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When Does Asbestos in the Home Become a Problem?

Education on the dangers of asbestos has become so widespread that most products made today do not contain any asbestos and when they do, they are very clearly labeled with warnings and careful instructions.

However, products that were manufactured up until the 1970s and are in use today may contain asbestos that could be inhaled, and many of these products are building products that are still found in homes.

The presence of asbestos in a home may or may not be problematic, depending on if the residents are at risk of inhaling asbestos fibers which can lead to medical conditions like Mesothelioma. To evaluate if your health may have been compromised by asbestos exposure, here is a list of common places in a home that asbestos may exist and information on when it can become a problem.

  • Steam pipes, boilers and furnace ducts-these products were frequently insulated with asbestos. If these products become damaged, they can be dangerous as they may release asbestos fibers that can be inhaled.
  • Resilient floor tiles-when sanding these tiles, there is a risk that asbestos fibers will be released. Additionally, the same risk exists when scraping / sanding the backing of sheet flooring.
  • Door gaskets (in furnaces and stoves)-asbestos fibers can be released during use if the seals on these doors get worn down.
  • Patching and joint compounds-asbestos fibers may be released by sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces.

The presence of asbestos in your home may not necessarily be dangerous. However, when asbestos fibers are released in the air, the health of everyone in the home is put in jeopardy. By understanding how asbestos in the home becomes a health risk, you can hopefully better protect yourself and your family members from medical problems.

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If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a medical problem due to asbestos exposure, contact the Mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Hart today at 800-781-3955 to speak with an experienced legal professional.

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