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Is Asbestos in Drywall

Drywall made and installed in modern buildings does not contain asbestos.

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Unfortunately, that has not always been the case. When drywall first became available nearly a century ago, and for many decades thereafter, it did contain asbestos. When drywall became popular in homes around the middle of the 20th century, asbestos could still be found in some pieces of drywall.

Now, as the homes of the last century have aged and require repairs, contractors and other workers are at risk of being exposed to asbestos when they remodel or repair older homes or buildings. Specifically, anyone working on drywall in a home built before 1980 should be aware of the risk and should take appropriate measures to protect himself from asbestos exposure. In some cases, this may require professional asbestos removal teams. In other cases, precautionary measures such as face masks may be sufficient.

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