- When Was Asbestos Used in Homes?
- Asbestos-Containing Products in the Home
- Limiting Asbestos Exposure
- Managing Storage Areas
- Asbestos in the Garage
- Legal Help For Asbestos Diseases
When was Asbestos Used in Homes
“Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals mined for their useful properties such as thermal insulation, chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength. Asbestos was commonly used in building materials. Many products are still in place today contain asbestos,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, according to the EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and is the only known cause of mesothelioma. This serious cancer is caused by breathing in or ingesting asbestos fibers, which become lodged in the thin membrane that lines and encases the lungs and abdominal cavity.
One source of asbestos exposure often overlooked is in the home. If the house was built prior to the 1980s, it was likely built with some asbestos-containing materials. It is possible to be exposed to asbestos in your house when you undertake do-it-yourself renovation projects or as the result of wind, rain or storm damage to the house.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us to learn about your legal options for pursuing compensation.
Asbestos-Containing Products in the Home
Asbestos was a common component of many building materials through the 1980s, and these dangerous materials can still be found in houses and apartment buildings throughout the United States.
Do-it-yourself homeowners and professionals who are renovating or performing work on older homes may be exposed to deadly asbestos fibers if they work with or disturb the following materials:
- Cement roofing and siding shingles
- House Insulation in homes built between 1930 and 1950
- Textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints
- Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces
- Older products such as stove-top pads
- Walls and floors around wood burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
- Some vinyl floor tiles, and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
- Hot water and steam pipes in older houses with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
- Asbestos insulation for oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets
In addition, the National Safety Council warns of asbestos found in:
- Soundproofing or decorative material
- Automobile brake pads, linings, clutch facings, and gaskets
The presence of asbestos-containing materials in a home is not hazardous unless the material becomes damaged. Damaged, deteriorating, or friable asbestos that becomes dry and crumbles into a powder may release asbestos fibers into the air that can be inhaled and can pose a health risk for the residents.
Professional testing is recommended to determine whether materials in your home contain asbestos.
Homeowners should never try to repair or remove asbestos-containing materials on their own. Disturbing these materials could release microscopic asbestos fibers into the air, putting anyone who inhales these fibers at risk of developing a debilitating asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma.