At 1st Call Disaster Services, we have come to recognize there are occasionally hazards that exist in our homes and businesses that tend to be overlooked, ignored, or neglected. Most are unaware of or are uncertain, as to how much these substances can negatively affect the health and well-being of a building’s occupants. While in many cases these “silent hazards” have been effectively dealt with, many have not. Your health or the health of your children and loved ones may be at elevated and unnecessary risk!
Lead and asbestos are two construction materials used commonly in building construction before 1978. If you live in an older home or occupy an older building for a business and you are planning any renovations or repairs, you should know about the presence of lead and asbestos. 1st Call Disaster Services professionals are specially trained and certified in the removal of lead- and asbestos-containing materials.
Because of its abundance, low cost, and physical properties, lead and lead compounds were used widely in various products including paint, ceramics, solders, pipes, and gasoline, among others. Though the current usage of lead in many of these products is banned, lead exposure and poisoning continue to affect us today as these products breakdown in our environment. Your home or business may very likely contain lead-based paint if built before 1978. Loose paint chips, lead-painted surfaces, dust from deteriorating paint, and even soil around the house can be harmful if not properly removed. Children are most at risk for lead exposure and poisoning because they explore the world by putting things in their mouths.
Unlike lead, the presence of asbestos in your home or business is not generally hazardous if it remains in good condition. Asbestos was historically added to products to strengthen them and to provide heat and fire resistance. In older homes and business locations, 1st Call Disaster Services will find asbestos in old insulation, vinyl flooring and adhesive, cement board, joint compounds, textured paints, cement roofing, shingles, and siding. The list goes on. If damaged by water, fire, or any other form of destruction, asbestos fibers could release into the air, making the air hazardous to your health. We refer to this occurrence as becoming “friable.” Once asbestos-containing materials enter this condition, they can pose a dire threat to one’s health. Proper handling of asbestos-containing materials is essential to ensure the health and safety of you and your loved ones.
Please don’t attempt to remedy these hazardous materials on your own. Call 1st Call Disaster Services today. We assure you we'll perform every aspect of remediation according to industry standards and best practices.