Hazardous materials can be lurking inside your home without your knowledge. Do you know the most common types of hazardous materials that may be in your home right now? Luckily for you, Colorado Hazardous Materials knows the most commonly found hazardous materials and will discuss each one and its dangers!
Mold is one of the most common hazardous materials we find and remove in homes. Mold forms from water damages or leaks. If water is left for too long, mold will begin to form. Mold loves to grow in areas that do not have proper ventilation. Basements, attics, crawlspaces, kitchens, and bathrooms are where we see most mold growth. Mold can cause respiratory problems, and damages to the structure of your home can occur.
Sewage, even if the water is clear, usually contains bacteria and viruses. If you have any type of sewage, inside or outside your home, call a hazardous materials company for removal. Sewage can happen because of clogs or even torrential rains.
Asbestos is generally found in older homes, but we see a lot of properties that still have asbestos-containing materials. If your home has asbestos, it must be removed by a professional. Asbestos exposure causes severe illnesses, including cancers such as lung and mesothelioma.
Lead paint is still being found in homes even though it was banned decades ago. When remodels take place, paint is usually not removed. The surface is painted over. If you have children, plan to become pregnant, or have older adults in the home, it should be tested for lead. Lead poisoning can cause seizures, behavioral problems, and even death.
Rodents love to take home in your attic, basement, or garage. They love having shelter, water, and food for their young. Rodents not only carry diseases, but their feces and urine also contain bacteria and viruses that can make you extremely ill. If you have rodents, always call a professional for removal!