Asbestos, Lead, & Mold FAQs
What is asbestos and where has it been used?
There are six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that are regulated as asbestos: chrysotile isotile, tremolite, crocidolite (riebeckite), anthophyllite, amosite (grunerite), and actinolite. Manufacturers desired asbestos in the past due to its strength and resistance to extreme heat and most chemical reactions and breakdowns.
Is asbestos exposure dangerous?
Yes, asbestos exposure is toxic and has been linked to various lung and respiratory health conditions including asbestosis – an inflammatory lung condition that leads to shortness of breath and the scarring of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Exposure to asbestos also has the potential to increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma (a cancer of the chest and abdominal linings, and asbestosis, irreversible lung scarring that can be fatal).
What is asbestos abatement?
Asbestos abatement is the legally compliant, safe removal and disposal of asbestos from residential and commercial properties.
What is lead and where can it be found?
Lead is a naturally occurring chemical element that is found in small amounts throughout the earth’s crust. It is a soft and highly malleable metal that (while found in small amounts) is abundant throughout the earth and simple to extract – making it an ideal choice to be used in consumer products in the past such as paint, ceramics, pipes, solders, gasoline, batteries, cosmetics, and more.
Is lead exposure dangerous?
Yes, lead exposure can lead to lead poisoning and is toxic to both humans and animals if inhaled or ingested.
Who is at the highest risk for lead exposure?
Pregnant women and children 6-years-old and younger are the most susceptible to the adverse health effects of lead exposure, which include: learning and behavioral issues, stunted growth, anemia, irritability, abdominal pain, premature birth, seizures, and even death. Many adults with occupational hazards are also at risk for lead exposure.
What are the most common sources of lead exposure today?
The most common source of lead exposure in the United States today is lead-based paint in older homes and structures that were built prior to 1978 – specifically between the 40s and 60s. Other common sources of lead exposure include contaminated soil, household dust, drinking water that runs through lead pipes, lead crystal, and lead-glazed pottery.
What is lead abatement?
Lead abatement is the legally compliant, safe removal and disposal of lead-based hazards from residential and commercial properties.
What is mold remediation?
Mold remediation is the safe removal and disposal of mold from residential and commercial properties. It is never wise to tackle a mold removal need without professional help. Without proper training, it can be difficult to identify the source of moisture and eliminate the presence of mold without suffering the adverse health effects.
What is mold and where is it found?
Mold is a fungus that can only thrive indoors when there is a moisture problem, resulting in the growth and rapid accumulation of mold in dark, wet, humid areas – such as bathrooms, under sinks, in areas where water has spilled or flooded, and in areas of high humidity or condensation.
Is mold exposure dangerous?
Yes. Mold exposure is a toxic irritant and can pose a threat to human health and safety – especially for those with weak immune systems, chronic lung illnesses, or allergies. Like lead, mold exposure is particularly dangerous for children and young infants.