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
We’ve talked in the last about lead paint – why it’s such a hazard in the home for children, dangerous during renovations, and why we’re Lead RRP licensed here at Fiber Control. But what is Lead RRP and why is the rule – the Leader RRP rule – so important for any home or business contractors, not just hazardous material remediation like ourselves? Let’s take a look at the EPA rule, why it was created in only the last 10 years, what you need to know about it when working on your home or commercial building. [Read more…] about What is the Lead RRP Rule and Why Is It Important?
Lead has harmful effects to the human body – just like many of the heavy metals. However, unlike arsenic or mercury, which are highly controlled and contain numerous warnings when used in products, lead is often hiding in plain sight. Lead paint was used widely in the United States until the late 1970s when the government banned its manufacture, but it remains as a dangerous legacy in many older homes. Children, who are most likely to be exposed to lead in a home, are also the most affected by it. Learn about the dangers and what you can do to protect them. [Read more…] about Why Lead Poisoning is So Hazardous to Children
After buying your first home, the dream of owning a home is replaced by the dream of renovating it. However, especially in older homes, there is always the risk that lying beneath the surface of your wall, floors, and ceilings are hazardous building materials. Today we’ll look at the big four: asbestos, lead, PCBs, and mercury, focusing on where you can commonly find them and what to do. [Read more…] about Finding Hazardous Building Materials While Renovating