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Pam Biswas, Other/Just Looking in 78745

what year was asbestos banned for use in homes built in TX?

Asked by Pam Biswas, 78745 Wed Apr 16, 2008

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Betina Foreman’s answer
Dear Pam,
You are a smart buyer to be aware of this potentially hazardous building material. Asbestos (at the time it was introduced) in the 1930's was considered a miracle material. They made everything out of this substance form fiberboard to clothing. It was only many years later when they discovered how bad it was that people got concerned. My own grandfather used it when he worked on the railroad. They would scoop it out of buckets with their bare hands and use it to lubricate the rails.

Now we have more knowledge about this substance and it has not been used since 1950. Owens Corning was the primary manuufacturer of this product and they lost a 19 year long legal battle about Asbestos in 1998. This loss costed Owens Corning over $17 Billion dollars.

The point is you should not see Asbestos in new construction. Also it is not really a problem unless you disturb it. If you have the old asbestos siding tiles on your home, don't disturb them and you are ok. Please note in the lates 60's and 70's a ceiling texture called popcorn or cottage cheese became wildly popular. Often one of its primary ingrediants was, you guessed it asbestos. Again as long as you don't disturb it, it is not a problem. If you want this removed, you should hire a contractor that does Asbestos Remediation. Their workers will wear suits and respirators to prevent them from inhaling or being exposed to the microscopic fibers which are still dangerous.

Please call or email me if I may be of further assistance.
Sincerely,
Betina
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 7, 2008
You might want to check
http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/asbbans2.pdf
I think asbestos was still being used in some building materials after 1950.
Seems like I remember things like floor tiles and pipe insulation after that, but not 100% sure.
You can check the epa website for all the updates.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 17, 2008
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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Popcorn ceilings became a very fashionable trend soon after its introduction in the 1950s. This method of interior designing became so popular that most households had popcorn ceilings installed by the late 80s. The fact that popcorn ceilings reduced noise levels and were a good method to hide flaws in the ceilings, their popularity grew exponentially.
for more information go to :http://www.asbestospopcornceilings.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 22, 2013
Pam,
Even though Asbestos was said to be banned mid 1900's, it has still been proven to show up in products such as wallboard joint compound, and drywall, textured products, popcorn materials, and many other building material. Some manufactureres were distributing products containing it against their own knowledge. There have been recent class action lawsuits in Texas, Florida, and other states in some cases proving this. If this is a major worry, I would definetly recommend hiring a proffessional to do testing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 7, 2008
I think Rodney means late 1970's, because it was used until that time.
Flag Mon Feb 23, 2015
You need to be concerned with textured ceiling. Our 1968 home was tested and showed positive for asbestos in the ceiling texture. It can be there as late as the mid to late 70's. An inspector will not look for this unless you hire them to do so and then samples have to be sent to a lab for testing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 18, 2008
If you are searching on purchasing a home question that make your inspector aware of your concerns.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 16, 2008
It hasn't been banned but they no longer use it in building of homes or insulation of homes. The last year was 1950. If the home was built between 1930 and 1950 you should have the home tested prior to purchasing it. You should watch for lead based paint to in homes built 1978 and before.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 16, 2008
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