If your home was built prior to the 1980s, you are at risk. Between the 1940s and 1980s, asbestos was widely used in a variety of building materials because of its strength, durability, and fire-resistant properties. Several asbestos products have since been banned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), but it remains in many older homes today.
Asbestos can be extremely hazardous, depending on the condition of the material. The EPA reports that it can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.