You may see ads all over TV from attorneys and law firms regarding asbestos and mesothelioma settlements. Asbestos was used heavily in many products for decades and those who worked around it have higher risk of contracting mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, or lung cancer. Millions have been set aside in a variety of lawsuit settlements to settle asbestos and mesothelioma claims – which is why you see so many lawyers advertising about it!
For homeowners, it is important to know that older homes may have asbestos in things like insulation (around pipes or in the attic/walls) and floor tiling. The EPA keeps a good website with more information on asbestos. Homeowners can have materials tested to determine if they have asbestos and if so, take precautions working around those materials or hiring contractors to do the work for them.