Tips For Effective Black Mold Removal

Black mold can cause many health problems. There are some cases where being exposed to it can cause death. Surely, you do not want to have these black patches in your home. If you do not properly take care of it, it could spread and grow larger. In fact, if you do not treat it properly the first time you try to get rid of it, it could stick around forever. This is a very toxic thing and it is important that you take precautions when you are removing it. In the paragraphs below, we are going to tell you more information on black mold removal.

First of all, before you try to get rid of the problem, it is important that you find and get rid of the source of this problem. Mold can occur in various places where there is a leaking pipe.

It can also grow in those places where the humidity levels are very high. Leaks behind the walls, slow leaks and humidity building up can contribute to this problem. It is a known fact that these black patches only need a total of twenty four hours to form and grow.

Now, you need to seal the room. You can do this by placing heavy sheets over the vents, doorways and any other openings leading to other rooms.

Use heavy duct tape to seal so that the dust does not escape and go in other areas of the house. Fungi spores can easily spread when they are being cleaned. To help remove the spores, place a fan in front of a window that leads outdoors.

Some say that you should use soap and water in order to get rid of the visible fungi. Others say that you should use bleach and water to get rid of it – the option is up to you. When you use bleach, make sure it is not going to discolour the area you use it on. If the area is not moist at all, make sure you wet it with a mister in order to moisten the area. Dampening the area will lower the risk of the sports drifting into the air and going into other rooms.

In order to destroy the sports that are remaining, you need to clean the area with a good disinfectant. The spores are extremely small and you may not be able to see it on the surface for months, so make sure you clean the entire area. Also, during black mold removal, make sure you use a mask and heavy gloves.

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Buying Organic

Do you ever wonder why some people promote organic foods over non-organic foods? Or, why should we buy “natural” and environmentally friendly products? I used to, but the message finally got through. Now I'm one of those “people”.

What finally started making sense to me was that “organic”, “natural”, and “environmentally friendly” was better for me and others, for the planet. Why? Because the fewer pollutants you put into yourself, the water, the land, and the air, the healthier everything is.

Why would I want to pollute my body with plastics and poisons, or my house with that either? I would not. I do not want to, so I'm cutting back on poisons and ramping up on healthy options.

I do not like not being able to drink the water or breathe the air because of pollutants and junk that others have put there. Having the ground so polluted or stripped of life that it will not support life is a total drag too. The choices I make will slowly trickle down so that the people who do the polluting will stop. If more of us make those choices the trickle will become a stream, then a river and a torrent so the change will happen faster and further afield. That's my theory, anyway.

Buying organic is becoming a lifestyle choice for me. I'm not just talking about buying organic food, I'm talking about the variety of organic products that I buy for our lives, things that should be organic or natural (not made of petroleum-based) ingredients. Environmental awareness is part of the issue at stake here.

You may be thinking, “What are you talking about, lady!”, And I would not blame you. So let me give you a start on the kinds of items I buy that are organic, or natural.

  • personal hygiene items like shampoo, soap, toothpaste / powder, lip balm, and deodorant
  • fabric; sheets and towels, as well as clothes I buy or make – and I really like organic cotton
  • storage containers, esp in the kitchen
  • paint and finishes
  • flooring and counter tops
  • paper products, in the kitchen, bath and office

I buy organic food as I can, locally sourced is just as important to me, sometimes giving me a bit of a decision challenge. Here are the foods I buy that are local and organic:

  • grass fed beef
  • free-range (truly free-range) and organic chicken and eggs
  • grass fed pork
  • goat cheese
  • organic fruit like the peaches and apples

My greens and tomatoes are homegrown, using organic methods. I'm so, so spoiled with these delicious foods that the plan is to expand my production into a wider variety of vegetables.

Then there are the locally sourced foods we enjoy, though they may or may not be organic.

