Today we still have the legacy of lead paint in homes and businesses across the United States, even though the risks and bans have been long known. When we discover that commonly used construction materials are toxic, it is a very gradual process to enact state and federal bans against it and begin recovery. The risks of lead from lead paint had been well known for decades if not centuries, but the slow march of government, intensive lobbying, and dragging lawsuits took a long time to enact change. Let’s look at why lead paint is still present in so many buildings, using an example that is close to home. [Read more…] about Why is Lead Paint Still Present in Homes and Housing?
Asbestos was used far and wide in the US and other developed countries before being phased out in the 1980s as the health effects became more and more apparent to the public. While this blog generally focuses on asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) such as construction materials, asbestos was also used in many commercial and industrial products, including filters. Asbestos filters were generally used in commercial and industrial grade processes, with the possibility of tainting their products or sometimes being built into them. [Read more…] about Asbestos Filters: Risks for Businesses and Their Products
On October 18th of this year, Johnson & Johnson – the massive corporation that makes everything from medical devices to skin cream – issued a voluntary recall on a single lot (33,000 units) of talc baby powder in “an abundance of caution” after regulators discovered trace amounts of asbestos in the product. While subsequent in-house testing by Johnson & Johnson turned up no asbestos contamination, it’s important to understand how asbestos ends up in talc powder and other products and the danger it represents. [Read more…] about Talc Baby Powder Recall: Understanding Asbestos Contamination
The fall is a great time in New England: the leaves are falling, the air is brisk, and the holidays are starting. And you’re not the only one ready to have a party. Autumn also brings with it the start of the rainy season, and that same brisk weather means your home is locking down and heating up. These two factors: an increase in moisture and nowhere for it to go can start building the perfect environment for mold – and that’s not even counting any curveballs the weather can throw at you. [Read more…] about Dealing with Household Mold in Fall
Here at Fiber Control, Inc., we talk a lot about the prevalence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in homes. Consider this blog your one-stop-shop for the most common offenders when it comes to asbestos in residential homes. While some of this, such as popcorn ceiling and insulation, can be easily dated and traced back to its source, other common asbestos-containing features are hard to spot without a full inspection. [Read more…] about What are Common Asbestos Containing Features in a House?
Due to its properties of heat resistance, insulation, sound dampening, and low cost, asbestos was used in home and business construction all the way until its partial ban in the late 80s. Homeowners of these older homes need to be aware of the risks in their home, especially before a remodel. We’ve already looked at the basement and the attic for common asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Now let’s look in the living spaces of a home between them. [Read more…] about Asbestos on the Ground Floor: Living Spaces and Bedrooms