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What You Need to Know About Mold

This article is the first in our new "Need to Know" series. Stay tuned for more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation throughout the coming months!  Of all the threats to your home or office, mold is one of the most underestimated organisms on the planet. Every year, mold causes millions of dollars in damage to residences and buildings, affecting both the building’s structure and the health of those living or working inside. Left unchecked, mold can spread quickly through any ... Read more

Natural Asbestos in California

Most people know asbestos as a dangerous substance which causes mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer in the lungs with a low survival rate. However, many people may not realize that asbestos can occur in the natural world as well. Until the 1970s, asbestos was commonly used in offices, buildings, and facilities along with some homes. It was wrapped around pipes or used in firewalls because it is essentially fireproof. Many facilities had blankets made from asbestos to put out fires. Only ... Read more

What Every Parent Should Know About Mold

Mold presents a danger to everyone in your household, but it is especially dangerous for children, whose lungs are not fully developed. Most children exposed to mold will have allergic reactions that will clear up once the spores are removed. It is important to understand why the presence of mold represents a unique danger to babies, toddlers, and young children to a greater degree compared to adults. What is Mold? Mold is a fungus that comes in many different varieties. It thrives in ... Read more

Demolition 101

Most people are familiar with the spectacular destruction of buildings using explosives. However, the truth is that most demolition projects are performed step-by-step using cranes, loaders, wrecking balls, and hydraulic equipment. While explosives may be used from time to time, in most cases demolitions are performed with equipment designed to tear down buildings and structures. The process itself starts with clearing the site of all removable objects (dismantlement), proper site clearance, and remediation of the environment. This means that anything which can ... Read more

Recent Lead Poisoning in California

Despite a nationwide effort to remove lead contamination from buildings and residences, children in the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles are still being diagnosed with lead poisoning. With the focus of lead removal efforts being in the Rust Belt and along the East Coast, it seems that California was overlooked. Lead used to be commonly found in paints, gasoline, and plumbing. It took several studies to confirm that lead poisoning in children caused a considerable and irreversible impact on their health, ... Read more

New Lead-Acid Battery Fees in California

The dangers of lead have been known for decades and both state and federal government entities have taken substantial steps to eliminate lead from a wide variety of products, including gasoline and paint. However, lead is still present in some products, most notably car or vehicle batteries. This has prompted the State of California to charge a fee to both retailers and produces of lead batteries to curb their use. Fees for Purchase or Sale of Lead-Acid Batteries Those who purchase or sell ... Read more

The Dangers of Asbestos

What is asbestos and why is it dangerous? Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals, which detach extremely durable and resistant microscopic fibers. Although this exact feature used to be in high demand for a number of commercial and industrial uses, the negative health effects of the material were eventually discovered. Today, asbestos is known to be a human carcinogen. The durability that once made it so popular and sought after is now known to be dangerous to humans. ... Read more

The Dangers of Polychlorinated Biphenyls

You may have heard about polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), but not fully understand what they are or the danger that they may present to you and your family. While PCBs have not been in active use since the end of the 1970s, they are still present in many homes and environments where they can become a health threat. What are PCBs? PCBs are man-made chemicals that were used in different applications ranging from inks, paints, flame-retardants, adhesives, surface coatings, and more. They are most ... Read more

Interior Strip-Outs: What to Know

The destruction and removal of a building requires many steps. One of the most important is called the strip-out, a process that is vital towards ensuring that the building is ready for the final demolition process. What is an Interior Strip Out? This is when all the internal materials of the building, save for the supporting structure, is removed. All the parts that can be removed without compromising the structural integrity of the building are taken out so that the final process of ... Read more

Mold Litigation Updates in 2017

Business owners must get proper legal representation and do what is necessary to rid their buildings, facilities, and warehouses of mold before the threat of litigation is made. The same is true for homeowners where mold infestation can have dire financial consequences in terms of property damage and litigation by affected parties. Recent Court Cases About Mold Exposure For the most part, exposure to mold spores results in allergic reactions, skin irritations, and other minor issues. In rare cases, individuals have suffered from ... Read more
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