Asbestos, Mold and Lead Abatement – helpful tips

Is there asbestos in my house?

  • Asbestos was widely used until the 1980s for pipe wrapping, vinyl flooring, shingles, siding and insulation.
  • Professionals can help you identify.
  • There is little danger unless the asbestos is damaged or deteriorated.

Should I worry about vermiculite insulation?

  • Vermiculite is a mica-like mineral used for attic insulation from 1920 to 1990.
  • Not all vermiculite contains asbestos.
  • Loose fibers create the health risk.
  • There is little danger if it is sealed behind wallboards, floorboards or isolated in the attic.

Is there mold in my house?

  • Check the basement, closets.
  • Check under or behind sinks and stored items.
  • Check bottom edge of windows.
  • Check other damp places in your home.

Why is mold a worry?

  • Mold can cause eye, nose, throat irritations, coughing, wheezing.
  • Prolonged exposure may weaken immune system and lead to illness.
  • Mold causes unsightly stains.
  • Mold damages paint, fabric, wood, and drywall, may even weaken structure.

How can I prevent mold?

  • Vent high humidity areas like showers, laundry to the outside.
  • Use dehumidifiers and/or air conditioners.
  • Clean up standing water, leaks under sinks and tubs.
  • De-clutter to promote good air circulation.
  • Clean often. Vacuum with a HEPA filter.

How do I get rid of mold?

  • Wash small areas with dish detergent and water. Dry quickly.
  • Large areas may need professional help.
  • If mold keeps returning, seek professional advice.

Is there lead in my house?

  • Lead plumbing pipes and lead-based solder were commonly used until 1975.
  • Lead pipes are greyish-black, soft and easily dented if scraped by a knife.
  • Lead-based paints were widely used until 1960.
  • Get paint or water tested with a kit, at a lab, or by a professional.

Why is lead a worry?

  • Lead is a recognized brain poison.
  • Lead can damage the nervous system, blood system, kidneys, and brain.
  • Lead is especially harmful to children.

How do I get rid of lead?

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