Since everyone asks. . .
"Could a one-time incident that exposes me to asbestos - such as a burst steam pipe - affect my
The amount of asbestos released in a one-time incident is not likely to affect your health. It will most
likely not expose you to much more asbestos, over the long run, than you would be exposed to from the
air we all breathe. Still, if you are involved in an asbestos incident, it makes sense to reduce your
exposure to asbestos. If asbestos has been released near where you live, turn off all air conditioners, shut
off ventilation systems that use outside air and close the windows. You might be also asked to either go to
a decontamination trailer that is sometimes brought to asbestos-release sites, so that asbestos can be
removed from your body and clothing, or to simply take a shower. "
So, search on the lifetime dose for asbestos from the air we breathe vs. the short term dose from your house.
For you zero-risk-bias people, and if your materials lab test comes up positive.
Of course, if you are 110 years old, you only have one more year to live anyway, so do whatever you want to (and can do).
The ceiling people that did my 16' x 20' ceiling left dust everywhere but Pro-Lab said this dust contained no asbestos. I will check again before I rip up the basement tiles from my circa 1964 house.
All tests have false positives and false negatives but I don't think this will be a problem in the case of asbestos.