Toxins Present in Older Homes

If you are looking for a place to live, older homes can provide a sense of place and establishment. Older homes have a majesty and grace that may not be present in a brand-new home. While an older house may be appealing to you, there are certain toxins that were utilized in older methods of home building that can harm you and your loved ones.

There are two toxins that tend to be present in older homes: lead and asbestos. Lead-based paints are cheaper than regular paint, and this heavy metal was also added to piping. Thus, as lead paint degrades, it can put lead dust into the air around you. Additionally, as lead piping ages, the lead can slowly wear away into the water supply.

Lead dust and flaking paint is especially dangerous for young children, particularly those who are still crawling. This is because babies can get their hands covered in lead dust as they crawl, then they put their hands in their mouths and ingest the lead.

Lead poisoning can cause permanent damages in both children and adults, although it is more dangerous to children. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include lethargy, irritability, abdominal pain, anemia, and learning difficulties. If this exposure to lead is prolonged, children can suffer from lifelong physical and mental disabilities.

Instead of physical and mental disabilities, exposure to asbestos causes cancer and other serious health issues. Asbestos was a very popular insulating material up until the late 1980s, when it was banned. Before the ban, asbestos was added to things like water mains, insulation, vinyl flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing tar, and counter tops. As asbestos breaks down with age, friction, or even natural disasters, it releases microscopic fibers into the air. From here, the fibers can be inhaled or ingested.

Once in your body, asbestos fibers typically become lodged in your tissues. Our bodies cannot break down this carcinogen, so instead if forms nodules around the fibers. These fibers can become tumors or cause lung scarring and damage. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, and lung, colorectal, throat, esophageal, gastrointestinal, and kidney cancer. Noncancerous asbestos-related problems include asbestosis, pleural effusions, and pleural plaques.

If you or someone you know has developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the party at fault. To help you fight for your rights, talk to a mesothelioma attorney from Williams Kherkher today.

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