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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

Know the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Lead has been an important metal used for thousands of years in many different products. However, it was not until the 20th century that the threat of lead poisoning was fully understood. By the 1970s, lead was banned from most products, especially paints, and many considered the issue to have been successfully addressed. However, recent discoveries in states like California have shown lead remains in the water supply and still poses a threat. Even today, it is still important to be able ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Asbestosis

Even though the dangers of asbestos are well-known, as exposure to asbestos becomes less frequent the symptoms may be misdiagnosed more often. It is possible that some people who might be successfully treated instead suffer and become worse. That’s why it is important to understand the symptoms associated with asbestos exposure, which can cause certain forms of cancer and asbestosis. What is Asbestosis? This is a version of pulmonary fibrosis where the lungs are scarred by the presence of asbestos over a long ... Read more

Increased Threat of Mold After Hurricanes

Recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have done extensive damage to both Houston and Puerto Rico respectively. But the impact is not just in physical damages. In the wake of flooded homes and damaged properties lies the growing threat of mold which may cause respiratory issues for the many thousands returning to their homes. What is Mold? Mold is a living organism that is present virtually everywhere on land. You can find mold and its spores in outdoor and indoor environments, but for the ... Read more

What to Do With Electronic Waste in Your Home

Of the many different types of waste that people have in their homes, one of the most overlooked is electronic devices. From chargers to old cellphones to other electronic gear, these types of devices carry both valuable metals and hazardous waste that needs proper recycling and disposal. The average household has more than 24 electronic devices of some type, and around the holiday season some of these devices get upgraded and replaced. At some point or another, every homeowner will need ... Read more

Two Unusual Sources of Asbestos

Most people associate asbestos with its use in buildings as heat and fireproofing measures from decades ago. Indeed, asbestos was commonly used as fireproofing material which wrapped water pipes and was placed in walls to prevent the spread of fire from one room to another. However, as the asbestos wrapping aged, it released the substance now know to lead to mesothelioma when inhaled. Asbestos was banned or severely limited for use in the late 1970s and since then there has been large-scale programs ... Read more

Hazardous Waste in the Workplace

One of the more serious conditions that business owners face is the presence of hazardous waste in the workplace. If hazardous waste is present, employers must have it removed in a prompt, safe manner which limits exposure to employees. Most businesses have a system in place that processes the removal of hazardous waste. However, there may be circumstances in which some waste is unaccounted for or is present but not readily detected. Discovery of Hazardous Waste A business can find itself with hazardous ... Read more
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