Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Older Buildings Should Get Tested for Asbestos Prior to Demolition

Hire professional asbestos removal firms for jobs in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other cities.
Because of the dangers associated with asbestos, municipalities generally require that people have buildings tested for asbestos prior to demolition. Asbestos in buildings can endanger people’s health during demolitions and renovations, as well as contaminate the surrounding ground, water and air. In many cases, building departments have halted work on job sites because of the failure of contractors to get asbestos testing. Developers and general contractors in South Florida can hire asbestos removal miami businesses for testing of buildings, houses and job sites in Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hialeah, Homestead, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and other area locations.

Asbestos used in the construction of buildings and structures across South Florida in past decades can pose serious health risks to people who inadvertently inhale or ingest the substance. While modern buildings typically do not contain asbestos, for many decades, builders used the substance because of its positive attributes, including resistance to fire. When asbestos breaks down, which can occur during demolitions and renovations, its microscopic fibers can become airborne, putting people at risk of a number of diseases and health conditions. Companies that perform asbestos abatement hollywood fl work can safely secure and eliminate asbestos from buildings before they undergo demolition or renovations, making these projects safer for the people who perform the work and safer for surrounding properties.

Builders and entrepreneurs should have properties like condominiums, hotels, apartment buildings, factories, warehouses, schools, strip malls and restaurants tested for the presence of asbestos before commencing renovations and demolitions of these structures to avoid costly fines and building delays and to ensure safe working conditions for workers on site. Structures built prior to the 1980s likely contain asbestos, as builders commonly used the material in new construction before the ‘80s. Failure to test for asbestos or properly dispose of it can lead to steep fines.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lead a Health Danger in Schools Across the Country

Many schools across the country have tested positive for high lead levels.
Reports about elevated lead levels at schools across the country have alarmed public health advocates, teachers, school administrators and parents. Young children face increased risks of developing serious health problems due to exposure to lead from lead water pipes, lead paint and other sources. Routine tests of the water in water fountains in a handful of schools have revealed elevated lead levels. Since the water crisis in Flint, Mich., many people have paid more attention to lead poisoning and lead exposure. Although lead water pipes do not necessarily represent a danger to South Florida residents, they could endanger the health of people in other parts of the country. People in South Florida places like West Palm Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale who suspect that they have lead poisoning can contact top lead remediation south florida businesses across the area to address this potential health hazard.

Companies that offer lead abatement services for public buildings in Miami like schools, libraries and courthouses can help to alleviate concerns about lead levels in such facilities. Administrators and other public officials can ensure the safety of students, employees and the general public by hiring licensed lead removal miami companies to treat the pipes and prevent lead from leaching into the water. In the case of lead-based paints, these companies professionally and safely remove the paint from affected surfaces.

Lead can cause severe health problems for people of all ages. Many health professionals consider any level of lead exposure harmful. Young children can experience developmental delays and permanent
damage to their digestive systems, nervous systems and muscular-skeletal systems. Many children exposed to lead also have behavioral problems. Adults exposed to lead may have a wide range of systems, including constipation, headaches, depression, forgetfulness, nausea, infertility, memory loss, fatigue, abdominal pain and irritability.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Companies Should Account for Asbestos Before Demolishing Structures

Many older buildings contain asbestos, which can
contaminate surrounding areas during demolition.
In the name of promoting development and progress, numerous communities and municipalities encourage people and companies to renovate and develop properties and parcels of land that have fallen into disrepair. Vacant and foreclosed properties represent missed opportunities for cities to increase their tax bases as well as blights that may scare away potential investors and residents. In many cases, builders will want to “demo” existing buildings and build anew from the ground up. However, demolishing older structures, particularly ones built prior to the 1980s, may lead to asbestos contamination, as many buildings and homes constructed before 1980 likely contain asbestos. Builders across South Florida can hire asbestos remediation firms to eliminate asbestos from buildings in Hollywood, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other locations. Businesses that perform asbestos abatement miami work can ensure that asbestos does not get spread during the demolition process.

