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Five Places Asbestos is Hiding in Your Home

Are you thinking about doing a home remodel, or you might still be using an old appliance because it is operational? If so, you may be running the risk of being exposed to asbestos. While the use of asbestos in construction and products has been banned since the 1970s, it is still possible that it might be present in your residence or products that you use frequently. Here are five places or products where asbestos may be hiding in your home: 1) Hair Dryers Hair dryers ... Read more

History of Asbestos: Then and Now

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been linked to cancers such as mesothelioma. Although asbestos exposure is considered dangerous, it is not completely banned in the US and other countries because it is naturally occurring and does serve a valuable purpose thanks to its fire-resistance and durability. History of Asbestos Asbestos has been around for millions of years, but its name derives from the Greeks, which means “inextinguishable”. The Greeks recognized the ability of asbestos to resist fire, and the first use ... Read more

Lead Exposure and Its Irreversible Damage

  Past issues with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, have once again brought the dangers of lead exposure into the forefront. Lead poisoning has been an issue for thousands of years, but it was only in 1978 that the US ban lead in paint and other consumer goods, as its effects were becoming better understood. Symptoms of Lead Exposure One of the reasons lead is so dangerous is that low-level exposure does not create any obvious symptoms. This usually means that the exposure continues, which ... Read more

What Every Parent Should Know About Lead Poisoning

Thanks to growing news reports, particularly from Flint, Michigan, and the issues they are having with their water system, lead poisoning is a topic that is garnering more attention. Lead used to be a common ingredient in paint and gasoline until it was banned in the early 1970s. The effects of lead poisoning, especially on children, can be devastating. What is Lead Poisoning? Lead is similar to the many minerals that are absorbed and passed through the body, such as zinc, iron, and calcium. However, ... Read more

Top Five Sources of Asbestos in Your Home

If your home was built before 1980, there is a chance that it might contain asbestos. While residences are far less likely to have asbestos placed inside the structure compared to offices and facilities, many asbestos-based products, such as floor and ceiling tiles, siding, pipe cement, roof shingles, flashing, and insulation, may contain asbestos. When the items or products containing asbestos start to decay, it may release the asbestos into the atmosphere. If it is inhaled over several years, the asbestos may cause ... Read more

Elevated Lead Levels in Children

After the banishment of lead from paint and gasoline back in the early 1970s, the effort in the United States to test for lead contamination began to decline. This was because it was believed that paint and other sources of lead were no longer being manufactured and that the number of people and children becoming contaminated with lead would also decline. However, recent studies have steered many of the pediatric health care providers in the US to believe that not enough testing for lead ... Read more

Updated Mold Laws for 2018

The mold laws for 2018 have been updated by the latest rules and regulations to the industry, which mostly came from lawsuits. The litigation was centered on the effects of mold in terms of personal injury and property destruction, along with recent studies about how mold affects property and people. This means that there are new trends and issues that will shape this year and the foreseeable future in terms of the presence and removal of mold. Experts What is new for 2018 ... Read more

Top 5 Demolitions of 2017

Demolitions and related subjects, such as illegal dumping, was a big part of the news for 2017. It was quite a year in terms of the wide variety of news that is related to the demolition industry. Here are the top five stories about demolitions and related subjects that occurred in 2017. Drop Hammer In Finland, a bridge that was built in 1977 was demolished by a device known as a drop hammer. The hammer itself weighs nine tons in total and has ... Read more

The Dangers of DIY Renovations

It’s not surprising that renovations have become quite common in recent years, given the changes both in the home and in businesses trying to get the most out of their properties. However, there are plenty of dangers involved in the renovation process, so homeowners need to be careful when making changes to their residences. Here are some of the more common dangers that you may face when renovating your property. By taking the right precautions, you can minimize the chances for injury ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold is an organism that can be found almost anywhere on Earth. For the most part, mold is harmless, especially in dry conditions where it cannot spread and grow. However, when it enters a moist or humid atmosphere, one that is protected from the outside elements, it can grow and start to consume the organic materials inside. Left unchecked, the spores from the mold will spread out to the rest of the home or building, causing even more damage and affecting ... Read more
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