As we’ve talked about in previous blogs, asbestos regulation and banning in the US is a mess of various federal and state laws. However, certain asbestos products were called out by name to be banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In a blast from the past, you can read this 1977 CPSC press release about “artificial fireplace emberizing materials” containing asbestos suggested as being hazardous and should be removed from chimneys. Today we’ll talk about these ornamental logs, embers, and ash, as well as other parts of the fireplace and chimney that could contain asbestos. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Chimneys, Fireplaces and Ornamental Logs
While many home hazards are due to a choice of construction materials, mold stands alone as a biological hazard that can grow in your home. It’s important to know how to detect the right environment for mold growth, and finding the mold that may reside in your home. Below are some of the common culprits when it comes to dangerous mold, also known as “toxic mold” for the production of mycotoxins (chemicals dangerous to people and animals in their spores). [Read more…] about Five Molds to Look Out For in Your Home
Asbestos has had a long and complicated relationship with construction in the US. Not only in its use in everything from fire-retardant blankets to vinyl flooring, but in how it’s regulated in the United States. These factors, combined with poor record keeping from homeowners, real estate, and home renovation contractors means that it’s always uncertain when buying an older home if there’s asbestos or not. In this blog, we’re going to look at the contributing factors to this problem. [Read more…] about Buying a Home Built Before 1990? It May Contain Asbestos
Asbestos was used in many different ways in the peak of asbestos manufacturing, from attic insulation to durable floor tiles. However, due to both its insulating properties and high heat resistance, one of the largest markets for its use was as insulators and liners for a building’s heating system. In this blog, we’ll look at how asbestos was used to keep hot things hot and prevent damage to property and people, and how those same systems pose a threat to your health now. Make sure to check out our blog, What Parts of a Building is Asbestos Found In?, for a more general overview of asbestos locations. [Read more…] about Asbestos in the Basement: Boilers, Heaters and Piping
In our blog, Understanding Sick Building Syndrome, we talked about building environments that make people ill. A critical part of that is the indoor air quality and all of the factors that influence it. In this blog, we’ll go over the three major parts that make up indoor air quality: the air itself, how the air is circulated, and the particles in the air that can negatively impact the human body. [Read more…] about What Influences Your Indoor Air Quality?
When you think about asbestos, the first thing that probably comes to mind is insulation. Asbestos is primarily known for its heat resistance and insulating properties that can be found in attic, wall, and boiler insulation. However, this “miracle mineral” was also used in material and cement and vinyl to make them more durable: the long fibers helping to avoid cracks and breaking. Depending on the brand and style, it also provided cosmetic variety with its crystal structure. [Read more…] about Asbestos Underfoot: Identifying Asbestos Vinyl Floor Tiles