What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is mined into fibers from naturally occurring rocks and is used in multiple building applications for its temperature resistance, strength, and relatively low cost. Asbestos was installed in countless buildings from floor to ceiling up until the late 1970’s and while its usage was significantly reduced in the 1980’s; it is still prevalent in many building products (over 3,000) TODAY!
What is Mold?
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.
What is Lead?
Lead is a heavy metal that was widely used in construction materials, but the most overwhelmingly prevalent use of lead was in paint. Lead-based paint was used up until 1978, and can still be found in many residential and commercial buildings today. As lead paint ages, it can chip or crumble into dust. Exposure to lead-paint dust or chips can cause serious health problems.
What is Bacteria?
Bacteria are microorganisms too small to see with the naked eye that exist in virtually all environments in the world. They exist in dirt, water, organic materials, etc. Bacteria is typically derived from human and animal wastes and can enter a water supply from septic tank drainage, sewage and sewer back-ups, a toilet overflow, or direct drainage of surface runoff into wells.