Asbestos in Your Home

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as the insulation. Asbestos can also be found in a variety of home materials including roofing, texture paint, flooring materials, and stove and furnace materials, to name a few. You can't tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labeled. If you suspect asbestos material in your home, don't touch it, but look for signs of wear or damage such as tears, abrasions, or water damage. Damaged material may release asbestos fibers. This is particularly true if you often disturb it by hitting, rubbing, or handling it, or if it is exposed to extreme vibration or air flow. Asbestos in your home may need to be repaired or removed, particularly if damaged. If you believe you may have been injured by an asbestos material or have more questions about what legal claims are available for asbestos injuries, contact an attorney in your area today.

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