In 2006, 2.3 million tons of asbestos were mined worldwide.  Asbestos is still being used for the manufacture of products and materials which are then shipped into the United States. Just a few typical products that asbestos can be found in include: Vinyl floor tile, sheet flooring, and adhesives Drywall and joint compound Roofing tars, […]


Just a short, but true story: The early 20th century house sat just off the sidewalk of a side street of the little Pennsylvania town. The missing steps and deserted tools evidenced the porch under construction. There were no curtains in the front window, and a 2×4 could be seen leaning over the inside of […]

Creating a Safe and Healthy Workplan

Indoor air quality is protected through a well-thought-out work plan that implements safe work practices throughout. The odors associated with off-gassing are one of the major indoor air quality complaints after the completion of a renovation project. Through careful material selection, minimizing the use of materials that are off-gas, and a work plan that encompasses […]

Understand flooring options for Safe and Healthy Renovations

Understanding what flooring options are easy to maintain and are cost-effective are two important factors in making your decision on what floor you want but another factor most people overlook when making that is what flooring options could affect my health. Let’s start with carpet, carpet offers acoustical and comfort benefits. However, from an indoor […]

Home Improvements to Damp and Wet Environments

Improvements to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and areas that tend to experience moments of dampness should include designs to assist in keeping the areas dry and contaminant-free. Both during and after renovations, odors should never be ignored. Odors are indicators of the existence of a contaminant or the growth of mold. While renovations are […]

Is it time for a new roof? Here’s what you need to know!

Asbestos-containing roofing material… What is it? Asbestos-containing roofing material, or ACRM, is any shingle, roof underlayment, caulks/sealants, flashing, or tar paper that would be over contain over 1% asbestos. It is important to be aware of what is this for the simple reason of contamination of items in your around your home. To paint a […]

Do You Know The Most Dangerous Material In Your Pre-1980 Home?

Do you know what it is? And more importantly, do you know if you’re at risk? Let’s say you’re deciding whether or not to go with a new look with your kitchen or bathroom this summer before the holidays. You’ve created a checklist of things like New cabinets Paint Appliances Flooring. After doing some research […]

What is one of the most dangerous long term effects of a Basement Renovation?

The simple answer is exposure to radon gas, which is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The bigger question is why. There is a variety of answers to that question so we’ll provide some background. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer according to the […]

November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

Warning signs that indicate a moisture problem exists in a basement or crawl space should be followed by a full assessment. WET ALERTS include: Humidity over 60%, which may indicate moisture exists but the source may be hidden … a leaking pipe, water lying against the exterior walls, water entering cracks in walls. Condensation on […]

Benefits of Replacing Windows

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