Asbestos can be found in stucco and plaster applications
Asbestos was used in both interior and exterior areas of buildings built between 1920 through to 1986. Construction materials containing asbestos were used in various cement sidings, stucco sidings and plaster applications. Some of the older plaster walls used asbestos as a strengthener, acoustical application or fireproofing.
These materials may look like ordinary plaster that was sprayed-on, troweled-on or applied to surfaces for a particular application and finish. In residential buildings it could be found as a decorative plaster coat on walls, stipple coated walls, textured ceilings, drywall and also found in exterior stucco finishes.
In commercial buildings it was used as a sound deadener in churches, older school auditoriums, stages, dated city theaters and music rooms. Asbestos in plaster was also popular for fireproofing in mechanical rooms, boiler rooms, utility rooms, an electrical area, garages, workshops, lobbies and elevator shafts. Many of these materials are still in place today and as a property owner, you need to protect occupants before starting any renovation.
The disturbance of these materials during renovations, repairing from fire or flood can release harmful levels of asbestos fibers into the air. Asbestos is extremely hazardous due to its tendency to break into very fine fibers that are easily airborne and inhaled causing lung cancer.
If you think, you might have asbestos in the plaster or stucco; leave the testing and demolition to Stutters professional asbestos abatement team.