Throughout the history of home building, an amazing range of different materials have been used. Some of them have been around since the beginning, some are fairly new, and some come and go as a fad. Some types of materials are used for awhile until their serious health effects are discovered. This was the case with asbestos. When asbestos first started being used in building materials, it was considered amazing how it could insulate well, add durability to other materials and provide fire resistance. It was used extensively before it got banned when the health effects were discovered, and this is why it can still be found in many homes today.
Breathing in asbestos could cause many different respiratory issues, in some cases even leading to cancer. This is why you need to be extremely careful if you suspect that you have asbestos in your home. You should make use of a professional remediation company, since trying to clean up asbestos yourself could make the situation worse.