Homeowners may be at risk of exposure to asbestos due to the insulation either in the attic or wrapped around wire or pipes. In addition to the low cost of asbestos insulation, it has insulating characteristics that make it exceptionally useful in home application. Asbestos insulation is light and can be installed without difficulty into confining spaces such as residential attics.
Asbestos fibers in vermiculite are too small to be seen by the naked eye so only a trained technician with a microscope can see asbestos fibers. Therefore, to be safe, you should assume that vermiculite insulation may be contaminated with asbestos. Make every effort not to disturb the insulation.
Homeowners especially those who complete do-it-yourself projects may be at an increased risk of asbestos exposure in tackling their own remodeling jobs in older homes. In doing so, homeowners may encounter old or “friable” insulation in attics, wrapped around wires or pipes, or elsewhere in their homes such as older boilers. Asbestos containing insulation can lead to the development asbestos related diseases including pleural plaques, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. As such, we strongly recommend that you hire a trained and certified asbestos contractor to remove the insulation and other “friable” asbestos containing products in the home.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, call the Throneberry Law Office at 888-506-1131 for a no-obligation consultation and compassionate, proven representation.