Asbestos Exposure at Home
There is a widespread belief that if you have never directly worked with asbestos, you are safe from the illnesses it can cause. Unfortunately, this belief is false. Due to asbestos’s long-lasting popularity as a building material, many Americans have been exposed to it in their own homes. More shockingly, many people continue to live in buildings and use products containing asbestos without even knowing it.
Is Your Home Safe?
Unless your home was built very recently, it could contain asbestos in the insulation, paint, or other building materials. The long-term health consequences of living in a home constructed with asbestos are still being researched. However, there is evidence showing that even small levels of asbestos exposure can be dangerous if they persist for long periods of time. Asbestos is commonly found in:
The good news is that asbestos only becomes a danger when chips or fibers of it are released into the air. If it is intact or well sealed away, it is not currently dangerous. However, asbestos that is left alone can deteriorate and begin to chip over time. If you think you may have asbestos in your home, it is a good idea to have it sealed or removed.
If You May Have Asbestos…
Asbestos cannot be identified on sight. You need a professional with the right equipment to determine if your home is dangerous. If you receive confirmation that your home contains asbestos, do not try to remove it on your own. Removing it could cause large amounts of particles to be released into the air.
Instead of removing it yourself, you will need to consult a professional. He or she will be able to deal with the danger in your home in a safe and effective manner. It can be sealed behind concrete or another durable substance, or it can be removed and properly disposed of.
You may have grounds for an asbestos lawsuit if your landlord or realtor knew about this danger and failed to warn you, or if you have been injured by a negligent construction company.
If you have been injured by asbestos in your home, contact mesothelioma lawyers Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955.