Simply stated, asbestos is a mineral fiber found in rock and soil. Many years ago, manufacturers added this mineral fiber to a diverse range of products to give it strength and add resistance to heat and fire.
Building materials frequently contained asbestos due to the tremendous benefits it provided. Some of the benefits include its sound absorption capabilities, its chemical, fire, and heat resistance, and the fact that it was inexpensive to produce.
Put all of these together and you had a very popular product that builders installed all over the place.
Today, fewer products contain asbestos than in the 1970’s, and for good reason. However, many of the old products containing asbestos can still be found in homes and businesses across America.