• Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is asbestos?

    Asbestos is a fireproof, very strong fiber that has been used in over 3,000 products. As time goes on, asbestos becomes brittle (friable). If disturbed it will pollute the air and can cause serious illnesses including asbestos is and mesothelioma, a type of cancer. Asbestos use was banned in 1977 after realizing how dangerous it really was. Although it was banned, it is still found in many products today and that is where we come in!

    Do my Textured Ceiling Paints: “popcorn ceilings” contain asbestos?

    Popcorn ceiling textures were popular before the government discovered that asbestos was a bad thing. According to the EPA, the use of asbestos in textured ceiling paint was banned in 1977. Inhaled in large quantities, asbestos fibers can cause lung disease, scarring of the lungs and lung cancer. However, not all popcorn ceilings contain asbestos.

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    What are the hazards of asbestos?

    Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and its use is now highly regulated by both OSHA and EPA. Asbestos fibers associated with these health risks are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Breathing asbestos fibers can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and death. Asbestos also causes cancer of the lung and other diseases such as mesothelioma of the pleura which is a fatal malignant tumor of the membrane lining the cavity of the lung or stomach. Epidemiologic evidence has increasingly shown that all asbestos fiber types, including the most commonly used form of asbestos, chrysotile, causes mesothelioma in humans.

    Credit: OSHA.gov

    What kind of Mold do I have?

    There are so many different kinds of mold, that is is hard to even begin to describe them. However, black mold that can be found in homes that have moisture problems, is very toxic. BUT you are in luck! Hummingbird specializes not only in asbestos and lead abatement, but MOLD REMEDIATION too!

    Call today for a free estimate. Pictures of the problem areas always help, but if those are not available to you we can schedule someone to come take a look at it before we give out the estimate.

    What kind of Asbestos do I have?

    Asbestos can be found in many different materials throughout your home, or building, especially if it was built before the 1980’s. Testing firms can help you determine what is asbestos containing. If those tests are positive, Hummingbird is here to help you!

    Call us today for a free estimate. Our project manager can also come take a look to determine the pricing and process that may need to take place!

    Do you test for Asbestos, Mold, or Lead?

    If you need a name of a testing firm for asbestos, mold or lead, call us today! We work with a great company here in the Twin Cities that will help with all of your testing needs! If it comes back positive, Hummingbird is here to do the rest!

    I'm trying to sell my home and the inspector found some issues. Can you help?

    Trying to put your home on the market but come to find out you need some abatement work done? That is where Hummingbird comes in! Don’t wait to get abatement work, including asbestos, mold or lead done. Let us help you get that out of the way so you can finish the remodel faster than ever! We are HERE TO HELP YOU!

    Where can Asbestos be found?

    Asbestos can be found in numerous items. Here is a list of a few things that you may still find asbestos in:


    • Thermal system insulation
    • Roofing, siding, shingles
    • Vinyl floor tile
    • Plaster, cement, putties, and caulk
    • Ceiling tile- spray on coatings
    • Industrial pipe wrapping
    • Heat resistant textiles
    • Auto brake lining and clutch pads.
    • 9×9 floor tile