The Dangers of AsbestosTo this day, asbestos is not banned in the U.S., but its use has been dramatically lowered. Buildings built before 1980 may have this hazardous material inside. Asbestos-related illnesses can cause respiratory issues that have lead to death for far too many people.
Removing Asbestos SafelyRemoving asbestos tiles is best left to the professionals. Some states require asbestos-abatement professionals to be licensed to remove materials with asbestos in them. There are special protective gear items and procedures designed to limit the exposure of cleanup crews to asbestos. Make sure to check your state and city regulations before you attempt to remove any asbestos tiles at your home.
Equipment Necessary for Asbestos RemovalRemember, licensed, professional contractors are usually the ones to handle asbestos-containing materials. If you plan to do it yourself, make sure to have the following equipment:
- Plastic sheeting material to seal the area – this will prevent hazardous materials from leaving the work area
- Respirators with air filters – Opt for these instead of the basic dust masks to fully protect your lungs
- Air purifiers – having an air purification unit in the area will limit the harmful particulates
- Disposable coveralls and gloves – wear covers for your clothes that you can throw out because asbestos won’t wash out of your clothes
- Pump sprayer with water – asbestos isn’t as bad if it is wet, so spray it down to limit your exposure
- Sealable plastic bags – these will be used to store the torn out building materials
A flood is a temporary overflow of water that generally covers dry land. These disastrous events are the result of either natural or human causes. Heavy rainfall, clogged drains, hurricanes, broken dams, urbanization, burst pipes and supply lines, and other sources frequently cause severe flooding. Water has devastating effects on your property, and nearly always requires professional assistance from a certified flood damage cleanup and restoration team. Fortunately, when you find yourself in these situations, ERSI can help. As an experienced disaster restoration company, we have seen it all. That’s why we are sharing helpful information about flooding and what
Winter in Michigan is no laughing matter! This season, more than ever before, insurance agents are reporting issues from ice damming. If you’ve yet to experience this problem, now is the time to take action to prevent ice dams and the need for water damage restoration services. What is an Ice Dam? An ice dam is a winter phenomenon. These most often appear as a thick ridge of ice that freezes along the eaves of sloped roofs on heated structures as a result of snow melting and solidifying as ice. What Causes Ice Dams? Several factors combine to cause ice dams. These include heat
Fireplace Safety: Stay Warm & Safe This Winter Nothing comes close to the familiar feeling of cozying up next to your fireplace with the family. At ERSI Fire & Water, we also love the simple joys of life. However, as a fire restoration company, we know better than anyone, that without taking proper precautions, your fireplace can become a major hazard to your home and life. Use these fireplace safety tips to ensure your winter is warm and wonderful. Fireplace Safety Tips Chimney fires are the most common type of heating fire in the U.S. With such a high prevalence,
BBB – Start With Trust As an A+ member of the Better Business Bureau, Emergency Response Services enjoys educating consumers on the ways to avoid the need for restoration services. We recently had the opportunity to share helpful tips to winterize your home on the BBB Podcast – Start With Trust. Jeff Selik and Ricky Gootz of the ERSI team sat down with Laura Blakenship and Ashley Gibbord of the BBB to discuss the threats to your property and how to prevent bigger issues. Everyone can agree that a bit of maintenance on the front end can save you tons of
As a homeowner, you want your property to look and feel its best. Nuisance issues such as mold not only pose health concerns, but also detract from the appearance of the home. Thus when you find spores growing, a common question to ask is: can you remove mold yourself? The answer will depend on the circumstances and severity of the fungal invasion. After all, mold exists everywhere due to moisture. A good rule of thumb for answering if you can remove mold yourself is that if you find spores on building materials such as drywall, subflooring, studs, or elsewhere, and the area extends beyond ten square feet,
What is Black Mold? If you’re at all familiar with mold, you’ve likely heard about the bad rap that black mold receives. This type of fungus actually encompasses several mold species that appear dark green and/or black. Most commonly though, when you hear “black mold,” Stachybotrys chartarum is being referenced. As an IICRC-certified mold removal and remediation company, Emergency Response Services, Inc. has seen its fair share of mold. For this reason, we’re bringing you everything you need to know to answer the question: what is black mold? Is Black Mold Dangerous? Contrary to popular belief, the shade of mold does not correlate
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