In the unfinished attics and crawlspaces across the US, there are many insulation options to keep the rest of the property warm or cool depending on the season. While traditional options include blanket (or “batt”) insulation or block insulation, lightly used or closed off spaces often make use of loose fill insulation – or variants like “blow-in” insulation. In older homes, there is a very real risk that this insulation contains asbestos – on purpose or due to contamination – and due to its loose nature, asbestos loose fill insulation pose a greater health hazard than many other asbestos-containing materials. [Read more…] about What You Need to Know Asbestos Loose Fill Insulation
Ready to paint your home, but worried about the presence of lead paint in your house? It’s an understandable concern in older homes, especially those before 1978 when lead paint was banned from use in building paint. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or looking to get assistance from a contractor, it’s essential to understand the risks and safety measures needed to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from lead paint. [Read more…] about Worried About Lead Paint? Steps to Take Before Renovation
When inhaled, asbestos fibers make their way into the lungs causing physical damage and become lodged in the surrounding tissue, both of which can form cancer. The risk rises with two major factors: time and amount of exposure. In this blog, we’re looking at where the risks are, who is most at risk, and measures to take if you think you’ve been exposed. [Read more…] about How Long Does It Take for Asbestos Exposure to Be Harmful?
When it comes to our children, their safety is paramount. Keeping the places they live, learn, and play safe has led to many of our first regulations and rulings on hazardous construction materials in America. From asbestos to lead, many of these materials that impact the health and air quality of schools and other childcare facilities are being diagnosed and removed. However, due to its very nature mold is a reoccurring problem in schools and you need to work to prevent it. Learn the basics in this article. [Read more…] about Mold in Schools: Finding and Solving Air Quality Problems
Asbestos thrives with the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” While asbestos-containing material (ACM) can exist in many places and substances in homes and businesses alike, the attic is a common one, especially unfinished ones in older homes. From concerns about air quality and asbestos exposure to risks of renovation, it’s important to understand what the most common attic ACMs are and why they were put there in the first place. [Read more…] about Asbestos in the Attic: Insulation, Roofing Materials, and More
Hindsight is always 20/20. That’s certainly the case with asbestos. Today it’s banned in most first world countries (or in the case of the US, kind of banned). Companies and contractors like ourselves work to safely remove it from homes, businesses, and facilities across the US, following stringent rules and regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by states and counties. But it wasn’t always this way: the legacy of asbestos removal only happened because of the reasons it was sold to construction companies and contractors in the first place. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Construction Materials: Why Was It Used?