In the modern world, asbestos is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of property owners, tenants, and employees alike. This is because asbestos is associated with one of the biggest boogiemen for the last few decades in the developed world: cancer. And while asbestos is only one of many carcinogenic products out there, it has almost cornered the market on one type of cancer: mesothelioma. This article is going to look at what exactly mesothelioma is, how asbestos causes this cancer, and the importance of getting tested. [Read more…] about Mesothelioma: Asbestos’s Most Infamous Cancer
Finding and removing asbestos makes your home or business safe for yourself, your family, and your staff. But what happens to the asbestos afterwards? As a hazardous material, asbestos isn’t something you can just toss in a bin (or even into a dumpster) like other building material waste. Instead, just like with asbestos removal, asbestos disposal has to be handled with the proper protection and training by licensed experts in the field, either by the same contractors who removed the asbestos or through a properly certified disposal company. [Read more…] about How Asbestos is Disposed of Safely
When you’re gearing up to sell your home, it can be a busy and nerve-wracking time. Not only do you need to pack up years of accumulated possessions and deal with the logistics of your new home, but you also have to get your old home ready for sale. Finding and fixings all the little problems, dings, and scratches are one thing, but it can be terrifying to find a major issue in your home. This article looks at what to do when you discover mold in the home selling process, and what you need to do about it before selling. [Read more…] about Can You Sell a Home Containing Mold?
Asbestos, the so-called “miracle mineral” for much of the 20th century, was not a material used by itself. Generally a fairly brittle silicate, asbestos was instead added to other materials due to three major properties: its high heat resistance for fire-proofing, it’s insulative properties, and its sound-deadening effects. These, combined with a low cost, means that asbestos was used in a lot of construction materials. How many? Let’s take a look at common uses throughout the home, from the basement to the attic of a home. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Your House: A Breakdown Floor by Floor
Hazardous materials like asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are most often uncovered (and cause exposure) during actions like renovations and demolitions. Here at Fiber Control, we’ve already discussed these types of issues for renovation (see our blogs How to Find Hazardous Materials Before Renovating and Finding Hazardous Building Materials While Renovating for details on those). Today we’re looking at the three major parts of demolishing a building, which brings similar but more drastic measures. [Read more…] about Avoiding Asbestos Hazards When Demolishing a Building