Winter is a time full of holidays, festive decorations, and organizing clutter within your home. Yet, all these seemingly innocent wintertime activities can actually increase your risk of asbestos exposure. Not all asbestos originates from remodeling, renovations, or constructions; the simple act of decorating your home for the holidays can have unforeseen consequences. Understanding how winter can increase asbestos exposure can help you be vigilant and avoid adverse health complications in the future. [Read more…] about How Winter Can Increase Asbestos Exposure
With spring officially underway, many of us are finally getting around to our cleaning and home remodeling projects. For most, spring cleaning entails home maintenance, including cleaning out the attic and performing long-overdue home renovations and repairs. However, before you dive headfirst into these exhaustive tasks, make sure you are avoiding the threat of asbestos when performing your spring cleaning.
Spray-on insulation and fireproofing has always been the quickest and most convenient way of quickly applying these features to a building. Typically found in unfinished interiors in homes or commercial buildings such as warehouses, this spray-on might be exposed to the elements or hidden behind walls, ceilings, or floors. In buildings made before the 1990s, there is a chance that this product was spray-on asbestos – potentially being a health hazard in these old homes or buildings. [Read more…] about Spray-on Asbestos: Insulation and Fireproofing in Old Homes and Buildings
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?
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
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