Recent cold weather has led waterlines to rupture in more than 500 Fort Bliss military homes located in El Paso County, Texas. In the South Main Post neighborhood where the homes were built in the 1960’s, repair workers discovered that the waterlines were insulated with asbestos. Of the 146 homes, which all appear to have asbestos insulation, only 92 will require immediate asbestos removal.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber known to cause serious health problems, including mesothelioma and lung cancer, when inhaled. Prior to the public learning about the dangers of asbestos exposure and its health risks, the hazardous material was added to numerous asbestos construction products, including insulation, for its resistance to fire, heat, friction, electrical, and chemical damage.
Families living in the South Main Post homes requiring asbestos removal have been shifted to alternate housing or put up in hotels while the repairs are completed. The projects include repairing ruptured waterlines, replacing damaged asbestos insulation, and sealing off any asbestos insulation that will remain. In addition, air quality tests will be performed to ensure that the homes are asbestos- free and safe for families to return.
Have you or a loved one been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma? A mesothelioma attorney may be able to help.