Safe & Effective Asbestos Abatement: A Guide

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If you grew up watching TV before streaming was a thing, anytime in the 2000s, you’ve likely seen a commercial about asbestos exposure. And if you ever caught one of those commercials, you may have asked yourself, “What is asbestos?” and “What is asbestos abatement?” Asbestos was once a common building material due to its […]

What You Should Know About Asbestos in Drywall

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Did you know that it was common to use asbestos in drywall and other applications throughout the 20th century? That is until they were banned in 1977.  But what is asbestos, and why is using this material banned? Asbestos is a naturally occurring carcinogenic material that was widely used in construction materials in the 1930s […]

Residential Guide To Indoor Air Quality

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According to various studies, people in North America and Europe spend 90% of their time indoors. This makes sense as indoors is usually the place where we are most protected from weather and other dangers. However, we’re subject to health concerns involved with indoor air pollution.  A lot of contaminants can get into the air […]

Where Can I Bring My Asbestos Sample?

Because of these dangerous side effects, asbestos has been banned in many countries around the globe–but not in the US. If you are a homeowner and you’ve never performed asbestos testing in your home, now is the time to give it a shot. One option is to call in professionals for asbestos testing. Another is […]

What You Need to Know About Asbestos in Tiles

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Asbestos Tile in Portland Homes and Businesses You may have heard that asbestos is common in old homes, but do you know which building materials are the culprits? A naturally occurring mineral, asbestos is made up of millions of tiny fibers that brought both benefits and risks to building products. In fact, it was one […]

What Exactly is Asbestos?

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber. Asbestos fibers’ resistance to heat, electricity, and corrosion made it a popular construction material for insulation and strengthening cloth, paper, cement, plastic, and other materials. Types of Asbestos The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) classifies asbestos into 2 categories: Amphibole: Fibers are straight and jagged. Amphibole asbestos […]

What You Need to Know About Asbestos in Insulation

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The typical U.S. homeowner spent $117.46 per month on their energy bills in 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). You may be aware of how much you’re spending on energy, but do you know where most of that money goes? Heating and cooling costs amount to 42% of the typical U.S. energy […]

What You Need to Know About Asbestos Floor Tiles

Is There Asbestos in Your Home’s Floor Tiles? Was your home or business built prior to 2004? If so, it’s likely that asbestos is present in your building.  Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that consists of millions of microscopic fibers. There are six different types of asbestos minerals, but all of them provide the […]

DEQ Asbestos Sampling Rules & Regulations

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of long, thin fibers. The fibers are fire-resistant and insulate well, which made asbestos popular as a construction material in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, asbestos dust can be hazardous when inhaled, as the small fibers are permanently trapped in the body. Over time, the fibers can […]

A Homeowner’s Guide to Asbestos in Portland Homes

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You may know that asbestos is something to avoid, but do you know exactly what it is, where it’s found and how common it is to find asbestos in homes that are more than 30 years old?  More than half of U.S. homes were built prior to 1980, which is when the use of asbestos […]