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10 Things to Know About Asbestos in Drywall

10 Things to Know About Asbestos in Drywall

Drywall (also known as “wallboard” or “gypsum board”) can be found in just about every building constructed after the 1930s. It emerged as a popular alternative to traditional lath and plaster construction during World War II and the “building boom” that followed....

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How to Identify Asbestos Insulation in Walls & Attics

How to Identify Asbestos Insulation in Walls & Attics

Nowadays, most homeowners are aware of the dangers of asbestos. Unfortunately, before the 1980s, the risks were largely unknown to contractors and the general public. Back then, the material was frequently used, especially for insulation purposes. In fact, asbestos...

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6 Ways to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

6 Ways to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

Water damage is not an uncommon problem, especially in older homes in wet regions like the Pacific Northwest. Particularly after a leak or flood, water or excess moisture can be difficult to clean up, and the damage left behind is often frustrating to deal with and...

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Everything You Need to Know About Asbestos in Flooring

Everything You Need to Know About Asbestos in Flooring

Asbestos was a major component in many construction materials up until the 1980s because of its durability and heat-resistant properties. Today, materials with high asbestos content are banned in the U.S. due to the very serious associated health risks. However, many...

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Where To Look For Asbestos In Your Bathroom

Where To Look For Asbestos In Your Bathroom

Throughout the 20th century, Asbestos was frequently used in the production of consumer goods and home construction by builders and homeowners. Its flexibility and heat-resistance made it a popular choice for residential projects. Unfortunately, it’s also toxic to...

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When to Test for Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

When to Test for Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings (also known as “stucco,” “acoustic,” or “cottage cheese” ceilings) were very popular from the 1950s to the 1980s. Builders and homeowners alike were drawn to the bumpy, spray-on texture because it was quick and easy to apply, helped disguise ceiling...

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How to Prevent Mold Growth During the Winter

How to Prevent Mold Growth During the Winter

Household mold can grow on a variety of surfaces and objects, from walls and windows to clothes, books, and toys. Over time, an unremedied mold issue in your home can damage your property and belongings and pose serious risks to your family’s health. The wet winter...

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What To Do If You Find Lead Paint In Your Home

What To Do If You Find Lead Paint In Your Home

If your home was built before the 1980s, it’s fairly likely that it contains lead paint. That’s because, prior to being banned from residential use nationwide in 1978, it was extremely popular in construction. Unfortunately, lead paint can pose health risks to you and...

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4 Reasons to Get a Lead Inspection Before Remodeling

4 Reasons to Get a Lead Inspection Before Remodeling

  Especially if you have an older home, it’s a good idea to get a lead inspection before you take on a remodeling project. Maybe you’re planning a large-scale, whole-home remodel that involves knocking down walls. Maybe you’re just repainting a bathroom and...

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5 Essential Dos and Don’ts of Painting Over Lead Paint

5 Essential Dos and Don’ts of Painting Over Lead Paint

Are you planning to paint walls in your home? Was your home built before the 1980s? If so, you need to determine whether or not the existing paint on your walls contains lead. Many home builders used lead-based paint in the construction of homes before 1978, when its...

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