Until the 1970's, asbestos-hazards were found in insulation and was commonly used in attics and in other insulating applications.
I remember in the 70's, one of our church buildings was closed for renovation while the asbestos was removed from it. That was my first experience with the negatives of asbestos.
In building your new home, you will never have a problem because you can't find asbestos used in any products today. However, if you are being the general contractor of your remodel job, then you may have a problem if asbestos was used during the build.
Older homes may have asbestos in the walls or attics, and so you need to be absolutely certain of what you are dealing with. The cause and effect of asbestos-contamination by breathing dangerous asbestos fibers into your lungs could have devastating results for you.
Mesothelioma is the cancer that is caused because of asbestos, and it is deadly. It usually doesn't manifest itself until later in life, but when it does, there is little that can be done to ease the pain and suffering. It often isn't found until it has metastasized, or spread, making successful treatment even more difficult.
Usually mesothelioma takes from 20 to 50 years to develop, however in places of high concentration of asbestos, the development of mesothelioma has occurred much quicker. For example, several of the early responders to the September 11th World Trade Center disaster, have died, due to the high exposure to asbestos-contamination that occurred then. In cases such as this, mesothelioma lawyers are ready to take on the case in a heartbeat.
Many people choose to remodel an old home to flip it, or they'll add on to an old home rather than build a new home. If this is what you are thinking, be sure to learn all you can about asbestos-hazards.
If you have been exposed to asbestos you may be entitled to collect from a lawsuit.
It is particularly important to check with a doctor if any of the following symptoms develop:
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
- A persistent cough that gets worse over time
- Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up
- Pain or tightening in the chest
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the neck or face
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Fatigue or anemia
- Fever, night sweat
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