Asbestos can cause serious harm to people’s health, especially if exposed to asbestos fibers over an extended duration. Researchers and health experts have indisputably linked asbestos exposure to the development of cancer, particularly mesothelioma. Other diseases linked to asbestos exposure include asbestosis and lung cancer. Even short-term exposure to asbestos can cause breathing complications, coughing and shortness of breath.

A number of cities and municipalities have developed guidelines and regulations that require developers and general contractors to address potential asbestos within structures and in the ground prior to tearing down old structures and constructing new buildings. Broward County, for instance, requires builders to comply with federal standards and complete pertinent forms. Developers in the area can turn to asbestos removal fort lauderdale companies for help in eliminating asbestos from structures and the ground and complying with local rules and laws. Such firms help builders protect the health of their employees, the safety of surrounding communities and the health of future occupants.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Future of Asbestos Uncertain Under New Administration

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to numerous diseases.
Despite its widely accepted status as a deadly carcinogen and being outright banned by dozens of countries, asbestos remains legal in the United States, and this status may not change under the Trump Administration. President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, refused to commit to banning the substance during confirmation hearings.

Asbestos, once regularly used in the construction of houses, office buildings and other structures across the United States, including here in South Florida, can cause a number of diseases in people exposed to the substance. Health experts estimate that thousands of people die from asbestos-related diseases each year. The dangers associated with asbestos exposure have prompted many homeowners, businesses and government entities to hire environmental remediation companies to remove the material from buildings and structures throughout Southern Florida. People in places like Hollywood, Miami Beach, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton can hire licensed asbestos removal south florida companies to test for the presence of asbestos, and eliminate it.

Regardless of what political appointees may say about asbestos, medical professionals and health experts have long recognized the substance’s dangers. Exposure to asbestos, particularly long-term exposure, can cause cancers of the stomach and lungs, including a form of cancer only caused by asbestos called mesothelioma. Other health conditions tied to asbestos exposure include asbestosis, shortness of breath, lung cancer and other respiratory ailments. Firms that offer asbestos abatement broward services remove this dangerous building material from hospitals, apartment buildings, schools, courthouses, condominiums and other structures across Broward County.

Although previous presidential administrations took steps to phase out the use of asbestos, it remains to be seen whether the new administration will continue this trend. One would hope that common sense and public pressure will lead to the end of asbestos use in the near future.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hire Asbestos Professionals to Test for and Eliminate Asbestos

Known to cause malignant forms of cancer and respiratory diseases, asbestos has caused health problems for people across the country and around the world due to its presence in houses, office buildings, courthouses, apartment buildings, condominiums and other structures. For decades, builders and construction companies used asbestos extensively in single-family homes, warehouses, shopping centers, strip malls and other structures because of the positive attributes of the substance, such as its fire resistance, soundproofing and other qualities. A large percentage of structures built before the 1980s, when its use largely phased out, could contain asbestos. Unfortunately, this means that many homes and workplaces across South Florida may have this dangerous carcinogen in ceilings, flooring, walls and other areas. South Florida businesses and residents can turn to professional asbestos testing south florida firms to determine whether their residences and premises bear this harmful material.

Its widespread use in the building of all kinds of structures means that asbestos could potentially threaten the health of people living in all areas of South Florida, including Miami-Dade County, Broward County locations like Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood and Palm Beach County cities like Delray Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. Although asbestos often does not affect people’s health, and many people can live in asbestos-laden homes for years without adverse health effects, the substance can rear its ugly head and cause severe health problems for people during renovations, demolitions and remodeling projects. Such instances can allow asbestos fibers to get released into the air. Prior to renovations and remodeling projects, people may want to hire asbestos abatement broward companies to find and remove this hazardous substance.

People in South Florida should only hire licensed and accredited asbestos firms to perform this type of work. Licensed by the state, these businesses have to meet professional standards and criteria to stay in business.