What Is Asbestos

Asbestos refers to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist heat, fire and electricity and is also known for its sound absorption properties.

1. Chrysotile (white asbestos)

2. Amosite (brown asbestos)

3. Crocidolite (blue asbestos)

4. Anthophyllite

5. Tremolite

6. Actinolite

Because of these properties, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials and manufactured goods. It can be found in:

  • Roofing shingles
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Cement products
  • Attic and wall insulation
  • Textured paint
  • Patching, joint compounds, tapes, and adhesives
  • Sheetrock and cement sheets
  • Hot water and steamed pipe insulation
  • Oil and coal furnaces with asbestos gaskets and insulation
  • Automobile clutches and brakes