  • honey
  • Mouse's Chocolates
  • rum (well, we have not purchased this yet, but it's on our agenda)

Foods I enjoy that I'm not growing and have not found local I go to organic or wild on include:

  • berries, especially raspberries and blueberries
  • organic milk, cream, half and half
  • bananas
  • Alaska salmon

Where we're falling down is in foods My Bigger Half eats that I do not tend to eat, like rice and potatoes, frozen dinners, frozen fruits and vegetables, condiments, pasta, and canned goods. We do not buy organic chocolate, flour, butter and cheese, or avocados. We buy too many canned items (the BPA-lining scares me). Our list of purchases to improve on is a lot longer, but I'll spare you my pain.

Our cats have not started enjoying the benefit, yet, of our greener buying habits. That's going to start happening soon. Vitamins are another item we have not gone organic or locally sourced on either. And again, I think that's about to happen.

So what about other items? How do we buy organic computers or cell phones (and other electronics), kids toys (even the ones that adults use), furniture, appliances, etc? Good question, and one I'm not totally able to answer.

But I do try to be Energy Star appliances, recycle even my technology, avoid BPA in anything I buy (I wish I knew all the things it was tucked into), and buy natural fiber / materials furniture (that can mean buying antiques or used furniture). It's a process though, so I do fall down on my goals sometimes. It's a habit to go buy something new rather than look for used. It's not a solid habit yet for me to look at all the aspects of the item I'm buying to see if it fits my green ideas.

This website is all about how we, My Bigger Half and I, are getting greener, the mistakes we make, and the decisions we make that do not green us. Buying organic, natural food – especially if it's locally grown, is a priority for me. Getting smarter about eating healthy foods on a budget is a process, one I'm enjoying.

Yeah, I think buying organic is important to my health, and yours.

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Paper Cups: Dispose Of Them Without Guilt

Paper cups have become a necessary accessory for our hectic modern lifestyles. The sight of workplace bins overflowing with coffee paper cup waste could raise some questions about the environmental impact of this massive waste. But the fact is that these disposable cups are made by manufactures who are environmental conscious. Most of these paper products are manufactured from eco-friendly substances.

Research that has been conducted in the field suggests that paper cups are 100% recyclable. After use the products can be recycled into fibres for use in other paper products. We can even convert them into energy.

This news can certainly make users happy about grabbing a sandwich or a coffee neatly packed in a packaging made of paper. However afterwards make sure that you dispose of them in the proper recycling bins in order to avoid them just ending up in landfill.

Advantage of Using Paper Cups

Washing dishes is a time consuming and messy affair for businesses. When you use eco-friendly paper cups, plates or other accessories in your business you will end up with a lot less washing up, saving time and effort, not to mention arguments about who is and isn’t pulling their weight.

Disposing of paper disposable cups and plates is also easy. When you grab a coffee on the move, you don’t have to worry about disposing of the cup. You can find big dumpsters or bins out in the parking lots of most supermarkets where you are allowed to throw recyclable products. You can do the same with massive amount of recyclable paper product waste. This means you don’t have to talk to anyone, or pay any kind of fee to get rid of your waste in an environmental friendly manner.

Though paper plates and other accessories are recyclable, you need to take extra care to ensure that they are getting recycled properly. You can assign a certain bag or bin to collect every kind of recyclable material you use. When your container is all full, you can put them bin where they allow recyclable products.

How to Find a Paper Cup Supplier

Finding a good paper cup supplier is not that difficult. You can find a supplier in your locality by running an internet search. Some suppliers will allow you to buy cups online. You can usually also find the features and the details about the products that are used to manufacture disposable cups and plates from the website.

Cups and other disposable paper accessories are ideal for individual servings at all kinds of cafes and fast-food hubs. The shapes and designs of these products are attractive and you can also get custom printed products. Available in a wide variety of designs, textures, colours and sizes, disposable paper cups can be a useful solution.

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Lead Exposure: What You Need To Know

Lead pollution exists in the world around us. Most people have some amount of lead that they are exposed to on a daily basis. Some people, due to their living situations, occupations or hobbies, have more exposure than others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leads lead exposure to at risk if it is above 25 μg / dL in an adult and 10 μg / dL in a child.

