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How to Deal With Old Asbestos Products in Your Home

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on February 11, 2024

Dealing with the presence of asbestos in your home can be a daunting and potentially hazardous task. The risk associated with asbestos comes from its tiny fibers, which can become airborne and inhaled, leading to severe health conditions such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. It’s crucial to approach asbestos with caution, especially in older homes where it was commonly used in insulation, floor tiles, roofing, and other building materials. The safest path you can take if you suspect there is asbestos in your home is to leave it alone and call a professional. 

If you have been exposed to asbestos through a household product, a skilled attorney from The Williams Law Firm, P.C., can help you seek justice for the losses you have suffered. We understand the ins and outs of personal injury and asbestos regulations and can use our expertise and skills to protect your rights and interests. We treat every case as our cause and are dedicated to helping you secure the maximum compensation available for your claim. 

What to Do If You Find Old Asbestos Products in Your Home

If you find asbestos in your home, the safest course of action is to leave it be. Improperly handling the material may cause it to release fibers, putting you at an increased risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. To prevent the substance from releasing fibers, spray it gently with water and call a professional. It is also essential to report the asbestos to the Environmental Protection Agency

There are different federal, state, and local regulations for dealing with asbestos removal and repair. An asbestos professional like an asbestos inspector or corrective contractor will understand these laws, have the proper equipment for the job, and can help you ensure your home is safe. Sometimes, asbestos can even be recycled into non-toxic materials. This can offer a permanent solution that also reduces waste. 

Everyday Household Items That May Contain Asbestos

Asbestos was once commonly used in many household items and building materials before its health risks were uncovered. A few asbestos products that may lurk in your home include the following:

  • Insulation
  • Flooring materials
  • Ceiling materials
  • Roofing materials
  • Adhesives
  • HVAC ductwork
  • Electrical components
  • Drywall
  • Shingles and siding
  • Plumbing
  • Fireplace materials
  • Appliances
  • Cigarette filters
  • Potholders
  • Ashtray coasters
  • Wicking for gas ranges
  • Fake snow
  • Hair dryers
  • Makeup
  • Talcum powder

If you have been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma, you deserve to recover compensation for the full extent of your losses. At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we can help you fight for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. We are dedicated to securing a just settlement so that you focus on your health. Our lead attorney, Joe Williams, will even meet with you in your house.

Partner with a Knowledgeable Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorney at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.

At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., our team understands the immense physical, emotional, and financial burdens that come with a mesothelioma diagnosis, and we are committed to standing with you every step of the way. We tailor our approach to meet your unique needs, ensuring that your concerns are heard and thoroughly addressed. Our founding partner, Joe Williams, has a 30-year track record of success and has never lost a case, meaning he knows how to fight for you.  

Take the first step towards securing the compensation and justice you deserve. Call us at (855) 575-6376 for a free consultation or complete our contact form.

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