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Insulation around Pipes in Homes May Contain Asbestos


EMSL Analytical puts almost 30 years of asbestos testing experience to work protecting families from dangerous asbestos exposure.

Westmont, NJ, August 24th, 2009

Asbestos was used in many building materials that found their way into hundreds of thousands of homes all across the country up until the late 1970s. Its insulting and fire resistant properties made it a common material used for insulating pipes. As many of these homes begin to age and require updated plumbing and remodeling the risks associated with aerosolizing the asbestos insulation become a real concern for home owners.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exposure to asbestos increases one’s risk of developing lung cancer. The three major cancers associated with exposure include asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Many of these cancers may not appear until many years after exposure.

Asbestos was also commonly used in other household materials such as tiles, siding and adhesives. The dangers from asbestos begin when the asbestos fibers become friable or are disturbed so they become airborne. Once airborne they can be breathed or settle into dust to later be aerosolized again and pose a risk. Because of this homeowners need to aware of the fact that asbestos products may be in their homes and if they should not disturb the materials without professional help.

EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest asbestos testing laboratories, offers testing solutions for homeowners who need to determine if household products contain asbestos. “EMSL has been providing help for homeowners since we opened our doors in 1981,” reported Joe Frasca, Executive Vice President for EMSL Analytical. “It’s important that property owners understand the dangers associated with asbestos to prevent exposure to their families and tenants,” Frasca continued.

EMSL’s has a network of nearly 40 laboratories across the United States and Canada providing local professional access to concerned homeowners. To learn more about asbestos testing visit, email or call (800) 220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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