What is a lead test like?

The lead test is performed at a doctor's office and consist of a drawing of blood from the arm. This blood is sent to a lab for the results. Either you will call the doctor's office for your results or a nurse or your doctor will call you with your results. The person giving the results will either say that you are “positive” or “negative” for lead poisoning.

When should my child get tested?

In 1991 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that all US children have their blood lead concentration measured at around 1 and 2 years. This is because these are the years when the lead concentrations increase and peak. Later, when lead levels fell nationwide, they changed the recommendation to have only children who are “at risk of elevated levels” to be tested.

Who is at risk?

As previously stated, lead exposure is ubiquitous but those who are at risk of high exposure are people living in older housing, that contains lead paint or in dirt around houses that contain deteriorated lead lead painting. Also, exposure to lead soldering in pipes in older plumbing can cause exposure. Additionally, some ceramics that contain lead can leach the lead into food that has been stored in these containers. Finally, lead can be present in the paint used in toys that are imported into the US.

Get your numbers.

It is very important to get the actual numbers of your lead exposure. Although under 10 μg / dL in a child is considered testing, “negative”, numbers approaching 10 μg / dL can cause significant IQ deficits. You will most likely need to ask the doctor what the actual numbers are for the lead exposure.

What happens if my child tests “positive” for lead exposure?

Firstly, the source of the contamination will need to be discovered and eliminated. After this is done, your child will require period retesting to verify that the lead levels in his or her blood has gone down until it is in a safe range. Once it is in a safe range, periodic testing is recommended to ensure stability of the lead levels.

Before becoming pregnant.

It is common knowledge that lead testing in toddlers is an important thing to do in order to prevent cognitive delays and neurological difficulties. It is less commonly known that lead can pass from a mother to an unborn child. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant and working in an industry that exposes you to lead, you should consider getting a leading screening test before becoming pregnant.

In summary, lead poisoning can be a serious thing for both children and adults. Keeping mindful of the sources of potential contamination can help as can period screening for lead levels in the body. The lead test is a minor test, requiring only a little bit of blood to ensure that you and your family are safe.

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Bacteria In Water Can Be Reduced 99.9% By Using A Home Water Purifier

In the US and other industrialized countries, a variety of disinfectants are used to kill algae and bacteria in water for drinking. While this greatly reduces the incidence of waterborne illnesses, it causes another long-term health problem.

When disinfectants of any kind react with bacterium or other living organisms, byproducts are created. For example, when chlorine or chloramines are used, trihalomethanes are created. Exposure to trihalomethanes is known to cause an increased risk of cancer. Researchers feel that exposure to any disinfection byproducts are accompanied by the same risks.

Trihalomethanes and other disinfection byproducts build up inside of the waterlines that lead to your home. When the waters are heated or boiled, the chemicals enter the air of your home. Initially, it was thought that the only risk was through consumption and that the risks were low. Now it is known that there is also a risk from inhalation and dermal absorption during baths or showers.

It is important to protect your health and your family's health from these chemicals. You can do that by installing a water purifier on your kitchen tap and another on your showerhead. You will need to check the company's product performance data to be sure the purifier removals trihalomethanes.

Public treatment facilities are required to notify consumers when bacteria water contamination is a threat. This is usually due to some kind of failure in the disinfecting process, although flooding and other natural disasters can cause the problem by overwhelming the system.

When you are informed of this kind of problem, you must boil everything that you drink or buy bottled. In my opinion, the only time you should buy bottled is during a natural disaster, when it is absolutely necessary. In all other situations, your own tap water is a healthier choice.

Bacteria water contaminations are reliably rare, but another illness-causing pathogen may be present in any source at any time. Facilities may not be able to notify their consumers in the event of cyst contamination, because it can happen at any time and they test on an infrequent basis.

Cysts can also be removed by home water purifiers that include a sub-micron filtration step. It is particularly important that people with weakened immune systems buy and install a water purifier that includes the necessary step, because the illness caused by the parasite can kill them.

