As Louisiana continues to recover from yet another round of devastating floods, many homeowners and business owners are rebuilding their property from the ground up.
All of this destruction and renovation cause asbestos hidden in the ceilings, walls and floors to be exposed and dangerous asbestos fibers to permeate the air. They can become trapped in hair, clothing, furniture and more.
Asbestos in older buildings
Newer homes and buildings aren’t likely to have dangerous amounts of asbestos. However, if your property was built before the 1980s, as many in New Orleans and throughout the state were, it’s likely to be in areas that have been disturbed either during the floods themselves or during the repair and renovation. In addition to the areas we mentioned, it can be found in things like:
- Textured paints
- Caulking and adhesives
- Heating/cooling systems
While you’re likely anxious to get your property back to normal, it’s crucial not to cut corners when it comes to hiring construction and remodeling professionals – particularly with an older building where asbestos may be present. Licensed professionals know that asbestos detection and abatement are crucial when working in older buildings – for the safety of their employees and their customers.
The dangers of asbestos exposure
Exposure to asbestos can cause a number of serious medical conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer and asbestosis. Being exposed to it for a short time after your home is damaged likely won’t cause serious health issues. However, you want to ensure that any asbestos that’s been disturbed is adequately removed.
Whether you’re a construction professional who’s been working around asbestos or you’ve been exposed to it in your property, if you’ve become ill, you may be able to seek compensation to help with medical expenses.