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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.

The Importance of Lead Exposure & Removal

While lead exposure rates in the US have dropped considerably since the mid-1970s, recent events demonstrate that residents are not totally removed from the issue. Since the 2016 lead contamination and water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it has been discovered that thousands of other communities in the US suffer from lead exposure rates even greater than those documented in Flint.

This new awareness of the presence of lead has caught some off-guard, considering that the substance was banned from products for decades. However, many older structures, such as homes and commercial buildings, still had lead in the paint, plumbing, and other areas.

History of Lead Usage

For many decades, lead was used across a wide range of industries. Its abundance, malleability, inherent strength, low melting point, and low corrosion levels made it perfect for pipes, paints, fuels, cosmetics, and more. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s that the abundance of data from studies that lasted for decades caused lead to be removed from manufactured products.

Although lead has been banned from paints, fuels, and plumbing, many older structures still contain products made from lead. In addition, lead is not easily detectable because it has no taste, unique color, or odor. This means that you may be exposed to lead without knowing of its presence. It takes accurate testing of the water, soil, dust particles, and more to determine if lead is present.

No Safe Levels

Lead has been known as a toxin for a long time. The presence of moderate amounts of lead in the system may have dire health implications that mostly concern brain activity. Lead exposure can cause emotional and behavioral issues along with affecting the intellectual development that stunts the growth of children.

Furthermore, recent studies have shown that the presence of lead may lead to premature death due to cardiovascular issues. As many as 412,000 deaths related to the circulatory system may be attributed to the presence of low levels of lead in the system. For children, the presence of lead is devastating as it stunts the growth of the body, brain, and metabolism.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your home, office, or facility has lead or the structure was built before the mid-1970s, please contact Brickley Environmental. We have the right tools to identify and remove sources of lead and other contaminants from the home, office, or facility.

New Bill Addresses Mold Removal in Public Buildings

In South Carolina, a bill was introduced into the State House, which if approved, will change the way mold removal is performed in the state. The bill seeks to employ greater oversight into how mold is removed in public buildings. A committee will be formed to examine the scope of the issue and how best to remove any mold that is in place.

The co-sponsors of the bill are responding to recent issues in the Cherokee County schools, Spartanburg County courthouse, and public housing in Greenville that have dealt with the presence of mold. The goal of the committee is to come up with an informed recommendation to the General Assembly about how mold removal in public buildings can be performed in the future.

How Mold Became an Issue

Mold is present virtually everywhere, but it presents little threat to public health or the state of buildings until it attaches itself to organic materials and begins to grow. In moist areas, mold can grow virtually anywhere. The people of South Carolina have faced the threat of mold in the past given their location and nature of climate. However, only recently has the threat of mold been dealt with in a serious manner in terms of their public buildings.

South Carolina’s warm and humid climate leads to the growth of mold. In large public buildings, especially those that are aging and may need repair, the threat of mold growth is a viable one. This may be in part because older structures have more cracks or holes that allow moisture to enter and mold to take hold. Left unchecked, mold becomes a serious issue for the health of buildings and people.

Once the mold attaches itself to the interior of a wall, it can grow rapidly and consume the organic materials, such as wood. This, in turn, weakens the structure. Another threat is the spores created by the mold, which affect the health of those who live or work inside.

Left unchecked, mold can severely damage residences and buildings. Some to the point where repairs become incredibly expensive and in rare cases, the structure must be torn down. Whether a building serves the public or is home to your family, it is important to address the presence of mold with the right team of experts.

Brickley Environmental is Here for You

If you suspect that your residence or building has mold, please call the experts at Brickley Environmental. The presence of mold may have a profound effect on the structure and those living or working inside. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to identify the presence of mold and remove it quickly from your home, office, or facility.

How to Identify Waste and Determine if It Is Hazardous

When it comes to waste, how you dispose of it will depend heavily on whether or not it is hazardous. In order to make it easy to identify hazardous waste, here is a guide which should simplify the process.

Is the waste solid? Keep in mind that solid waste does not necessarily mean that the waste is in a solid state, chemically speaking. Gas, liquids, and solids can all be classified as solid waste. In short, solid waste means anything that is completely waste, which can no longer be used for its original purpose—in short, solid is waste is anything that is “entirely” or “solidly” waste. All hazardous waste is solid waste.

Is the waste exempt from hazardous waste regulations? There are some solid wastes, such as those from households and oils that can be recycled, that are not hazardous waste.

Is the waste hazardous in either a chemical or physical way? If the waste is not one of the “exempted” substances, is it dangerous? There are basically seven different ways to tell whether or not something is hazardous.

  1. F-listed – waste from “non-specific sources.”
  2. K-listed – waste from “specific sources,” and example being run off from iron and steel manufacturing
  3. P- and U-listed – chemicals that have not been used or have been thrown out, including containers that may have a residue or anything used to clean up a spill.
  4. Will it burn? If the flash point of a liquid is less than 140 degrees F, it is considered hazardous.
  5. Will it corrode? If the pH of a substance dissolved or suspended in water is less than 2 or more than 12.5 and can corrode steel, it is hazardous.
  6. Will it react? The production of fumes, instability, explosions, gas production, either when pressure or heat are applied or when wet, the substance is reactive and is hazardous.
  7. Is it toxic? Waste has to be analyzed by a laboratory in order to be deemed toxic, where it will be compared with known toxic substances. If it does match any toxicity standards, it will be deemed hazardous. Pesticides, water treatment substances, and organic manufacturing run-off are the most common kinds of toxic hazardous waste.

In order to determine whether or not the substance really is hazardous, a sample must be taken and testing performed. Most of the time, testing is necessary when a new manufacturing process is introduced, when there has not been proper disposal of waste in the past, when waste has been incorrectly identified in the past, and under certain EPA rules.

About Brickley Environmental

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