That's what you need to know about bacteria in water. It's not usually something to worry about, but you do have to take steps to protect your health from the byproducts of disinfection.

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How Clean Is the Air in Your Home Right Now?

The National Institute of Environmental Health Services and the Environmental Protection Agency have published a whole host of studies indicating significant health hazards caused by air pollution. The studies focus on outdoor air pollution and the risks associated with it. Such as an increase in asthma rates among children, cardiovascular issues with the elderly and even proof of urban air pollutants crossing the placenta and harming cognitive abilities in unborn children.

The sense of fear these findings induce when the media gets a hold of them is substantial, usually causing people to opt for spending more time inside the home where the perceived air quality is cleaner and controllable. Unfortunately it is not quite as simple as closing the doors and windows to keep out the 'bad air'.

First let's look at items in the home that have potentially harmful emissions. Many furniture manufacturers use lumber treated with formaldehyde, which then release off-gases. Carpeting is commonly sprayed with formaldehyde as well, as it keeps rodents from making their nest in the carpeting while the roll sits in a warehouse. Many older homes contain asbestos and lead paint, critically dangerous substances proven to cause cancer and persistent brain damage.

The use of air fresheners and incense is a common habit for many people; however it is just not safe for our health. The chemicals in air fresheners contain ozone depleting substances, formaldehyde, ethylene based glycol and terpenes. Even natural incense can trigger asthma, dyspepsia and other respiratory difficulties.

So what can the average homeowner do to clear the air in the home without bringing in the polluted air from outside? To begin with, dispose of all the so-called air freshening products in the home including scented candles, sprays, plug in devices, oils, incense and anything else there may be.

Now investigate the home for asbestos and lead paint, but if you find evidence of either material DO NOT remove it yourself. Have professionals remove the harmful substances in a government approved manner. It may cost a little bit of money, but it is well worth the expense considering the harmful affects the lead and asbestos could be having on your family.

Now take a good look in the attic, crawlspaces, basements, window sills, ventilation cavities and anywhere else there may be moisture. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 75% of people who live in spaces with even a small amount of mold will develop asthma or Cardiopulmonary Disease. If there is mold found in the home, make sure all evidence of it is removed properly, then invest in the installation of closed cell spray foam insulation. The use of this kind of insulation is beneficial in so many ways, and not just for the health of those in the home.

First of all, the spray foam will seal up all the cracks and crevices where expensive cold air can see into the home, causing not only respiratory issues but increased heating costs. Second, spray foam insulation is mold and moisture resistant. Third, critters and insects do not dig out and make their homes in spray foam insulation because it is just too difficult. The mites, dust from feces, animal fur and dead skin cells from invading creatures will be prevented from entering the home's air system.

Few people would be willing to completely start from scratch and dispose of all old furniture and carpeting that has any chance of emitting harmful off gasses, and we are not suggesting that it is a viable option. However there are measures that can be taken. For example, keep the carpets clean and vacuum regularly. The more they are vacuumed, the more emissions will be removed. Use a machine with a HEPA filter so the particles are not just spit out into the environment again. Install high grade filters in your furnace, overhead stove fans and air conditioners, so the air pumped in and out of the home will be cleaner.

No one likes a home that smells like last night's dinner, and we have already discussed the harm that air fresheners can do to one's health, so how do you keep your home smelling fresh? The answer is in ventilation fans. As soon as you begin preparation for a meal, turn the hood fan on. The constant flushing out of the fumes from food will mean a much less odorous home at the end of the day.

The same is true when bathing. The best scenario is having a good bathroom fan with a timer. Turn the timer on for ten minutes each time the bathroom is used, and an hour for each time someone has a bath or shower. The fan will make sure the odors are vented out of the home, as well as the humidity – an important function in preventing mold and mildew.

There is no need to hide away in your home to avoid air pollution. In fact, it is important for all living animals to absorb vitamin D from the sun. Get outside and enjoy the sun and nature, then return to the clean air of your home. You can not control the air outside, but you can reduce the harmful emissions that are in your home. If you plan to build a house, use Radon resistant materials and other environmentally responsible products. There are ways to make your indoor air quality better, it just takes planning.

