Homes and buildings constructed prior to 2004 may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral that was used extensively in the U.S. in many construction materials. Use has decreased significantly over the years, but there are still building materials produced today that contain asbestos.
Asbestos is a strong, heat-resistant, fibrous material that is used in building insulation, fire proofing, and roofing, among other things. Asbestos-containing materials in buildings do not always pose a problem to occupants and workers in those buildings; however, if the fibers get into the air and become inhaled into the lungs, they may cause significant health problems.
Although its use has diminished in recent decades, there are still many products that contain asbestos, especially in older homes, schools and public buildings. The mineral has not yet been banned in the United States, although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies have strict laws in place to help limit its use and prevent exposure. Asbestos is extremely hazardous when it becomes disrupted and airborne, as it is easily inhaled or ingested and can lead to many health concerns, including mesothelioma.
Helpful Resource Links for Asbestos Information:
Asbestos for Oregon Homeowners:
Asbestos Information for Contractors and Businesses in Oregon:
Oregon Asbestos Notification and Application Forms:
Oregon, Deschutes County Asbestos Info:
EPA – United States Environmental Protection Agency on Asbestos:
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com:
Asbestos Exposure | How It Leads to Mesothelioma (Complete Guide)
Asbestos Testing in Central Oregon
Bend Asbestos offers accredited asbestos inspectors for residential and commercial customers throughout Central Oregon including Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters, La Pine and the surrounding area. We provide asbestos testing, asbestos surveys and AHERA surveys as a service to keep your family safe.