Today we know the many health dangers of asbestos. We know how it causes cancer and scarring of the lungs. But up until the 80s, it saw use in construction throughout the United States and it’s still used in several applications here and around the world. Many think that asbestos is manmade. After all, it’s asbestos fibers that are deadly and most construction fibers, such as those in fiberglass, are manmade. Therefore, you might be surprised to know that asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Let’s learn more about how asbestos is formed and how its natural occurrence has caused contributed to its problems. [Read more…] about Is Asbestos Man-Made or Naturally Occurring?
Have you or someone you’ve known complained about being mildly unwell, something that gradually sets in and they just can’t seem to shake? Many who experience this wonder if they are sick: if this is some sort of low-level infection or a sign of a much more dangerous long-term illness. Some think to change their routine, habits, or exercise more. However, few think about how it could be the building they work or live in that could be causing this, something that is known as Sick Building Syndrome. [Read more…] about Understanding Sick Building Syndrome
When it comes to older homes prior to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 1977 ban on the use of lead paints in residential properties and public buildings, they may contain lead paint. While not inherently dangerous, if this lead paint flakes or is chipped off and consumed (or exposed during renovations) it can cause significant health issues, especially in developing children. But why iss there lead in paint in the first place? [Read more…] about Lead Remediation: Why Is There Lead in Paint?
Asbestos remediation covers multiple processes and procedures for dealing with construction materials that contain asbestos. When property is inspected and asbestos found, the remediation company will provide different options depending on the material, its location, age, and status, and the future plans of the property by the owner. When it comes to removing the threat of asbestos, there are two major methods: asbestos encapsulation, and asbestos removal. Here, we’re going to talk about both and when to use them. [Read more…] about Asbestos Encapsulation Versus Asbestos Removal
As we talked about before in our blog Why Was Asbestos Used in Buildings?, during its heyday, asbestos saw use in many construction materials. It’s material not only saw it in insulation and fireproofing, but also sound dampening and included in materials like concrete for strength. Due to all these reasons, asbestos found its way into spackling and texturing surfaces, the most prominent being ceilings. Today we’re going to look at the dangers of popcorn ceilings containing asbestos and what to do about them. [Read more…] about The Dangers of Popcorn Ceilings Containing Asbestos
There are several hazardous things that can be in a building, but most come about due to issues with hazardous material, poor construction, or other man-made problems. Today we’re going to talk about a problem that literally grows: black mold. We covered an overview of causes and detection of mold growth in our blog, How to Tell If You Have a Mold Problem. Today we’re going to look specifically at Stachybotrys chartarum or Toxic Black Mold, what it is, what it does, and what to do about it. [Read more…] about Identifying Black Mold and Its Dangers to Your Health