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10/04/2013
Asbestos is a highly regulated substance that is dangerous to human health and should only be handled or removed by professionals. But what exactly is asbestos? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber known for its fire- and heat-resistant properties. Asbestos was incorporated into thousands of building materials in the years before 1984, including "popcorn" and acoustic tile ceilings, furnace and duct insulation, drywall taping...
09/10/2013
Mold is not a popular topic among home or business owners. Just the word can make property owners cringe; it is well known that mold can damage or even destroy structures — and can also cause health problems for building occupants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), molds can be found almost anywhere as long as moisture and oxygen are present to support their growth. Molds can proliferate on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and even insulation. Excessive moisture in bu...
06/05/2013
Many people are concerned about outdoor air pollution, but has it occurred to you that your indoor environment should also be clean and contaminant-free? Allergens and chemicals can be as prevalent indoors as they are outdoors, and once they enter your home they remain for a long time, trapped by windows and walls, and settling on the surfaces of furniture and floors. Do a quick check to gauge where your home stands now in terms of some common indoor contaminants. Take the following Indoor Air Q...
05/30/2013
Many Americans enjoy the fresh air that wafts in through open windows during summer and fall. But as the weather cools, both home and business owners in many regions are shutting their windows in preparation for a cold winter. This step makes sense; you don’t want to lose the heat that you’ll soon be paying for through open windows or other drafty areas. But closing windows also invites dust, allergens, and other contaminants to settle indoors without escape. So it’s a good ide...
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