Posts made in December, 2015

Asbestos Exposure: 3 Things You Should Know

Do you live in a home that was built before the 1970s? If you do, there’s a good chance that asbestos was used in the construction process. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health issues. If you do have an older home, you should have it inspected for asbestos danger. Here are a things you should know about asbestos.

Where Asbestos Can Be Found in Your Home

If you thought asbestos was only found in insulation, you’re wrong. Asbestos can be found in a wide variety of products inside older homes. Asbestos can be found in products such as:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Artificial fire logs found in gas fireplaces
  • Wallpaper glue

Health Issues You Can Develop From Asbestos Exposure 

Asbestos is made of many tiny fibers. Once the asbestos begins to deteriorate, those fibers can break loose and enter the air. When that happens, the fibers can enter your nasal passage and get lodged in the lining of your lungs. Unfortunately, once those fibers are in your lungs, they can cause two potentially deadly diseases, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a disease that causes severe scarring of the lining inside the lungs and is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers. It causes difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a lung cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Most people who develop mesothelioma are usually exposed to asbestos while at work. However, mesothelioma can also be contracted through second-hand exposure, such as hugging someone who has asbestos fibers on their clothing. It can also be contracted through asbestos exposure in the home.

What You Should Do If You Find It in Your Home

If you own a home that was built prior to 1970, you need to exercise extreme caution whenever you do home projects. This is particularly important if you’ll be working in the attic or removing old flooring. You should always wear protective gear when entering your attic or crawlspaces. Your protective gear should include:

  • Face mask
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

If you do find asbestos in your home, you should stop working, close off the space, and contact a professional asbestos abatement contractor as soon as possible.

Asbestos can lead to life-threatening. If you suspect that your home may have asbestos in it, you should have it inspected by a professional immediately. An asbestos removal expert will be able to remove the asbestos and make your home safe for you and your family.

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Is Your Garbage Disposal Ready For The Holidays?

The holidays are coming! Now is the time to get your garbage disposal ready to work hard. These tips will help you get your unit ready for heavy use at big holiday meals.

Clean Your Unit

Gunk that builds up inside your garbage disposal can cause clogs over time. Luckily, there are many natural products that you probably keep around your house that you can use to clean out the inside of your garbage disposal.

  • Ice. Crushing ice in your garbage disposal helps grind away food particles stuck to the inside of the unit.
  • Salt. Like ice, coarse salt also produces a scrubbing action against the walls of the garbage disposal, which helps to clean the walls and the blades of the unit.
  • Vinegar. Vinegar is slightly acidic and will eat away at old organic material stuck in the blades and walls of the disposal. Flushing your garbage disposal with vinegar also helps neutralize any unpleasant odors coming from your unit. You can flush vinegar down your garbage disposal on its own, or put it in the garbage disposal with other ingredients like salt or lemon juice.
  • Lemon juice. Much like vinegar, lemon juice helps flush away old food particles inside the unit while also covering up unpleasant smells. Some people may prefer to use lemon juice because of the pleasant scent, while others may prefer vinegar because it’s often less expensive.
  • Baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda into the garbage disposal and pour boiling hot water down after it. Baking soda can unstick difficult to remove foods like melted cheese and grease.

Pouring any one of these items down the drain and then turning on the garbage disposal can help clean out your unit for the holidays. Doing this on a regular basis will help keep drain clear and keep the inside of the unit clean and fresh.

Post a Sign

You probably have rules about what things can and can’t go down your garbage disposal. Make a small sign clarifying which items aren’t supposed to go down the garbage. Post that sign near the switch that turns the disposal on and off. This will help ensure that any holiday visitors who want to help clean up dinner will know the proper procedure for using the disposal.

Address Clogs Now

If your garbage disposal is draining slowly now, it’s likely to get worse. Have a professional plumber come snake your drain now before the situation becomes an emergency. This will help ensure that your kitchen will be ready for your holiday guests.

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