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Carpets May Become Contaminated with Lead and Asbestos during Renovations


EMSL Analytical provides lead and asbestos testing services to protect people from risks during and after renovation projects.
Cinnaminson, NJ, October 27th, 2011
The national trend towards home improvement projects continues to grow as more people are staying in their homes.  Tight economic times also have many people looking to complete projects utilizing their own sweat equity. 
These projects can add new life to a home and increase property values.  Unfortunately, many homeowners living in homes constructed in the 1970s or earlier, fail to recognize that their homes may have asbestos containing materials and lead-based paints.
The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978 and some states stopped its use even earlier.  During renovation projects any materials coated with lead-based paints may become aerosolized.  This can be an immediate threat to anyone breathing the air as well as a future threat to occupants once the contaminated dust settles throughout a property.
Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past include floor tiles, cement sheet, millboard, popcorn ceilings, soundproofing materials, joint compounds, shingles, siding, roofing and countless other materials.  If any of these materials are disturbed during renovations the asbestos fibers can become aerosolized and become an immediate and future health threat.
“Few people realize that lead and asbestos can be in so many places in their home and that renovation projects can aerosolize the materials,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, a leading lead and asbestos testing laboratory.  “Carpeting in homes can act as a reservoir for these toxin laden dusts as the material settles.  Each time the carpet is disturbed it can become re-aerosolized and it also acts as a hazard for young children who spend much of their time on the carpeting.  What homeowners need to understand is that quick and affordable testing options exist to determine if materials contain lead or asbestos so that these hazards don’t cause health risks to the current and future building occupants,” he continued.    
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About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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