Like most hazardous materials, mold is an unwelcome and harmful substance, but what separates this material from others in the group is that it’s a living organism capable of reproduction. When you see that unsightly stain on your walls, floors, and ceiling, it’s a living colony feeding off the dead organic substances within and on the surface of the building materials. Understanding the life cycle of mold and learning how it grows will help you realize how quickly it can spread and what it takes to eliminate it. [Read more…] about The Life Cycle of Mold and How it Grows
When envisioning flaking paint in older homes, one’s mind often wanders to thoughts of harmful lead inhalation. However, lead is not the only hazardous substance that can be present in paint; asbestos is also an unseen risk. This can endanger homeowners if they plan on remodeling or the paint begins to chip. That’s why it’s so important to identify and protect yourself from asbestos-containing paint. [Read more…] about Identifying and Protecting Yourself from Asbestos-Containing Paint
The United States military is the occupation with the highest number of mesothelioma patients. One-third to one-half of all mesothelioma patients are veterans. Of course, members of the military are exposed to far more environments than your typical American, but it’s primarily due to the asbestos in military family housing that this disease continues to affect our service members. Given what we now know about asbestos, why is asbestos still prevalent in U.S. military housing? [Read more…] about Why is Asbestos Rampant in U.S. Military Housing?
Asbestos was used in an assortment of electrical components during the early days of commercial electricity. Due to the unknown risk at the time, manufacturers would use this hazardous substance for its fireproof quality and to protect people from electrocution. Nowadays, we’re well aware of the dangers of asbestos, but that doesn’t stop it from being present in many older homes. For that reason, it’s important to distinguish what types of electrical components potentially contain asbestos to ensure your home and family are protected. [Read more…] about What Types of Electrical Components Potentially Contain Asbestos?
Asbestos abatement is an essential step when demolishing a building, as the release of asbestos fibers can contaminate the surrounding area. But not only can dismissing or improperly performing such a vital step compromise the health of workers and nearby residents, but it can also have severe financial repercussions. In April, a Milwaukee real estate company and contractor learned this lesson the hard way when they were hit with a heavy fine for violating asbestos regulations. [Read more…] about Violating Asbestos Regulations: How It Can Cost You
When you discover mold in your home, a natural reaction is to want to get rid of it due to its negative effects on your health. However, when people think of mold abatement, they often believe remediation and removal are one and the same. Not only are the two different, but their application depends on the unique mold scenario. In this blog, we will explain the differences between mold remediation vs. mold removal, and when it’s best to use them. [Read more…] about Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal: The Right Choice for You