  • Appliance parts

  • Ceiling products

  • Ceiling popcorn texture

  • Ceiling tiles

  • Ceiling tile mastic (glue)

  • Cement-asbestos (Transite) products

  • Chimney flue lining

  • Ducts

  • Pipes

  • Shingles

  • Siding

  • Wall Panels

  • Electrical products

  • Cloth wire insulation

  • Electrical panels

  • Flooring Products



  • Asphalt floor tile

  • Floor tile mastic (glue)

  • Vinyl floor tiles

  • Vinyl sheet flooring (linoleum)

  • Heating and Cooling System products

  • Boiler insulation

  • Chimney packing

  • Duct work insulation

  • Fireplace mortar

  • Furnace insulation

  • Gaskets

  • Heat shields (paper and cardboard)

  • Pipe insulation

  • Tank insulation

  • Paints and Coatings

  • Plaster

  • Roofing Products

  • Base flashing

  • Felt

  • Shingles

  • Tar or “Black Jack”

  • Vermiculite

  • Attic and wall insulation

  • Fireplace decoration

  • Gardening products

  • Vinyl wall coverings

  • Wall applications

  • Caulking and putties

  • Spackling compounds

  • Wallboard or sheetrock

  • Wallboard joint compound

  • Window glazing

  • Cars

Yes... it's a LOT!


But most importantly, don't panic.  Stay informed.

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Common Questions About Asbestos

What is Asbestos?


Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber mined from soil and rock.  Dry asbestos can break down into dust, making it easy to become airborne and be inhaled.  Activities such as taking up flooring containing asbestos or scraping off the texture from your ceiling, can release fibers into the air.  Asbestos fibers are 1,200 times smaller than a human hair allowing them to get deep into the lungs.         


Wasn’t asbestos banned? 


Well, not really.  In 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products. However, in 1991, this rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Thus, most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce for the majority of the asbestos-containing products originally covered in the 1989 final rule was overturned. 


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned the use of only the following asbestos-containing products in new construction and renovation:


  • Various paper and sheet products such as corrugated paper, Rollboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, flooring felt

  • Asbestos pipe insulation and asbestos block insulation on facility components, such as boilers and hot water tanks, if the materials are either pre-formed (molded) and friable or wet-applied and friable after drying.

  • Spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing materials
    Spray-on application of materials containing more than 1% asbestos to buildings, structures, pipes, and conduits unless certain conditions specified under 40 CFR 61, Subpart M are met.

  • Asbestos in artificial fireplace embers and wall patching compounds


New uses of asbestos in products that have not historically contained asbestos, otherwise referred to as “new uses” of asbestos continue to be banned.


The manufacture, importation, processing and distribution in commerce of these products, as well as some others not listed, are not banned.


List of products containing asbestos that are not currently banned:


  • Cement corrugated sheet

  • Cement flat sheet

  • Clothing

  • Pipeline wrap

  • Roofing felt

  • Vinyl floor tile

  • Cement shingles

  • Millboard

  • Cement pipe

  • Automatic transmission components

  • Clutch facings

  • Friction materials

  • Disk brake pads

  • Drum brake linings

  • Brake blocks

  • Gaskets

  • Non-roofing coatings

  • Roof coatings


What are the Dangers of Asbestos?


Asbestos can cause lung cancer, and a rare type of cancer known as mesothelioma, which affects the lining around the lungs and abdomen.  Asbestos exposure can also cause a type of permanent lung damage known as asbestosis, which causes shortness of breath and increases the risk of serious lung infections.  These diseases generally are not diagnosed for 10-40 years after encountering (exposure to) asbestos.


Why is Asbestos used?


Asbestos fibers have special characteristics.  Asbestos is used because it has tensile strength, is heat resistant and has a sound deadening quality, so it is used in a variety of building construction materials for insulation, as a fire retardant and in many vehicle parts.  Chemicals do not affect it and it does not conduct electricity.  Asbestos is also very strong.  Pound for pound, asbestos is stronger than steel.  Asbestos fibers are also very flexible, allowing them to be woven into cloth-like materials. This versatility is why industry has mined and widely used asbestos to make many different products.     


Three types of asbestos were commonly used to manufacture products:


  • Chrysotile, sometimes called white asbestos, is composed of wavy, flexible white fibers and comprises 90 to 95 percent of the asbestos used in the U.S.

  • Amosite, sometimes called brown asbestos, is composed of straight, light gray or brown fibers.

  • Crocidolite, sometimes called blue asbestos, is composed of straight blue fibers.


Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite are three other types of asbestos.  They were not commonly used to manufacture products. However, Tremolite contamination has been documented in Vermiculite attic insulation, and caution should be used when dealing with this material.   


NE Minneapolis Asbestos Plant


From 1938 to 1989, ore was processed at the Western Mineral Products plant located at 1720 Madison St. NE in Minneapolis, MN.

At this plant, raw Vermiculite was heated until the moisture trapped in the ore caused it to pop like popcorn. After going through this “exfoliation” process, the vermiculite was light and porous, making it suitable for insulation.


Some of the ore was left behind after it was heated. This waste material was known as “crush rock” or “stoner rock.” It was left in piles outside the plant and was free to anyone. We now know that this waste rock was contaminated with asbestos.


The fact is, asbestos is still being used even in new construction. So what can you as the consumer do?

Talk to a professional who can help you stay informed.

"Hi, I'm Shaylee Oleson, owner of Eco Shaylee, LLC.      I will leave no stone unturned when I take you on

as a client."  Learn more about me

612-522-3082  Lic. #AI13362

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