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If Arsenic Drinking Water Contamination Is Present – Use A Home Water Purifier

Arsenic drinking water contamination is a problem that has received a lot of attention recently. Recent studies have shown that exposure to even moderate levels of the poisonous metalloid greatly increases a person's risk of heart disease. Here are some FAQs about the subject.

Why Is Arsenic In Water?

In some cases, it is naturally present in groundwater because of underground mineral and metal deposits. It is an element of volcanic ash, which means that surface water may be contaminated with it as well.

In fact, there is so much of the metalloid in our waters that the most common source of exposure is through eating seafood. Like mercury and other contaminants, arsenic-traces build up in the tissues and organs of fish and seafood. They build up in our bodies, too.

The compound is also found in wood preservatives, rubber, insecticides, fungicides and anti-bacterial agents. It is commonly added to animal food to prevent disease and stimulate growth. For example, about 70% of all chickens grow in the US are fed roxarsone, an arsenic-derivative.

Compounds derived from it are used in drugs, tracks of which end up in our waters. It is sometimes present in plumbing fixtures and as the fixtures degrade, the poison is released into the tap-water.

To think that some amount of the poison would not be present in our freshwater and our homes is naïve. It's everywhere.

What are the Risks of Exposure?

At high doses, it causes death. It's a poison. Symptoms of poisoning including header, vomiting, dirrhea, confusion and convulsions.

Contact with pesticides containing it can cause brain damage. When it becomes airborne and is inhaled, it irritates the lungs.

Consumption of small amounts over the course of one's life increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. The same is true of the heavy metal lead. The long-term risks of exposure to the two are similar.

In areas where there is known to be arsenic in water supplies, the cancer rate is higher. The World Health Organization has estimated that some 57 million people are at risk, because the amount present in their drinking water is higher than 10 parts per billion, an accepted standard for safety. Other estimates say the number of people affected is closer to 80 million.

A study conducted in Wisconsin, where the natural concentration is relatively high, showed that exposure to the compound was accompanied by an increased risk of skin cancer, even at levels below 10 parts per billion. An increased risk of bladder cancer is also associated with consumption.

The concentration of arsenic in water commonly found in the US suppresses immune system function, making people more susceptible to viruses and other kinds of infections.

What Can We Do to Protect Our Families?

If poisoning is suspected, one should see a doctor immediately. Chelation therapy can remove the metalloid from the body.

To prevent poisoning and reduce the risks associated with consumption, point-of-use home water purifiers are recommended.

There are several methods that effectively address the arsenic drinking water pollution problem.

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Unsafe Drinking Water Can Be Fixed By Using A Home Water Purifier

Unsafe drinking water can make you ill very quickly or it can damage your health over time. In the US and most industrialized countries, we do not have to worry too much about illness. Government regulations help protect us from bacteria and other illness-causing pathogens. But, we do have to worry about the contaminants that can damage our long-term health.

According to the Environmental Working Group, exposure to small amounts of toxins on a regular basis places a burden on the organs of our body. The burden on the organs responsible for cleansing our blood is particularly great. The liver and kidneys suffer.

The burden placed on our bodies may increase our risk of cancer. Numerous studies have shown that people exposed to chemicals typically found in public drinking water supplies are more likely to develop certain kinds of cancer.

The risks are even higher in certain areas, because known carcininogens like benzene have been found in test samples. Benzene contamination could have been due due to industrial activity.

Herbicides and pesticides are toxic chemicals and their use is definitely widespread. Those chemicals, like everything else, eventually end up in the water supply.

No matter where you live, you could have unsafe water in your home, because of parasitic cysts. They will make you sick. Continued treatment facilities best efforts, they can not guarantee that cysts are not present.

Traces of lead and copper are problems in many homes. The metals are leached from pipes and fittings. In most areas, chlorine is used as a disinfectant.

Chlorine is corrosive. It breaks down even more lead and copper. Copper is not dangerous at low levels, but no amount of exposure to lead is considered safe.

