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Why is Exposure to Asbestos a Health Hazard?

Why is Exposure to Asbestos a Health Hazard

You are probably familiar with asbestos, but do you know exactly what it is or what makes it so dangerous? Find out more about asbestos and learn how to protect yourself and your family from exposure. What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that can be manufactured into strong threads. When first discovered, asbestos was praised… Continue reading

What are the Dangers of Asbestos Removal?

Asbestos tape accross plastic containment area.

Asbestos was a common building material in the mid 20th century, often used in attic and wall insulation, vinyl floor tiles, roofing shingles, siding, textured paint, patching compounds, and other applications. However, asbestos fell out of favor when people discovered that it causes cancer. Undisturbed asbestos is relatively harmless, but inhaling airborne fibers can be harmful to your health. As… Continue reading

How Does Asbestos Cause Lung Cancer?

How Does Asbestos Cause Lung Cancer

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was once used widely in many building products, including attic and wall insulation, vinyl floor tiles, roofing shingles, siding, textured paint, patching compounds, and more. Asbestos particles can cause lung cancer if inhaled. If you live in an older home with the potential for asbestos-containing materials, don’t panic—left untouched, asbestos is relatively harmless. However,… Continue reading

What are Biohazards and Why is Professional Cleanup Needed?

What are Biohazards and Why is Professional Cleanup Needed

You may be accustomed to wiping up small spills and accidents around the house without a second thought. However, cleaning up biohazards could be dangerous to your health. Learn more about biohazards and the threats associated with them so you know when it’s best to call a professional. Most Common Household Biohazards To be considered a biohazard, a substance must… Continue reading

Protecting Your Property with Flood Barriers

A flood defense barrier in the doorway of a British house.

Floods are among the most destructive forces in nature, and they affect every state from coast to coast. Whether the result of torrential rainfall, broken dams, storm surges, or rivers bursting their banks, floodwaters can sweep through entire cities and relentlessly damage anything in their path. While many cities have flood control measures in place, you can take matters into… Continue reading

What Homeowners Can Do to Prepare for Wildfires

What Homeowners Can Do to Prepare for Wildfires

Wildfires are nature’s way of clearing out dead materials and making way for new growth. Unfortunately, wildfires are becoming increasingly common and expansive, threatening more and more homes every year. Consider the Boulder County, CO, fires at the end of 2021 that destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, killed two people, and caused more than $500 million in damages. As catastrophes… Continue reading

What’s the Difference Between Smoke and Fire Damage?

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You’re familiar with the phrase, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” This saying perfectly demonstrates how much more is involved with a fire than just the immediate urgency of the flames. Anyone who hasn’t experienced fire damage firsthand may assume that the destruction is limited to whatever the flames touch. However, anything in the vicinity, even on the other side of… Continue reading

Can Black Mold Grow on Carpet?

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One of the biggest headaches you might face as a homeowner is finding a mold outbreak somewhere in your house. Often appearing in the aftermath of a flood or plumbing leak, mold growth can occur where you least expect it, including the carpet. Where Does Mold Like to Grow? Mold has plenty of potential hiding places, especially after your home… Continue reading

Signs of Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Signs of Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It’s important to know what hardwood floor water damage looks like because wet flooring could be a sign of a much larger underlying issue, such as an undiscovered plumbing leak. Here’s what to look for when trying to spot signs of hardwood floor water damage. Moisture Stains Take a long, hard look at your wood floors. The color from one… Continue reading

Does Your Business Have an Updated Emergency Response Plan for 2022?

The Book of Emergency Response Team isolated on wooden table

Emergencies take many forms, from fires and floods to explosions and industrial spills. Each one has a way of interrupting and harming your business. Left unprepared, you could end up closing your doors for months or longer during the recovery process. Plus, about 25 percent of businesses don’t reopen after a disaster. For these reasons, it’s imperative to create an… Continue reading