Exposure to Mold, Lead, Asbestos

If you experience exposure to mold, lead, asbestos or other hazardous materials, we hope the information below will help.

What can mold do to my health?

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 50 to 100 indoor mold types can create health problems. People are mainly exposed to mold by breathing spores or other tiny fragments. Generally recognized health problems include coughing, wheezing and breathing difficulties, nasal and sinus congestion, sore throat, skin and eye irritation and upper respiratory irritations. Mold can also cause the worsening of asthma symptoms.

What can lead paint do to my health?

If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from a variety of health problems, including:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems and headaches

Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from reproductive problems (in both men and women), high blood pressure and hypertension, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain.

What can asbestos do to my health?

Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Disease symptoms may take several years to develop following exposure. If you are concerned about possible exposure, consult a physician who specializes in lung diseases (pulmonologist).

How do I know if mold is in my home or office? Exposure to mold, lead, asbestos

Seeing mold, smelling musty or moldy odors and signs of excess moisture or water damage are three solid indicators. Mold can grow behind walls, under carpets, and in attics or under floors. Mold needs only moisture and nutrients to grow and multiply.

How do I know if lead paint is in my home or office?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the older the home or office, the better chance it contains some lead-based paint (LBP). A rule of thumb: built before 1950 — probably LBP both inside and out. Between 1950 and 1960 — probably LBP outside, maybe not inside. Between 1961 and 1970 — some chance for outside LBP, probably not inside. Between 1971 and 1978 — slight chance of LBP. NOTE:  though LBP was essentially banned in 1978, some existing LBP might have been used for two or more years afterward (i.e., to 1980 or 1981).  The only way to tell positively if you have LBP is to have it properly tested by a professional.

For more information contact either your State Lead Program, EPA’s Regional Office, or National Lead Information Center (NLIC), at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

How do I know if asbestos is in my home or office?

If unsure whether or not the material contains asbestos, you may consider hiring a professional asbestos inspector to sample and test the material for you. Before you have your structure remodeled, you should find out whether asbestos-containing materials are present. If asbestos-containing material is becoming damaged (i.e., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart) you should immediately isolate the area (keep pets and children away from the area) and refrain from disturbing the material (either by touching it or walking on it). You should then immediately contact an asbestos professional for a consultation. It is best to receive an assessment from one firm and any needed abatement from another firm to avoid any conflict of interest. In such a scenario as described above, asbestos-containing material does not necessarily need to be removed, but may rather be repaired by an asbestos professional via encapsulation or enclosure. Removal is often unnecessary. Read More

Does ARC service residential customers?

ARC Abatement focuses primarily on non-residential projects but is happy to talk to a homeowner and recommend the best solution for the project.

Does ARC provide animal abatement?

Bats and skunk abatement as well as other animal abatement is not ARC’s primary focus, but we would be happy to discuss a project or refer you to another service provider.