Luckily, there are things we can do to turn unsafe water into something safe to drink. All we have to do is select an effective home water purifier . The better ones will remove all kinds of chemicals, traces of lead and parasitic cysts.

They are affordable and should be present in any home.

You might think that buying bottled is a better solution. Bottled beverages are regulated by the FDA. They may be even less safe than the publicly treated supply. The allowable bacterial count is higher. The liquid may be contaminated with cysts. And the bottles themselves are a source of chemical contamination.

When you have a good home water purifier, you do not have to worry about unsafe drinking water and you save a lot of money by not buying bottled.

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Are Pesticides In My Drinking Water Harmful?

Pesticides in your water can most certainly be harmful. The levels found in some test samples are much higher than what the EPA has deemed safe.

The Environmental Working Group is one of the leading consumer advocates for increased government regulations and higher standards for drinking water. In February, he tested before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The major problems he cited included:

Public treatment facilities, pipes and other infrastructure are aged in many areas-this problem allows lead to see into public supplies

Disinfectants used to protect the public from waterborne illnesses break down to form toxic cancer-causing substances

No standards have been set for known toxins such as perchlorate, an element of rocket fuel, or PFOA and PFOS, toxins found in cleaners and stain removers

Public facilities can not always afford to conduct testing or take the necessary steps to remove contaminants

The last problem mentioned is the reason that high levels of pesticides have been found flowing out of the taps of homes and businesses across the US. You may be wondering why there are pesticides in our water in the first place.

Where Do They Come From?

Agricultural runoff is the main culprit. The locations with the highest levels were those around the Corn Belt and other industrial type farms. Some of the pesticides come from individual homeowners and landscapers. Anything you spray on a lawn will eventually end up in the water supply.

Another source is local governments. They spray for illness-causing mosquitoes and the residue ends up in our freshwater. Since mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile and malaria, it is important to keep the population under control. But until safer pesticides are developed, consumers need to be aware that these chemicals protect their health in some ways, but damage it in others. Currently, there are no consumer warnings about the potential health threats.

What are the Health Threats?

The specific threat depends on the specific pesticide used. In most cases, the poison is a kind of neurotoxin. Neurotoxins damage brain cells and nerve endings. The biggest risk may be to developing embryos. Due to their mother's exposure, they may have learning disabilities or ADHD. Several recent studies made that connection.

Cancer is a possible health threat from practically any environmental toxin. The chemicals are free radicals that enter the body and cause cellular mutations. The greater a person's exposure, the greater his or her risk of developing cancer at some future point.

What about Other Toxins?

Let us not forget about the other toxins mentioned in the above. Disinfection byproducts are known to increase a person's risk of cancer. Perchlorate is known to interfere with normal glandular function. Even chlorine is a toxin. Anything that kills bacteria is a poison.

What Can We Do?

Petitioning the government to make changes is the job the EWG has undertaken. On a personal level, it is up to the individual homeowner to be informed about the toxins in the local supply and how to remove them before the family consumes them. In my next article, you will learn how a homeowner can remove toxins like pesticides.

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Asbestos Is Still an Issue

Starting in the 1800s, asbestos was widely used in the manufacturing and construction industries due to a variety of desirable attributes. The product offered a number of benefits and very few initial drawbacks. For a young United States, who was just waking to its industrial and commercial potential, asbestos offered solutions to a series of problems. Unfortunately, as is now well known, it would have been revealed that this substance is just as dangerous as it is helpful. Asbestos exposure can lead to very serious, and often even fatal, health problems. It has become almost synonymous with toxicity. While steps have been taken to less this danger to the current and future generations, asbestos is not a subject strictly for the history books. It can still be found in select buildings or products. Rarely a month goes by when it does not appear in the news, typically in the realm of a law suit.

