Mold growth is a real threat for buildings of all kinds, and the most common problem areas is where water meets surfaces. From leaking pipes to steam and pooling water, kitchens have it all, and commercial kitchens – which see more volume and activity than any residential kitchen – are even more at risk. While mold in a home is a hazard to the health of all the residents, mold in a kitchen of a restaurant or other facility is a hazard to all the employees and those who eat food produced in it. This is why it’s vital to locate and deal with mold in commercial kitchens. [Read more…] about Diagnosing Mold Problems in Your Commercial Kitchen
Lead, just like many of the heavy metals, is hazardous to the human body. But until other hazardous substances were controlled at the federal and state level, lead’s use – specifically in paint as a coloration and material enhancing aid – was only regulated after 1978. As the years progressed and the harmful effects have been better documented, it’s become more than just critical to protect children from lead poisoning, but also the law to have child-care facilities like daycare centers and school inspected for lead paint. As such, it’s vital to get your building inspected if there are children present. [Read more…] about The Importance of Checking for Lead in Schools & Childcare Facilities
It’s one thing to understand that asbestos – a hazardous material commonly found in construction materials of buildings made in the late 1980s and older – causes major illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, and another to understand how it happens. This article is designed to help shed light on the exact process, from how the asbestos becomes airborne to the effects on your body, to help underline the dangers of asbestos exposure. [Read more…] about How Does Asbestos Get into Your Lungs?
When it comes to getting an asbestos inspection or abatement done at your place of business or at home, it’s important to understand core concepts and terms. Below are seven of the most common terms and titles used when talking about asbestos contractors and their work. Take a few minutes to review them to understand better the asbestos removal process and when talking to your asbestos abatement contractors that are handling the project. [Read more…] about 7 Asbestos Terms You Should Know
When you find out that asbestos may be present in your building, it can be scary. It’s why we work with our customers to understand not only the risks of asbestos but also how we deal with containing and removing asbestos in the process known as asbestos abatement. It’s a process that is – while requiring attention to detail and rigorous training and safety standards – relatively simple in the broad strokes. In this article, we’ll walk you through the four major steps of asbestos abatement. [Read more…] about What to Expect During the Asbestos Abatement Process
For anyone who has done any research in asbestos (or read even a fraction of our blogs on the subject), they know the largest concern of its presence is the health risks that come with asbestos exposure. Brought in through the nose and mouth to the lungs, asbestos fibers can cause scarring to the lungs that leads to shortness of breath, as well as a serious risk of multiple types of cancer. It’s important to understand the risks of asbestos exposure, but it’s also important to understand how smoking interacts and complicates the health concerns and how it should factor into asbestos abatement. [Read more…] about The Connection and Risk of Asbestos and Smoking