There are many health concerns directly connected to asbestos exposure including: Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Asbestosis. As we discussed in our last post, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was often used in residential and commercial construction till the 1980s because of its resistance to fire and heat. Though generally safe if undisturbed, exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health consequences if it is agitated during home renovation or natural disasters. (more…)
We recently met a woman in Raleigh who purchased an older home to renovate and remodel. After the remodeling project was complete, one of her neighbors came by the house to admire the work and innocently asked, “So what did you do about the asbestos?” She did not realize her home was built with asbestos-laden products. Once disturbed, asbestos poses very dangerous health threats to occupants. (more…)
Excessive rain this winter means leftover moisture will cause issues in homes as we transition to spring and summer. There are a number of reasons to hate moisture in the home. Moisture in homes can damage walls, cause wood rot, and lead to the development of harmful mold.
There are a number of ways in which a home can be exposed to moisture. Excessive rainfall and poor drainage can lead to ponding of water in vented crawlspaces. Otherwise, moisture will develop in and around basements, plumbing pipes, ductwork, shower stalls, under sinks, and anywhere condensation is likely to form.
Moisture Can Lead to Mold
Mold is one of the main reasons to hate moisture. Molds are fungal species that spread and thrive in moist conditions. Mold development in the home poses health concerns for families, especially those with allergies and/or asthma. There are a number of reasons to hate mold:
Mold is very difficult to remove. Even if all visible mold is removed, invisible spores can survive and lead to its redevelopment.
Mold stinks. Mold often has a musty odor, similar to that of a wet dog.
Mold is bad for your health. The most common health effects of the presence of mold are allergies. Symptoms of mold allergies are similar to the common cold: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, etc. Furthermore, mold can exasperate asthma and lead to the development of more serious health conditions.
Other Reasons to Hate Moisture
Besides mold, there are a number of other reasons to hate moisture in the home:
All American Heating and Air says, moisture and humidity are the enemies of home comfort. Besides the feeling of dampness in your home, humidity causes your HVAC system to work harder to cool the air, which leads to higher energy bills.
Excess moisture can cause wood surfaces to become deformed and warped. Water damage can lead to wood rot, which threatens the structural integrity of a home.
Moisture can lead to the cracked and peeling paint and wall paper.
Our friends at New Light Electrical and Plumbing write that the best way to prevent the development of moisture and mold in your home’s crawlspace is to have it sealed and dehumidified.
If you suspect there is excess moisture in your home, water damage, or harmful mold, give us a call today. We are here to help.