Common Sources of Asbestos

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Asbestos exposure occurs when the tiny fibers are inhaled into the lungs. The term ‘asbestos” refers to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals made up of magnesium, iron, calcium, aluminum, and sodium or trace elements. Asbestos is divided into two classes: Serpentine, accounting for as much as 93% of the word’s asbestos usage, and amphiboles. Different types of asbestos cause different toxicities, depending on factors such as the shape and size of the asbestos fibers and how the lung reacts to the presence of the fibers.

Asbestos can only be identified with a specific type of microscope and cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers may lead to a variety of illnesses, including:

  • Lung cancer: an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lung
  • Mesothelioma: a form of cancer
  • Asbestosis: the lungs becomes scarred with fibrous tissue

Common sources of asbestos include more than 5000 products, because asbestos is bio-degradable, strong, durable, flexible and resists high temperatures and corrosion. Some areas of your home, office or automobile that may have once contained or still contains asbestos include:

  • Construction sites
  • Clutch pads and brake pads
  • Factories
  • Ceilings crawl spaces
  • Flooring tiles
  • Interior and exterior roofing materials
If you or a loved one may have been exposed and suffering from Asbestos or Mesothelioma, consult with a Asbestos Attorney in your area to review your case for free in exploring legal remedies.

Extended exposure to asbestos can cause serious long-term health effects that can lead to disability or death. It is important to seek medical and legal help from a qualified asbestos attorney if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos. You may be entitled to compensation and other benefits.

Common Sources of Asbestos At Home

Although asbestos can be found in any home, the potential for asbestos exposure at home is greater if the home is more than thirty years old. If asbestos is detected in your home and is in good condition, there may be little risk. If you attempt to remove it, fibers will break away and pollute the air. You may breathe in these fibers and become ill. This is why detection and removal of asbestos should only be performed by a highly competent professional. If an inspection shows asbestos is present in your home, do not touch the asbestos.

According to the United States Department Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) common sources of asbestos in the home may occur in one or more of these areas:

  • Cement siding, wallboard and pipes
  • Asphalt or vinyl flooring tiles and ceiling tiles
  • Vinyl wall covering
  • Acoustic or decorative plaster
  • Insulation of ducts, pipes, and boilers
  • Insulation that is sprayed or blown in
  • Heating and electrical ducts
  • Fireproofing materials
  • Roofing felt and shingles
  • Caulking, putties, joint or spackling compound, construction glues
  • Textured coatings and paints

In general, use great precaution to avoid asbestos materials present in the home. Don’t sweep, dust, sand or drill where asbestos is present, to avoid polluting your breathing air with asbestos fibers. Make every attempt to avoid tracking asbestos from one area of the home to another area of the home where asbestos may not be present. Throw away any materials in the home that may have come into contact with asbestos, including towels, clothing, gloves, outerwear, etc.

If you have any suspicions that asbestos may be present in your home, your first step is to contact an asbestos inspector immediately to have your home thoroughly inspected. Your next step is to contact an asbestos attorney to thoroughly discuss your options. While the ill effects of asbestos exposure cannot be reversed, an experience asbestos attorney can help you avoid common sources of asbestos and will work with you to pursue a legal case and obtain fair compensation for your suffering. 

If you or a loved one may have been exposed and suffering from Asbestos or Mesothelioma, consult with a Asbestos Attorney in your area to review your case for free in exploring legal remedies.