Frequently Asked Questions
What materials in my home may contain asbestos?
Anything that isn’t wood, metal, or glass!
My house was built after 1980 so it won’t contain asbestos, right?
With few building material exceptions, asbestos is not banned in building materials and in fact it is produced today in other countries and imported into the United States and used in modern construction. For a list of banned materials, asbestos-containing products that are not banned, and a timeline of the Regulatory History of asbestos bans, refer to the Environmental Protection Agency website: https://www.epa.gov/asbestos/us-federal-bans-asbestos
Is the mold in my house dangerous?
Mold is of most concern as an allergen. We breathe in thousands of mold spores throughout the day in both indoor and outdoor environments. While some mold species may have the ability to produce toxins it does not mean that the mold is producing the toxins all the time. There are no regulatory standards for acceptable levels of mold in indoor environments the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recommends that homes should be visually free of microbial colonization and that air sampling results of indoor samples should be similar to the outdoor environment.
I have black mold in my house; that means it is the “bad” toxic mold, right?
Mold can present in many different colors including white, grey, green, and black. Several species of mold are black. While some mold species may have the ability to produce toxins it does not mean that the mold is producing the toxins all the time.