For many homeowners, the idea of doing their own home renovations is often a dream. They want to save money, do the work themselves, and reap the benefits of their own labor. So, they create a project, take to it, and knock down a wall or two.
This could be a big mistake. Not everyone is aware of the various materials used to make their home. They also fail to protect themselves simply because they feel as though they’re at home—they shouldn’t have to worry about any issues.
However, one thing to keep in mind is the age of the home. Many homes built in the mid-1900s used different materials containing asbestos due to their ability to resist heat. Here’s why do-it-yourself renovations can be a bad idea.
Asbestos Is Dangerous When Friable
If the insulation in the home has asbestos fibers, they shouldn’t post a problem—at least until something disrupts them. The moment you break through a wall, you can send the fibers flying into the air. Once they’re airborne, they become an inhalation risk.
Many individuals doing DIY don’t focus on their own well-being when it comes to covering their mouth. As such, they are vulnerable to the friable asbestos fibers that can cause them serious harm. If you are doing DIY renovations, here are some things to remember.
- Always wear a mask.
- If you encounter what you believe is asbestos, don’t disrupt it or have it tested.
- Make sure you know when your home was built.
Individuals who have done DIY renovations in the past put themselves at serious risk. As such, they may experience the latency period associated with mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., our mesothelioma attorneys are ready to help.
Call us today at (877) 958-7920 to discuss your potential case.