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?
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
While this blog often covers the residential side of asbestos inspections and exposure, it’s important to remember the industrial uses (at an industrial scale) of asbestos in the commercial industry. Besides the factories that produced or handled asbestos-containing materials (ACM), few buildings saw as much asbestos use as power plants in the US. This article is designed to provide an overview for those concerned about the presences of asbestos in these types of facilities. [Read more…] about The Presence of Asbestos in Power Plants
Hazardous materials like asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are most often uncovered (and cause exposure) during actions like renovations and demolitions. Here at Fiber Control, we’ve already discussed these types of issues for renovation (see our blogs How to Find Hazardous Materials Before Renovating and Finding Hazardous Building Materials While Renovating for details on those). Today we’re looking at the three major parts of demolishing a building, which brings similar but more drastic measures. [Read more…] about Avoiding Asbestos Hazards When Demolishing a Building