Category: Blog

Asbestos in Old Buildings May Slow Redevelopment of Properties

Across the country, retail outlets like shopping malls and strip malls have struggled to stay afloat, and in many cases, public officials and entrepreneurs have decided to re-purpose this real estate for housing, schools, public parks and other purposes. The decline of retail in the age of online shopping (i.e., Amazon) has hurt brick-and-mortar stores Read More …

Asbestos Discoveries Lead to Shutdowns

In older buildings across America, including here in Florida, the lurking threat of asbestos sometimes turns into asbestos discoveries that force the shutdown of schools, dormitories, libraries, universities and other facilities. For several decades during the last century, builders used asbestos extensively in the construction of houses, hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes, hospitals and other structures Read More …

Asbestos Abatement Still Requires a State License

Bills in the Florida Legislature that would have deregulated businesses in several industries and occupations, including asbestos abatement, failed to pass in the Legislature this year. Senate Bill 526 and House Bill 15 would have exempted companies in several professions from needing to get licensed by the state Department of Business & Professional Regulation. For Read More …

Mold Problems May Linger Long After Water Damage

A recent story by the Houston Chronicle discusses how many Houston-area residents continue to battle mold growths six months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city with massive flooding. Whether due to Mother Nature or a more mundane cause like faulty plumbing, water damage can have lasting effects on South Florida homes and properties, including mold Read More …

Lead Paint Remains a Risk Across the Country

According to a recent blog post on www.consumerreports.org, lead paint poses dangers to people’s health across the country, with a very high percentage of homes and other structures built before 1940 containing this toxic heavy metal. Lead contamination can cause significant health problems for adults as well as children. Lead contamination can result from deteriorating Read More …

Mold in Air Ducts a Concern During Hot Weather

Extreme heat across the South Florida region has prompted many residents in locations across the region to seek the shelter and comfort of air conditioning. However, with heavy use of AC, people can experience mold growth within air ducts in homes, offices, stores and other locations. In places like Hollywood, Davie, Miami, Kendall, Boca Raton, Read More …

Return of Rainy Season Brings Increased Risk for Mold Issues

With many areas across the area finally receiving more regular rainfall, the chances for mold problems have gone up. In many locations, drier-than-normal conditions and infrequent precipitation events marked the start of this year’s rainy season. However, more rains can lead to roof leaks, water damage and flooding, all of which can lead to mold Read More …