The Gori Law Firm
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
888-362-6890
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

Can you do your own asbestos removal?

Older homes share many common concerns. One is that they tend to break down and need maintenance. Another is that they often hold materials made with asbestos. Together, these issues can mean serious trouble for the nation’s homeowners.

The U.S. government knew for decades that asbestos exposure could lead to serious health problems, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that it began to regulate the material’s use. In 1989, the government passed a partial ban on asbestos use. This blocked manufacturers from using a range of materials made with asbestos, such as the flooring felt and various papers commonly used in construction. But what about the houses made before the ban?

Asbestos is a known carcinogen

Asbestos is a term that covers several types of fibrous minerals. These minerals are highly resistant to both heat and fire, so people built them into a wide range of construction materials, such as:

  • Pipe insulation
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Textured paint
  • Siding panels

Unless these materials have labels that say they have asbestos, it’s nearly impossible to tell just by looking at them. When these materials break down and the fibers get into the air—or catch onto someone’s clothes before releasing back into the air—they can become dangerous. People who inhale or absorb these fibers through their skin stand a much greater risk of aggressive cancers like lung cancer or mesothelioma.

The EPA claims that people shouldn't worry about products made with asbestos in the schools, houses and other buildings that already have them—unless those products start to wear and break down. When those old ceiling tiles start to crack or crumble, or the floor tile starts to pull up, you may want to remove them. But can you do it yourself?

DIY asbestos removal is usually a bad idea

There are federal laws covering asbestos removal for commercial and government agencies, but not for individual homeowners. If you want to know if it’s legal to remove your home’s asbestos by yourself, you want to check your state’s laws. But even if it’s legal for you to clear out your home’s asbestos, it’s not necessarily a good idea.

The EPA hosts a large list of homeowner Do’s and Don’ts that all touch on the different ways your actions could accidentally release asbestos into the air and put your family at risk. These include:

  • Avoid damaging materials made with asbestos
  • Don’t dust or sweep materials with asbestos
  • Don’t saw, sand or drill holes into materials with asbestos
  • Leave undamaged materials alone

There is no known “safe amount” of asbestos exposure, and it’s possible to develop a cancer like mesothelioma as much as 20 to 50 years after your exposure.

Leave it to the professionals

It’s generally not worth the risk to tackle your own asbestos removal. If your house is in good shape, you should be able to leave things alone and be fine. But if your house starts breaking down, and you suspect some materials may contain asbestos, it’s likely in your best interest to call an accredited asbestos professional.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose The Gori Law Firm?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at The Gori Law Firm fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. The Gori Law Firm works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More

Watch Our Video

Watch More In Our Video Center >

Recognition

Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Pursuing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

The Gori Law Firm News

Late Summer Luau is Coming to City Park

Read More >

In The Community

The Gori Law Firm and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >
${site.data.firmName}

Edwardsville Office
The Gori Law Firm
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Washington, DC Office
The Gori Law Firm
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW
10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009
Washington Law Office Map

New Orleans Office
The Gori Law Firm
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2195
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
The Gori Law Firm
3878 Carson Street, Suite 210
Torrance, CA 90503
Torrance Law Office Map

St. Louis Office
The Gori Law Firm
1133 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
St. Louis Law Office Map

New York Office
The Gori Law Firm
360 Lexington Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
New York Law Office Map

Orlando Office
The Gori Law Firm
37 N. Orange Ave., Suite 201
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Law Office Map

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top