Protect Your Family from Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos is not easy to identify to the untrained eye. Unless it is labeled, it will normally take a trained specialist to identify whether the substance is asbestos. If you believe there has been exposure, it is advisable to call for an inspection of your home to be completely sure. 

A trained and accredited asbestos professional has the knowledge and tools to identify whether a substance is asbestos or not. If your home was built before 1978, it is possible that asbestos is present. Therefore, if you are planning on remodeling your old home or have noticed drywall or insulation that is falling apart, you should consider getting your home inspected for the presence of asbestos. 

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Over time, exposure to asbestos fibers in the air may cause the development of asbestos-related diseases. The most notable is mesothelioma, a vicious form of cancer that can only be caused by asbestos exposure. 

Asbestosis and lung cancer are two other potential diseases that are caused by asbestos exposure. However, it should be noted that asbestos can also be ingested which may cause issues in the throat, stomach, and even the colon. 

However, such exposure can only occur if the asbestos is compromised. Asbestos that is still tightly wrapped and in good condition poses no risk to anyone living inside the home. Only when this material is exposed to the open air should you be concerned about exposure.

What to Do

A home inspection is a good idea whether you intend on selling, remodeling, or not. Knowing what is in your home will help you make the best-informed decision. 

If you suspect that an area may contain asbestos, the best policy is to leave it alone. If such areas can be sealed off, then do so. Do not dust, sweep, or vacuum such areas as that can potentially increase the asbestos fibers and make them airborne. 

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If your home was built before 1978, it is possible that asbestos is present. While the chances of asbestos being in the home are much lower compared to a facility, you should call the experts at Brickley Environmental for further guidance. 

Brickley Environmental has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to properly identify and remove asbestos from your home. If you suspect asbestos is present give us a call today. 

For more info on asbestos, visit the EPA website here.

 

Asbestos: Past, Present, and Future

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Asbestos is a natural substance. It is a mineral that consists of thin fibers that form when it crystalizes. These long fibers provide it with its ability to resist fire, but they also make it a danger to human health.

Although most people associate it with fireproofing buildings, this mineral has been used for thousands of years. 

History

Because the fibers are flexible, ancient societies that mined and used the substance considered it a fiber similar to wood and other linens. It’s fireproof qualities soon became evident as discovered on the island of Cyprus where asbestos was abundant. 

By the early Medieval era which included prominent figures such as Marco Polo, asbestos was commonly used as fireproofing material. Although it was still used for making clothing with those wearing the items unaware of the danger it presented to their health. 

Today

By the mid-20th century, it was used for many different items which included shoes, filters for cigarettes, wicks, and even artificial snow. There was an abundance of it and it could be used for many different purposes.

People began to realize the negative effects on the lungs around the late 1960’s. A condition first called “mountain linen lung” was coined for those who suffered this condition. This later became known as mesothelioma. 

Future

It is still being used today in certain limited forms. However, it was banned in the 1970’s. You may find small amounts of asbestos used in electrical devices or appliances which are sealed to limit exposure. There are still countries that use asbestos commonly, such as China, Brazil, and India, although its dangers are now being addressed. 

However, the widespread use of asbestos for homes and commercial structures means that there is still plenty of material present when it was installed legally before the late 1970s. If you suspect that your home or building has it present, then you should give Brickley Environmental a call for more information. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

The experts at Brickley Environmental have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to safely remove asbestos from residences, offices, and facilities. Their experts can answer your questions about the possible presence of asbestos, explain the services provided, and even send out a representative upon your request to discover if asbestos is present. 

Brickley Environmental will offer a free quote for removal services. All will be removed in a safe manner that complies with local, state, and federal laws. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, office, or facility, call Brickley Environmental for more information today. 

For more information on asbestos, please visit OSHA.

For more about how Brickley Environmental handles asbestos, visit this page.

Stay Safe When Renovating During COVID-19

Whether you started a renovation project before COVID-19 and social distancing went into effect or you urgently need a plumber today, you may need to bring contractors into your home at some point. If you decide to move forward with a renovation or repair, you’ll want to be extra careful for the safety of both you and your contractors.

Have Online / Virtual Meetings When Possible

Many homeowners halted renovations when the pandemic hit. However, consultations, walk-throughs, and initial meetings are happening online. Talk to your contractors and ask if they’ve been using any virtual workarounds for providing estimates, quotes, and design work. A video call could help avoid at least one unnecessary trip inside the house.

Communicate with Your Contractors

Before you move forward, ask your contractors what precautions they’re taking in light of the pandemic.

Try asking the following questions:

●How do you plan to keep my family safe while you’re working here?

●Does your company have a written policy or procedure for performing work at private residences during the pandemic?

●Who will enforce those policies?

