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?
Flooding can be devastating to a home, with widescale or high flooding causing irreparable damage to a home. However, even mild or isolated flooding in a home can have long-reaching consequences, especially when it comes to materials in your home – flooring, walls, ceilings, insulation, etc. – suffering from water damage. Besides visual stains and structural damage, water-soaked materials and standing water can also lead to mold, which – left unchecked – can become a serious health hazard. [Read more…] about Remediation Tips: Dealing with Mold Due to Flooding
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
From commercial complexes to single-family buildings, mold is a problem that often augments other issues of the building, from leaking HVAC systems to flooding caused by storms. Any source of water can potentially be a source of mold, and water damage brings a heightened chance with the “perfect storm” of water drenched materials that are often in hard-to-reach areas. Let’s go over some of the most common types of water damage and how mold can impact them. [Read more…] about Will Water Damage Lead to Mold?
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?