Throughout history, humans have had a pattern of using materials that were prized for their abundance and utility, only to discover that they may in fact be doing more harm than good. The Romans used lead pipes, the British burned coal in their fireplaces, and before 1970, most North Americans insulated and fire-proofed their homes with asbestos. Today, the use of asbestos is banned because of its links to lung disease, including lung cancer.
You may have heard horror stories about families who had to flee their homes due to a “toxic black mold” outbreak in their home, but these are largely the work of sensationalist headlines. However, this does not mean that a house or even a room that contains black mold is not harmful. Many species of black mold (there are thousands!) are responsible for respiratory ailments and even pneumonia. How does something that seems so harmless affect us in so many harmful ways? Let’s explore how black mold thrives and functions, what you can do to prevent its growth, and most importantly, what to do if you do end up discovering a black mold growth in your home.
With so much information around, and so many “talking-heads”, it’s important for the average consumer to understand how mold and mold spores affect indoor air quality. For those who are health conscious, indoor air quality is always important, but for those exposed to mold inside the home, the situation may be more critical. Hence, there’s a need to better understand mold, and more importantly, how to get it cleaned it up and keep it out forever.
When it comes to home improvement projects, there are some projects that should be considered completely off limits. One of these is asbestos removal. Even for the DIY enthusiast who thinks he knows his stuff, there comes a time to rely on a professional who has experience and expertise in the field. Undoubtedly, asbestos removal is one of those fields. And for those who are working outside their skill level, asbestos removal poses all kinds of risks and potential for danger.
New home or old, a basement doesn’t’ have to be dark and dingy to provide a breeding ground for mold. When mold appears, chances are it’s either starting to spread or has already spread. That’s why mold removal is so important, and why doing it properly is even more important. The last thing that a homeowner wants is residual mold that is growing and spreading after an unprofessional attempt at mold removal.
Probably one of the worst side effects of water damage is an infiltration of mold. Mold can start growing within 24 hours of water damage, and potentially create havoc – both on the structure of the home and on the health of occupants. And when mold is not properly remediated, even the best repairs can’t undo an imbedded infiltration. While there’s a lot that a homeowner can do right after water damage, the help of a professional restoration contractor is highly advised.
The issue of mold and mold infiltration seems to pop up regularly in the media. But for a home or business with a mold issue, the situation can be dire, and the cleanup process stressful. The truth is, mold can strike in a new build just as quickly as it can in an old, damp basement. But whatever the case, mold removal must be expedited the proper way, the first time. The most important thing is to manage mold removal quickly, and remediate the after-effects properly.
Water can cause damage. And water damage can be minor, major, or catastrophic. It can ruin your home’s structure; your furniture and electronics; and worse, your personal property. They key is to act quickly and to minimize damage - and that all depends on the volume of water and the time that the water has been sitting around. What’s most important to realize is that any water damage is serious – it demands a comprehensive and appropriate cleanup.
In case of a flood, immediacy is key – so while it’s important to know what to do in case of a flood, it’s just as important to do it quickly (within the first 24 hours). Immediacy is critical because it will prevent additional damage from occurring. In addition, the better the initial cleanup, the better the flood restoration process. And regardless of the severity of the flood, there will be water damage restoration required – it’s only a question of how much.
By any reasonable measure, asbestos is dangerous, hazardous, and deadly. Prior to 1990, it was used primarily for insulating homes and buildings, while providing fireproof benefits. Asbestos was widely used in many industries, and throughout construction and commercial sectors. And the applications were boundless - furnace equipment and heating systems; home siding and insulation; ceiling and flooring tiles; even auto parts and components.