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
Humans have used lead since we started to use metals. With a relatively low melting point for metals along with a high density, it’s been found in everything from stained glass in cathedrals to the pewter plates of kings. It was only in the late 1970s in the US when the health issues surrounding lead was finally recognized, and that lead was banned from toys, cookware, paints, pipes, and more. Today, we’ll be exploring the dangerous impact of lead poisoning, particularly from lead-based paints. [Read more…] about Lead Poisoning from Lead-Based Paints
When it comes to older homes prior to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 1977 ban on the use of lead paints in residential properties and public buildings, they may contain lead paint. While not inherently dangerous, if this lead paint flakes or is chipped off and consumed (or exposed during renovations) it can cause significant health issues, especially in developing children. But why iss there lead in paint in the first place? [Read more…] about Lead Remediation: Why Is There Lead in Paint?
Here at Fiber Control Inc, we’re known for fast and efficient asbestos remediation and removal. However, it isn’t everything we do. Some of our clients are curious why we also make an effort to detect and bring to their attention the presence of mold and lead at the same time. In this blog, we’ll describe the reasoning behind it, and why these three harmful substances can be so often found together. [Read more…] about Why We Test for Asbestos, Mold and Lead at the Same Time