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 […]

What is Indoor Air Pollution?

Breathing clean, fresh, healthy indoor air each and every day has a positive impact on the health of our building occupants. Did you know that a single person breathes 9.5 TONS of air each year? So many factors can play a part in contributing to a building’s indoor air pollution: the site where the building […]

What should I do when I find mold when I am renovating?

Many D-I-Yers that take on home renovation projects like interior painting, kitchen remodeling, bathroom renovation, floor replacement, and window replacement, rarely understand the risks of mold. Even if they do, they may not know how to ensure that the mold contamination is prevented from spreading throughout the home. The biggest risk you encounter by doing […]

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 […]

Mrs. B’s Anxiety . . . Another true story advocating safe renovations . . .

Mrs. B’s anxiety was running rampant… Another true story advocating SAFE RENOVATIONS! The mid-1950s home was located in a quiet Western Maryland neighborhood.  Moving boxes were on the front porch.  A dumpster sat in the driveway full of old cabinets and shelving.  The sound of a saw and hammers resounded from within the home. I […]

PROTECT Yourself & Your Team from the Health Risks of Remodeling!

PROTECT Yourself & Your Team from the Health Risks of Remodeling!   POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS OF REMODELING AN OLDER HOME By RE Resources Team February 10, 2017 at 3:38 PM If you’ve recently purchased a fixer-upper and a home remodel is on your agenda, beware of potential health risks. Older homes are notorious for harboring […]

UNDERSTANDING VOCs in Paint for Safe Renovations

Understanding VOCs in paint and coating materials for a safe and healthy renovation project Most paint and coating materials off-gas VOCs. Although they may still emit an odor and VOCs, high-quality, low- or no-VOC paint and coating products are available and are a better choice when protecting the quality of the air in indoor environments. […]

THINGS TO DO so You Have No Regrets After Remodeling!

THINGS TO DO so You Have No Regrets After Remodeling Make a thorough plan. Start with the end in mind and work backwards with what steps and tasks need done. Create a budget and estimate the costs knowing you may need to adjust upwards. Careful with the timing . . . what is more important: […]