Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:
- Steam Pipes, Boiliers, and Furnace Ducts insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. These materials may release asbestos fibers if damaged, repaired, or removed improperly
- Resilent Floor Tiles (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on Vinyl Sheet Flooring, and Adhesive used for installing floor tile. Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring during removal.
- Cement Sheet, Millboard, and Paper used as insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves. Repairing or removing appliances may release asbestos fibers. So may cutting, tearing, sanding, drilling or sawing insulation
- Door Gaskets in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves. Worn seals can release asbestos fibers during use.
- Sound Proofing or Decorative Material sprayed on walls and ceilings. Loose, crumbly, or water-damaged material may release fibers. So will sanding, drilling or scraping the material.
- Patching AND Joint Compounds for walls and ceilings, and Textures Paints. Sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces may release asbestos.
- Asbestos Cement Roofing, Shingles, and Sidings. These products are not likely to release asbestos fibers unless sawed, drilled or cut.
- Artificial Ashes and Embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces. Also, other older household products such as Fire-Proof Gloves, Stove-Top Pads, Ironing Board Covers, and certain Hairdryers.
- Automobile Brake Pads and Linings, Clutch Facings, and Gaskets.