Asbestos in the Home – Where to Look
Asbestos, a mineral fiber frequently used in the past due to its heat-resistant, flexible, and insulating properties, has been linked to serious health problems, including mesothelioma, a rare, deadly lung cancer. Since the late 20th century, countless amounts of lawsuits have been filed, seeking to hold companies responsible for the asbestos they used, produced, distributed, and exposed workers to. So widely used was asbestos, however, that many asbestos-containing products remain even today. For homeowners, this is a serious concern, because asbestos in the home may harm not only themselves, but their spouse, children, and guests.
If you are a homeowner concerned about asbestos in your home, here are some places to check:
- Steam pipes, boilers, furnace ducts – these are often insulated with a “blanket” of asbestos fibers and may be a health hazard if damaged or removed incorrectly.
- Certain floor tiles, vinyl sheet flooring, and flooring adhesives – be careful of disturbing these, as sanding or removal may release asbestos fibers into the air.
- Door gaskets in furnaces – door seals often contain asbestos for its heat-retardant properties.
- Soundproofing materials – check these for signs of damage or decay, since any physical deterioration may release asbestos.
- Cement roofing, shingles, siding – may contain asbestos due to its durability and insulation ability, but are not very likely to pose a health risk unless they are damaged, broken, or cut.
- Stove-top pads, ironing boards – older versions of these products may contain asbestos to increase heat resistance.
The truth is, despite decades of reform and research, asbestos-containing products are still out there, and it is up to the public to learn to protect themselves. On the flip side of the issue, if you have already been a victim of asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation from those responsible. To learn more, call a mesothelioma lawyer from Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955 today to set up a free initial consultation.