Asbestos is a fibrous mineral commonly used in various building materials. Asbestos is a carcinogenic that poses the greatest danger when it becomes airborne. Demolishing, repairing, or just disturbing suspect materials may cause the asbestos fibers to dislodge and release into the air. Exposure to asbestos fibers (due to mishandling) has been linked to the scarring of lung tissue, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
The following are common asbestos containing materials that might be found in your home: acoustic ceiling spray, floor tiles, linoleums, insulations, drywall/joint compounds, exterior stuccos, roofing, and more.