At the beginning of this blog, our very first article was about the health effects of asbestos, Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick. It’s the biggest concern for everyone involved with asbestos exposure, and it’s why we work tirelessly to do our part in locating and removing the hazardous material. Since then, we’ve written many articles that go into more detail on asbestos, how people get exposed, and the complications to health that occur from it. Below you will find our comprehensive collection of articles to read to learn about the health effects of asbestos exposure. [Read more…] about The Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure
When it comes to managing a commercial property, it’s important to understand the responsibility you have for the property and those on it, be it your employees for business owners or your tenants – either businesses or individuals – as a property owner and manager. One of these is to make sure your property is free of hazards to those who live, work, or move through it. When it comes to the presence of asbestos in commercial properties, you must be aware of it and take certain measures to deal with it in various circumstances. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Commercial Properties: Rights and Responsibilities
In the past, we’ve talked a lot about asbestos and how widespread its use was until (and even after) the health concerns due to exposure were documented. While asbestos had many properties that made it appealing for construction materials – the long hair-like silica fibers having insulating, sound dampening, and material strengthening properties – one of its prime uses was in fire resistant or fire-proofing construction. This blog is going to look at the situation that prompted the use of fireproofing materials and how asbestos came to be chosen. [Read more…] about Asbestos Fireproofing: Where and Why It’s in Our Homes
Acronyms are useful shorthand in the world of asbestos remediation and removal, but can be opaque to residents and businesses who experience issues with asbestos exposure for the first time. If you’re doing your own research or digging through the information about asbestos abatement contractors in your area, you might hit a wall of unusual acronyms, referring to materials, agencies, and acts you’re not familiar with. We’re here to help provide a little clarity in your quest to learn more about asbestos acronyms. [Read more…] about ASB, ACM & ACWM: Common Asbestos Acronyms
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
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?