What You Need to Know About Asbestos in Tiles

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?

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

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 […]

How Do the Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation Processes Work?

If you’re reading this, you may be wondering whether certain homes are more likely than others to have radon. In general, the short answer is no. That’s because it really has almost nothing to do with the house itself — at least not as far as the type of house, when it was built, whether […]

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 […]

What Does An Environmental Consulting Company Do?

What Does an Environmental Consulting Company Do? The Environmental Protection Agency was established by President Nixon in 1970, due to growing concerns about our impact on the environment. The EPA is in charge of creating and maintaining national standards that involve using laws and regulations to protect human and environmental health.  Okay, so, how does […]

How To Safely Check For Asbestos

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Although hiring a professional for an asbestos check-up and testing is strongly recommended, there are signs that can help you determine if your home or building may have asbestos-containing materials. Building Construction Date Asbestos was among one of the most widely used construction materials from the early 1920s until 1989 when an asbestos ban was […]

What To Expect During The Asbestos Abatement Process

Understanding what the asbestos abatement process will look like is an important part of ensuring proper asbestos removal. That’s why we’ve outlined each step along the way.   1. Before Abatement Prior to the asbestos abatement process, an on-site evaluation should be completed by a prospective asbestos abatement contractor. During the evaluation, your contractor should walk […]