Asbestos poisoning, also known more commonly as asbestos exposure in the United States, is the result of long-term exposure to asbestos and asbestos fibers. It’s important to understand not only how this condition occurs, but from where and the symptoms to look out for. Due to the long timeframe of asbestos poisoning, it’s important to catch it early before symptoms start. [Read more…] about Are You at Risk of Asbestos Poisoning?
It can be a scary feeling knowing that there is asbestos in your home or business. Upon suspicion or finding out, it can be very easy to search the first asbestos contractors you can find and use their services. However, it’s important to do your research and ask your specialist some questions to make sure you both know the expectations involved, and that their work will keep you and your family or employees safe during asbestos remediation. Here are some pointed questions to ask: [Read more…] about Why Not All Asbestos Contractors are the Same
From the concerned to the thorough, regardless of your reasons to test your home or business for asbestos, it always helps to know what to expect. An asbestos inspection is done in two parts: a professional asbestos contractor will inspect your building for asbestos, taking samples from areas of concern and suspect materials. Secondly, those sample materials will be tested for the presence of asbestos. [Read more…] about Asbestos Inspection: What to Expect with Asbestos Testing
You may have heard of building damage or destruction releasing asbestos into the air. A commonly cited incident was the asbestos in the twin World Trade Centers that became a fine powder upon their fire and collapse. However, other events are more recent, such as a fire in a Toronto high school that released previously discovered asbestos into the air. In this article, we’re going to look at the situations that cause asbestos to be considered safe to leave in place and the risks they run. [Read more…] about Is the Asbestos in My Building Safe?
Building remodels are all about intentional damage focused room-by-room or the whole building. From saws to sledgehammers to backhoe demolition, everything from putting in a new kitchen to demolishing an old factory unearths the hidden secrets of the property. One of the biggest risks is exposing contracts as well as those who live in and around the property to hazardous materials during the project, as many of the above tools can easily disturb and cause hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold to become airborne. [Read more…] about Hazardous Materials in Property Remodeling and Demolition
In its heyday, asbestos was incorporated into many materials due to its various qualities. When mixed with cement, it could produce sheets of asbestos cement that were more durable than standard drywall, but without the extra labor of pouring or hauling concrete. As such, it could be found in many construction applications from the turn of the 20th century until the late 80s. This blog is going to cover major types of asbestos sheeting and the risks to watch out for. [Read more…] about Asbestos Cement Sheeting in the United States