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Why Do Houses Have Asbestos?
Reading about asbestos can be alarming. Exposure to this material can cause serious breathing problems over time. When a material has what looks like a horrible safety record, you can begin to wonder: why was it ever used at all? Asbestos use actually has a history going back over 4,500 years, but its dangers were not well-understood until relatively recently.
It's a common mistaken belief that people either have allergies or they don't. Or, that allergies are something that children have and that adults grow out of them. However, the truth is that anyone can develop an allergy at any time in their lives.
Experts suggest that as many as one in three adults suffers from nasal allergies.
Asbestos was a common building material well into the 20th Century, and was not completely banned until 1989. To this day, items with small amounts of asbestos are allowed as long as the material is encapsulated in a binder. Due to its resistance to heat and fire, it was used in electrical insulation, tiles and other materials throughout the home. It still lurks in many homes and professional buildings that were constructed in the last century.
If you have a home that was built before 1978, chances are good that you have lead paint somewhere. Lead paint was especially common on window sills, door jambs, banisters and other high-contact surfaces. The knowledge that there is lead in your home and that it has been in the building for many decades can be disconcerting. Is the lead paint harmful? Does it need to be removed?...
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance that you have lead paint. Lead was used as an additive in paint between 1960 and 1978. According to the EPA, 24% of homes built between 1960 and 1977 have or had lead paint. That number jumps to 69% in homes built between 1940 and 1959. Eighty-seven percent of homes built before 1940 have or had paint that contains lead. After 1978, ...
Law360. New York (July 18, 2013, 7:32PM ET) - The Chicago Plan Commission gave a key nod Thursday to a $3 billion plan to renovate the Main Post Office and surround it with a massive high-rise complex, and also pushed forward a controversial $300 million renovation plan for Wrigley Field. In a unanimous vote, the commission first approved a zoning code amendment that paves the way for...
Mold and mildew can appear in your home anywhere moisture is present. After having mold professionally removed, our tips can help you prevent a reoccurrence and exposure to potentially harmful mold spores. While it is impossible to completely eliminate the spores that can start to grow mold and multiply, you can keep them from getting the environment they need to grow.
What to Do if You Buy a House with Asbestos Siding
You've found a home that you love, but there's just one potential problem: it has asbestos siding. Isn't asbestos poisonous? Should you run the other way or is it not as big a deal as it seems? Or, maybe you've already purchased the home and you are just realizing that the siding that looked so great
Mold plagues many homeowners here in the Chicago area. It pops up in the worst places: behind a couch where there's no ventilation, inside closets and down in the basement. But what is it exactly? We share everything you need to know about mold and how to keep your family safe.
Nearly everyone has mold spores in their home. They travel in on drafts during dry and windy weather, which is so common in the Chicago area. The spores gather on surfaces in the home, just waiting for the right damp conditions to grow. When these occur, whether through poor ventilation, flooding or leaks, the spores develop, often into the sort of mold that can be dangerous to your home's residents...
No homeowner likes to contemplate the idea that there is mold in their home. While most people worry most about black or toxic mold, any mold can cause health problems. It is best to be vigilant so mold removal can be performed quickly if needed, Key signs of mold in your home can include:
1. A moldy or musty odor. Scent is often your first clue that there is mold in your home.
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The Chicago area's frequently damp climate can make our homes the perfect breeding place for mold and mildew. These materials are not just unsightly. They can aggravate allergies, stain fabrics and walls and can even lead to permanent damage to materials in our home.
If you have an older Chicago home, chances are good that there is asbestos somewhere in it. This material was used in tiles, roofing and insulation in many homes throughout the twentieth century. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that the material can be extremely dangerous when it is damaged. Asbestos particles can become airborne and cause lung damage when inhaled.
Many of us do not know what to do when we discover that our home might have asbestos. It can be hard to decide what the next step should be. The good news is, however, that you may not have to do anything at all. Whether asbestos needs to be removed depends on the condition of the surfaces it is in and what plans you have for your home...
If you are planning construction or repairs on your home or business, it is important to know first whether there is asbestos on the premises. Asbestos is safe as long as it is undisturbed. However, when it is cut or moved during construction, particles can become airborne. Older asbestos may also be prone to crumbling, which can release particles into the air. These particles, when inhaled, can...
By Rachel Terry Swick. eHOw Contributor Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used for insulation and building in the early to mid-1900s. It was later found to cause cancers and other health issues. Contract companies work to remove asbestos from older houses, and all new houses are built without using asbestos.