Asbestos is a fibrous material that is made of magnesium silicate. This material is resistant to chemicals, heat and fire and was once commonly used in the construction of many homes. However, over time it was discovered that the health risks asbestos cause greatly outweigh the benefits it offers as a building material. Now, asbestos is no longer used for home construction purposes. Unfortunately, many older homes still have materials that contain asbestos in the walls, flooring, insulation, siding, paint, roofing and heating systems.
10 August 2015
If you're the type of person who enjoys rolling up your sleeves and tackling jobs around the home, cleaning your own eavestroughs is something you can accomplish with a little old-fashioned hard work. It's ideal to perform this task about twice a year to ensure your eavestroughs work properly. While this job isn't difficult per se, it can be a little dangerous if you don't take the right approach -- after all, you're working high off the ground.
6 August 2015
Vermiculite is a common material that's present in many older forms of insulation and appliances. Although this material is affordable and durable, it can also provide some health hazards if it is contaminated with asbestos. Here is what you need to know about vermiculite and its risks in your home. What Does Vermiculite Look Like? Vermiculite is a shiny, flaky mineral with particles that can be either powdered or in long shards.
6 August 2015