Asbestos hasn’t been in use for about 50 years, so why is it still an issue? It is because before the time it was outlawed, it was used so extensively in building materials, that it is still lurking in homes today. The danger lies in that it is difficult to tell if something contains asbestos or not just from looking at it. If you live in an older home, it might be safest to assume that anything that is still part of the original construction could contain asbestos.
Fortunately, asbestos is safe as long as you don’t disturb it, but if you live in an older home, it might be time to do some renovation. You should never try to remove materials that you suspect contain asbestos by yourself. Even if you take every precaution that you can think of, the fibers can become airborne and be inhaled by you or your family later. Hiring a company that has the tools and expertise to take care of it is your safest bet.