Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was widely used in various building materials and products for its desirable properties such as strength, heat resistance, and insulation capabilities. It was a popular choice in construction from the early 20th century through the 1970s in the United States and other countries.

However, asbestos is now known to pose serious health risks when its fibers are released into the air and inhaled. During a home inspection, the inspector may check for the presence of asbestos in various building materials such as insulation, floor tiles, roofing materials, and textured paints. If asbestos is found, it may need to be professionally removed or encapsulated to prevent exposure and ensure the safety of occupants.

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If you are considering buying an older home, it should be noted that the house could potentially contain lead or asbestos in some of the building materials commonly used during the construction of the home. The only way to verify if there are hazardous materials in the home is through lab testing of samples taken on-site. 

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