Asbestos is an extremely dangerous material usually found in older homes and buildings built in the 1970’s or earlier. The durable, fire-retardant properties in asbestos fibers made them ideal components in common building materials like insulation, walls, flooring, and so on. However, we have since come to learn that asbestos fibers can be extremely dangerous when inhaled, causing various health problems. When people are exposed to asbestos, they can develop lung diseases and cancers, including mesothelioma, an aggressive and rare cancer. If you discover asbestos materials in your home, make sure you take the necessary measures to remove any dangerous materials quickly and thoroughly.
To removes asbestos from your home, make sure you follow these essential steps:
1. Identify the Problem
First, find out if you have an asbestos problem in your home. For some people, they might discover asbestos materials during a remodel or construction project. In other cases, you may find out you have asbestos in your home after learning of a health issue someone in your household developed because of asbestos exposure. If you aren’t sure if your home was constructed with asbestos materials, find out when it was constructed and whether or not it has been remodeled since. Anything constructed during or prior to the 1970’s likely contains materials made with asbestos.
2. Hire Professionals
Although you could potentially remove asbestos on your own, the dangerous nature of the material makes it very risky for those without the proper equipment and skill. Stirring up the asbestos fibers during the removal process can be the most dangerous part of having asbestos in your home because it releases the fibers into the air. By hiring a professional company to remove the hazardous materials for you, you can rest easy knowing no fibers will be inhaled by yourself or your family while you try to solve the problem through DIY methods.
3. Avoid the Area
While the asbestos is being removed from your home, make sure you stay clear of the scene. Even though professional teams will have ventilation systems and masks to prevent themselves from the hazardous fibers, you and your family could still be at risk. Instead, stay with a friend or family member while the removal takes place and make sure all the dust has settled before you return to your home.
4. Know Your Rights
In some cases, you might have a right to file a lawsuit for any asbestos you’ve been exposed to. If, for example, you rent your home and your landlord knew of the dangerous asbestos, you may be able to seek compensation for the damage, including health costs caused by asbestos-related illnesses.
If you were exposed to asbestos in your home, find out if you are eligible to seek compensation. Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for help with your mesothelioma case.