I had no idea what mesothelioma was until I bought a house with asbestos in the basement. My brother John works as a mesothelioma defense lawyer (among other things), and he told me all about the risks of asbestos exposure. Even though it looks tempting, never lick asbestos, unless that is, you want to get mesothelioma. And if you get mesothelioma, I recommend that you seek legal help from a mesothelioma lawyer.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen asbestos and it’s in my basement. When looking in the basement, my inspector pointed it out to me.
Uh Scott, I wouldn’t touch that if I were you.
Because that white covering is asbestos.
Oh, that’s bad.
Yeah, asbestos is bad, but only if you rub it on your skin, inhale the little asbestos fibers, or consume it. Still, I don’t want to get mesothelioma so I want the asbestos out of my house as soon as possible. Currently the asbestos is covering the wooden support beam above my furnace. It will protect the beam in case of a fire, and it was installed there for that very reason.
A house jack is pinning the asbestos to the support beam so it will need to be moved. I plan to safely remove the asbestos when I replace the columns in the basement. There are a few more house jacks and old tree trunks loosely holding up my house… but that’s another story.