First, my heart and prayers go out to all of you who are affected by this disease. I wish it didn't exist.
I have a situation that I have been researching FOREVER trying to find out how to handle correctly! My husband and I live in a townhouse that had popcorn ceilings in it. We started painting the ceilings, and a few chunks fell off. After that, my dad (a realtor) told us to have it all scraped off, and we hired someone who does some work for him. Since then, I have found out about asbestos and its dangers--and that we had 3% asbestos in the ceiling! I do not know what to do, and I have been SO SO worried! My mind is obsessed, and I'm afraid. We never slept at the house again after it was scraped, and have been there minimally. We went there to clean up the dust that was everywhere with masks that we bought from Home Depot. They had filters on them, and were recommended to us by the employees. The problem is that ALL our things were--and are--in the house. The guy who scraped the ceiling covered the floors and furniture, but it wasn't secure, and I hvae a feeling he didn't wet the stuff first. What do we do??? I am willinbg to hire someone to tear out our carpets, to throw away our bed and couches, and to throw away our clothes (yes, it's expensive, and we'll be in debt--but it's worth our lives/health). I am TOALLY willing to do this if it's the best thing to do--but I don't know!! It is SO hard to find info on this situation, and I can't find anything online or anyone to talk to about this kind of situation.
I'm afraid and want to do what I can now to stop the exposure and neuralize our home. Also, we had brought some of the clothes to my parents' home to wash here (my poor mom washed them!) and I feel horrible that that clothes is here now that I know about asbestos. Is their washer and dryer ruined? What do we do with all our clothes and furniture? Can they be made safe? Or should we throw it all away? I'm afraid. I'm willing to go in debt to get rid of all these things and to start over. Please help. I don't know what to do.
Sorry for the long letter. I'm just afraid.