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
As a landlord, you’ve got many relationships with your tenants. Some are financial in terms of rent and insurance. Some are obligations, such as maintenance and repair. And some are legal. Part of your legal requirements (in almost every state, including those in New England) is to provide “livable rentals” for your tenants. If you discover or believe there may be asbestos present in your apartments, you need to take measures to protect your tenants, workers, and yourself. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Apartments: Presence and Liability
The process of selling (or buying) a home is a long and potentially nerve-wracking process. Not only is there the inevitable packing and cleaning, but the process of vetting and potentially remedying defects of a home can draw out the sale and put sellers in hot water if they fail to disclose. It’s important for sellers to understand what requirements they have to identify and disclose hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold when selling a home, as well as what to expect from potential buyers. [Read more…] about Selling a Home with Hazardous Materials
For years the unregulated manufacturing and use of asbestos products exposed thousands of workers and contractors to asbestos. However, they weren’t the only ones affected. Due to the nature of asbestos and how asbestos exposure occurs, these employees could bring back asbestos from facilities or worksites. Let’s look at asbestos secondary exposure from situations such as these and others, including asbestos cross-contamination. [Read more…] about Understanding Asbestos Secondary Exposure
You may have heard of building damage or destruction releasing asbestos into the air. A commonly cited incident was the asbestos in the twin World Trade Centers that became a fine powder upon their fire and collapse. However, other events are more recent, such as a fire in a Toronto high school that released previously discovered asbestos into the air. In this article, we’re going to look at the situations that cause asbestos to be considered safe to leave in place and the risks they run. [Read more…] about Is the Asbestos in My Building Safe?