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Couple blames contractor for asbestos exposure danger

Any South Carolina reader who plans on doing some home renovation this year may want to pay close attention to this story, especially if the home in question has popcorn ceilings. This type of ceiling is a texturized design that often poses a major asbestos exposure risk if it is scraped. A family in another state hired a contractor to remove the popcorn ceiling in a particular area of their home.  

The basic home renovation situation turned disastrous when homeowners discovered spilled debris throughout their house. They immediately had their property tested, which resulted in inspectors listing their home as a serious asbestos spill. This caused the family to have to evacuate. Thankfully, extended family members provided the couple and their two young children temporary shelter. 

The homeowners were distraught, saying the contractor, who claims he had worked with asbestos many times in the past, should have taken appropriate precautions to keep their home as safe as possible. The contractor reportedly blamed the homeowners, saying they had started renovations before he arrived on the job. The family lost nearly everything they owned.  

A fund-raising page was opened online to help the family obtain money to cover expenses associated with the asbestos removal process that would be needed. They also need funds to replace their belongings so they can move back into their home once inspectors say the asbestos exposure risk has been eradicated.  When there are insurance complications and legal problems associated with such situations in South Carolina, it's often helpful for those involved to seek experienced support, especially if a particular case leads to litigation. 

Source: Littleton, CO Patch, "Asbestos Renovation Nightmare For Littleton Family", Jean Lotus, April 2, 2018

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