Asbestos is a seriously dangerous fiber and individuals should be aware of where it is commonly found to avoid potential health issues. There are a number of places where it can be located and it’s important to know what you should do to find it and what steps to take if it’s in your home.
While many workplaces such as mines, shipyards, and naval bases have asbestos, the places we find most comfort—our homes—can be impacted as well. Here are the places you should have checked in your home.
- Insulation: Many homes built between the 1920s and 1980s may contain insulation made with asbestos.
- Ceilings: Tiles and textured paints, especially those with popcorn ceilings, may contain asbestos if made before the 1980s.
- Interior walls: These may contain the same tiles and textured paints as ceilings, which can include asbestos.
- Window putty: Because of the fire and resistance of asbestos, these fibers were commonly used in the putties around windows.
- Heating ducts: There are many parts around a heating duct that may contain asbestos, including cement, insulation, cloth, and tape wrap.
Testing for Asbestos
Remember that asbestos is only dangerous when it is disturbed, such as when dust is created by sanding or cutting. Because of this, it is not recommended to try and test for asbestos. If something happened to disturb the potential asbestos and you want to dust the disturbed fibers for your family’s safety, contact a professional to collect the samples in a safe manner.
Individuals who have been negligently exposed to asbestos may not experience mesothelioma or its effects until decades in the future. This makes it important to understand what rights may help you in the future hold the responsible party negligent.
At Shrader & Associates L.L.P., our mesothelioma attorneys are here to stand by your side during the entire legal process. You deserve to have a strong advocate in your corner, focused on your best interests.
Call us at (877) 958-7920 today to learn more about your potential rights.