Getting Ready for a Big Home Remodeling Project? Protect Yourself from Asbestos Exposure
A home remodeling project should be an exciting time, filled with anticipation at what your house will look like once it’s completed. But it can be extremely dangerous if you’re not careful. We’re not referring to dangers such as hitting your thumb with a hammer or even suffering an electric shock by re-wiring your kitchen. We’re referring to a much more subtle – yet potentially deadly – hazard involving possible asbestos exposure.
If you’re a hands-on type of person and you are considering gutting the walls, ripping out your old ceiling, or performing any other type of extensive remodeling work in a home built before 1980, it’s critically important that you leave this type of work to an experienced contractor. Materials such as old insulation, flooring and ceiling tiles, joint compounds and popcorn ceilings can contain asbestos. Left alone, asbestos typically does not pose a danger. However, when asbestos fibers are disturbed they can drift through your home. If you inhale these fibers, you could be at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.
You Can’t Be Too Careful
The mesothelioma lawyers with Baron and Budd are not trying to scare you into abandoning your remodeling project – far from it. We just want you to take the precautions necessary to make sure you’re protected from potential asbestos exposure. If you have any reason whatsoever to think that the areas of your home being renovated may contain asbestos, have your indoor air tested before doing anything else. If you find asbestos in your home, the only safe way of having it removed is through an asbestos abatement professional.
If you dive into a remodeling project without considering the possibility these or other areas of your home contain asbestos, you are putting not just yourself but also your family members at risk. Take that risk out of the equation by calling a contractor who is qualified in asbestos removal.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed, you may be able to participate in a mesothelioma lawsuit. At the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd, our mesothelioma lawyers have fought for the rights of those exposed to asbestos for more than 35 years.