Despite the ban of lead paint occurring in 1978, this hazardous material still exists in homes several decades later. What’s even more devastating about the toxic substance is that it’s oftentimes indistinguishable from normal paint. Now that we’re well aware of the health risks of lead paint, it’s justifiable to want to remove all traces of it in your house. To discover if you have lead paint in your home, though, it’s best to start at some of the common areas in your home that could be hiding lead. [Read more…] about 3 Areas in Your Home That Could be Hiding Lead
The United States military is the occupation with the highest number of mesothelioma patients. One-third to one-half of all mesothelioma patients are veterans. Of course, members of the military are exposed to far more environments than your typical American, but it’s primarily due to the asbestos in military family housing that this disease continues to affect our service members. Given what we now know about asbestos, why is asbestos still prevalent in U.S. military housing? [Read more…] about Why is Asbestos Rampant in U.S. Military Housing?
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
Building remodels are all about intentional damage focused room-by-room or the whole building. From saws to sledgehammers to backhoe demolition, everything from putting in a new kitchen to demolishing an old factory unearths the hidden secrets of the property. One of the biggest risks is exposing contracts as well as those who live in and around the property to hazardous materials during the project, as many of the above tools can easily disturb and cause hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold to become airborne. [Read more…] about Hazardous Materials in Property Remodeling and Demolition
Lead, just like many of the heavy metals, is hazardous to the human body. But until other hazardous substances were controlled at the federal and state level, lead’s use – specifically in paint as a coloration and material enhancing aid – was only regulated after 1978. As the years progressed and the harmful effects have been better documented, it’s become more than just critical to protect children from lead poisoning, but also the law to have child-care facilities like daycare centers and school inspected for lead paint. As such, it’s vital to get your building inspected if there are children present. [Read more…] about The Importance of Checking for Lead in Schools & Childcare Facilities
From repainting a wall to renovating a room, it’s important to understand the dangers of lead paint in older houses. This is a risk not just posed to you, but any contractors hired for the work. For the safety of your family and these employees, it’s important to talk to them about their RRP Certification and to get your home tested and lead paint removed if it poses a danger. This article will go over what the risks of lead paint is, why RRP Certification exists, and what to talk to your contractors about. [Read more…] about The Importance of RRP Certification for Contractors