Problems to Watch For – Asbestos in Plumbing Parts
Asbestos is an issue that’s become so prevalent, almost everyone has seen or heard some sort of advertisement or even knows someone who has been stricken with an asbestos-related disease that was the result of exposure at some time in their lives. While all of the asbestos-related diseases – mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer – have been publicized in a big way, one of the most overlooked aspects of this extremely prevalent issue is how a person could come to be exposed to asbestos in the first place.
One of the reasons for the lack of attention paid to exposure sources is that asbestos is thought to no longer be used as commonly as it once was, and for the most part, that’s true. Another reason is that most of the cases of mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer that are being diagnosed today are the result of exposure to asbestos years, or even decades in the past, which was a time when no one seemed to understand the dangers associated with this substance.
However, there are still certain situations in which exposure to asbestos could become an issue, and the mesothelioma lawyers at Williams Kherkher would like to continue to provide you with information that could help you avoid exposure, and your avoidance of asbestos could very well save or extend your life. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact an asbestos lawyer at Williams Kherkher today to schedule a free initial consultation. In the meantime, below is one set of products that you should avoid at all costs.
Plumbing Parts – Beware
Plumbing parts and equipment must not only serve to provide a continuous and smooth flow of hot and cold water to several outlets within a structure, but these parts must also be extremely resistant to corrosion and extreme temperature changes. These are two qualities that are inherent in asbestos, which is why they were at one time, and still to some extent today, used in such plumbing products as pipe fittings and water heater filaments.
When anyone cuts through these products to make them fit within an existing setup, this greatly increases the possibility that the person performing this act will be exposed to asbestos. The most daunting aspect of this is that asbestos is colorless, odorless and not able to be seen generally by the naked eye.
If you are thinking of performing your own plumbing work, use extreme caution. Better yet, contact a professional to do the work, as he or she will most likely be more aware of how to avoid asbestos exposure than you would be. If you have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with a disease as a result, contact an asbestos lawyer at Williams Kherkher today to schedule a free initial consultation.