Serving CT & Westchester County, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford
Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Michael Sorrentino
Building practices have come a long way in a few short decades. Where we once used hazardous materials carelessly in building materials and in construction, we’ve learned the error of our ways and found healthy alternatives. Unfortunately, many homes that were built before 1978 still have some of these potentially harmful materials, such as lead and asbestos, present in paint, insulation paneling, and even certain flooring tile types.
Lead paint, paint chips, and even lead paint dust can cause significant damage to the body. The nervous system is one of the areas easily damaged by lead intake, along with the kidneys. Infants and small children are at significantly higher risk, since the chances of them ingesting lead paint chips or dust is much higher than in adults. Regardless of who faces grater danger, lead is a material that should not be left in any home.
Asbestos manufacturing was banned the same year as lead paint, however the regulations allowed contractors to use up any remaining stock. This means that homes built as late as 1986 may contain asbestos, and since it was used in so many different building materials, you could be at risk and completely unaware! Asbestos usually finds its way into a person’s system through inhaling microscopic airborne fibers, leading to dire health consequences like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and increased risk of lung, gastrointestinal, and colorectal cancers.
Dealing with these dangerous substances requires skilled professionals with special tools. At CPM Environmental LLC, we use specially designed “negative air” machines to capture airborne dust and fibers. If encapsulation is not possible, we will use approved sealants and barriers to fully encapsulate the material. With proper encapsulation, we can eliminate any chance of hazardous contact with the material.
We also provide expert biohazard removal services, ranging from minor mold issues to full blown crime scenes. We always treat each situation with respect and tact, safely removing any kinds of biohazardous contaminants in accordance with state health and OSHA regulations.
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