Before it was discovered that asbestos causes malignant mesothelioma, there were plenty of reasons for using asbestos. The mineral adds strength and thermal insulation. It’s fire-retardant, cheap and it helps to block noise.
Not only was it used in industrial settings, it had many applications in construction, including in the building of private homes.
Unfortunately, the material is still in place in millions of houses and apartment buildings throughout the country. Intact asbestos does not generally pose a health problem, but once it starts to deteriorate or sustains damage, it breaks down into tiny particles that are easily inhaled or ingested.
That means that homeowners need to be aware of where to find it and how to protect themselves against its dangers.
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases occur when asbestos fibers are breathed in or swallowed, and the longer the duration of exposure, the higher the risk becomes. If you live in a home that was built prior to 1975, there is a good chance that there is asbestos hidden somewhere in your home, with the most likely locations including:
- Blown-in attic insulation
- Fiber cement siding
- Glue used to bond floor tiling to either wood or concrete
- HVAC insulation (flat and corrugated paper forms)
- Roofing material
- Some linoleum brands
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Window glazing and caulking
When asbestos gets disturbed through damage, wear and tear, natural disaster, fire, or demolition/renovation activities, it becomes extremely dangerous.
If you suspect that your home contains asbestos you are advised to check it from time to time to make sure that it is in good shape, and if it becomes damaged or you plan any changes that will disrupt it, be sure to contact an experienced and licensed asbestos remediation expert.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net are here to help. Contact us today at 1-800-692-8608 to learn more.