Asbestos or old plastering?

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Old 12-24-19, 08:21 PM
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Asbestos or old plastering?

I recently noticed a gap by the top of the stairs in my home that is new to me but built in the 1940s. Looks like some material is crumbling inside- could it be asbestos or just old plastering?
 
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At first glance it looks like termite damage. Hard to tell from the blurry pic.
 
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Thanks tried to upload a better picture. First shows the gap at top of staircase and second what I see inside.
 
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This is a question we get all the time, mainly because of the hype... plus some people are prone to get freaked out by it and they imagine this or that has asbestos in it. It's what happens when peoples' imaginations run wild.

Hard to tell and there is no point in guessing or worrying about it needlessly. You can't usually tell by looking anyway. If you need to know if a product has asbestos in it you have to submit a sample if it and get it tested to know for sure.

That last statement is your answer in a nutshell.
 
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You should take a sample from the tile and then send it for testing to be sure. A small piece is enough a few inches. Moreover, take precaution while taking the sample. It should not be scrapped and wear a mask. Secure the sample in an air tight bag.
 
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What is the up date? How it turned out be? asbestos or only termite damage?
 
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