Your contractors may also want some assurance from you to make sure they’re entering a safe work environment. Be prepared to talk about your own protocol for cleanliness. Both you and your contractors should be following CDC guidelines. That includes wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently. Regularly disinfect high-contact surfaces like countertops and doorknobs and make hand sanitizer available at entry points to the house. And remember: You wouldn’t want a sick worker coming into your home, so don’t let a contractor work in your home if you or someone else in the house is sick.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your home may be contaminated with COVID-19, contact the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge and experience to identify and remove the virus that may be present. Over the years, we have worked with home and business owners just like you to ensure that their properties are safe from contamination. Call our offices today and we will listen to your concerns, explain our services, and inspect your property at your convenience. At Brickley Environmental, we understand the dangers of COVID-19 contamination and what it can do to the health of those living or working on the property.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit CDC.gov

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Protect Your Family From Exposure to Lead

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Lead contamination has been in the news recently, most notably in cities where the water supply have been tainted by the presence of lead. However, one of the most common sources of lead contamination originates from lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978. The dust from that lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning which affects families around the world.

Any lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978 may be under several layers of newer, non-lead paints. As long as the newer paint is still intact, then the lead is most likely under control. However, it is when the newer paint ages and deteriorates that lead contamination becomes a problem. This is particularly true around windows, door frames, and stairs as children may lick or chew on these areas.

Other sources of lead include pipes and plumbing materials which were commonly made from lead until 1986. In addition, lead dust that is tracked into the home from the outside, usually from exterior lead paints, industrial pollution, and even old gasoline that contained lead.

How to Protect from Lead Exposure

To keep you and your family safe from lead exposure, you should take the following steps:

Remove Your Shoes & Wash Your Hands. You can minimize the tracking of lead dust from outside your home by removing your shoes as you enter the home. This means that whatever lead dust is on your shoes stays near the door and is not tracked inside. Plus, washing your hands will remove any particles that might be present. It’s also good hygiene that can lower the risk of catching a cold, flu, or virus.

Plant Bushes Around the Home.  This keeps kids from playing next to the home where old lead paint may be present. This minimizes the possibility of lead dust coming into contact with children when playing outdoors.

Maintain the Condition of Your Property. If you add new layers of paint when needed, inspect the water supply coming into your home, and keep aware of any news reports of possible lead contamination, you can minimize the danger.

Have Your Home and Property Inspected. If your home was built before 1978 and you do not know what paints were used at that time, then you should have it inspected for the presence of lead. This means contacting a professional company that has a stellar reputation and experience in identifying and removing lead from the home.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your home may be contaminated with lead, contact the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge and experience to identify and remove lead contamination that may be present. Over the years, we have worked with home and business owners just like you to ensure that their properties are safe from lead contamination.

Call our offices today and we will listen to your concerns, explain our services, and inspect your property at your convenience. At Brickley Environmental, we understand the dangers of lead contamination and what it can do to the health of those living or working on the property.

Financial Constraints & The Removal of Asbestos in Rwanda

Over the past decade, the work to remove asbestos from the roofing materials of both private and public buildings has reached 56 percent completion in Rwanda. While impressive, the reason why the work is not being completed faster is because of the budget restraints faced by authorities. Funding shortfalls have slowed down the work to remove the roofing materials that have been infused with asbestos.

Why Asbestos?

Considering the 125 million people exposed to asbestos and roughly 107,000 people who die each year around the world from asbestos-related diseases, it may seem strange that this material was used for rooftops.

However, asbestos offers many advantages, such as its fireproof nature, which helps prevent fires from starting on the roof itself. As well, asbestos is excellent at thermal control, which means to replace it will require structural walls to be raised to maintain the same temperature levels.

Why Budget Shortfalls are Occurring

There are a few reasons why budget shortfalls are occurring, but for the most part, it is the combination of lower budgets and the expense of removing the asbestos. The resistance by homeowners who have this type of roofing material has gone down, thanks in large to education programs designed to inform the public of the long-term dangers of asbestos.

In terms of public buildings, the removal process is proceeding at a steady pace. It is believed that by the end of 2021, all asbestos materials will be removed from government buildings and facilities, assuming that the budget holds. For private home and property owners, the clearing out of asbestos may take longer because they have to cover the bill.

The cost to a private homeowner is considerable since the asbestos roofing material not only has to be removed, but new material has to be put into place, such as iron sheets. Adding in the labor, painting, and other needs, it can be an expensive proposition.

Additionally, there is the cost of disposing of the asbestos. Currently, Rwanda has 14 disposal sites for asbestos across the country. This means that a trip to the disposal site may be considerable depending on the distance involved.

For individuals having difficulty coming up with the funds necessary to replace the asbestos on their own, the Catholic Church has offered some monetary assistance. While relatively small, it has managed to lower the cost of removal for the homeowners.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your home, business, or facility may have asbestos, call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We offer our years of experience, dedicated staff of professionals, and the proper tools and equipment to identify and properly remove asbestos from all types of structures.