Initially, asbestos seemed like a godsend. As a product, it is strong, durable, and not easily flammable. At a time when fire was still one of the greatest threats to a city, asbestos could serve as flame-safe insulation for massive building projects. It also displays desirable effects for dampening sound and maintaining temperature from wall to wall. Beyond buildings, asbestos has also been widely used in manufacturing equipment, shipbuilding, and even the automotive industry. Its use had not even begun to curtail until the negative health effects thought about by exposure became much clearer during the 1970s.

It would not be until after half of the twenty century that the massive downside of asbestos was discovered. Mesothelioma is a rare, but extremely dangerous, form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos inhalation. In fact, it is actually quite rare (but not unnecessarily impossible) to contract the disease without prolonged exposure to asbestos related products. Despite the gamut of treatments available, the prognosis for patients with Mesothelioma is not particularly good. Early stages of Mesothelioma are possibly curable if caught in time, but later stages are still considered a death sentence. Because of difficulties involved in screening for the disease, it does not always present itself until the latter stages.

So, knowing now what we did not know then, asbestos as been eradicated from our homes and workplaces, right? The answer to that question would be no. Despite the danger presented, asbestos is not strictly an issue of the past. While most countries, including the United States, have passed bills limiting or banning its use going forward, it is still found in numerous constructions that took place prior to any regulation. It simply is not feasible or practical to go through every structure with a fine toothed looking for the cancer causing substance. And, truth be told, if it is properly contained and not exposed to the ventilation systems, the amount of danger present is somewhat lessened. However, whenever renovating or having areas of a building being opened up that had not previously been exposed; great care should be taken to ensure that asbestos is not potential factor for workers or future residents. Should asbestos be an issue, there are a variety of agencies and / or companies that can help with the problem.

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10 Plants That Can Clean Your Air

Above all, plants help control floods and landslides, and provide us shelter from the heat of the sun. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen to help make our atmosphere clean. Sometimes, growing plants and maintaining them can be quite difficult, but you bought to grow plants that provide beneficial effects There are many plants that we can grow at home that can make our air clean.

Area Palm (Dypsis lutiscens)
Also known as the Golden Cane Palm or Butterfly Palm, this plant is considered as one of the best houseplants for purifying air inside your home. It releases sufficient amounts of moisture into the air while continuously removing toxic substances from the air.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
This flowering plant is also a good air purifier. Also known as Spath, it cleanses toxins from the air coming from pesticides, adhesives and other chemical products. It has the ability to get rid of the volatile organic compound (VOC) benzene, found in paints, polishes and wax. However, this plant, when indigested by humans and animals, is mildly toxic.

Lady Palm (Rhapisexcelsa)
This tree-like plant is very easy to grow, as it can be stored in dry and moist areas. Furthermore, it is able to resist plant insects. It is not effective on removing Formaldehyde, but it does a great job in getting rid of ammonia, a chemical found in textiles, dyes and cleaners which are all harmful to the respiratory system.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Aside from its distinctive durability and resilience, bamboo is a well-known plant that is effective at removing formaldehyde in the atmosphere which helps maintain clean and fresh air in your home. It also makes a good ornamental plant, which can be used as a centerpiece.

Boston Fern (Nephroledis exalta)
This fern features feather-like leaves that look very attractive as a hanging plant. It is a very effective air-purifying plant that removes formaldehyde at a faster rate compared with other plants.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)
This is a climbing vine with heart-shaped leaves. It effectively absorbs Formaldehyde produced from synthetic dyes and resins which are harmful to humans and pets.

Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema x grandiflorum)
This beautiful flowering plant does not only make your home attractive, because it helps maintain the air in your home cleaner and fresher. It can also filter pollutants from the air coming from smoke. Just be careful not to ingest this plant since it is quite poisonous.

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
Famous for its therapeutic and medicinal qualities, this healing plant can also eliminate formaldehyde but at a lesser rate compared with other plants.

Red-Edge Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
This plant gets rid of gases coming from most sealers, varnishes and lacquers that are toxic and harmful to the respiratory system. Having this plant indoors, however, requires a high ceiling because it can grow tall.

Snake Plant (Sanseviera trifasciata)
Also known as the mother-in-law tongue, this plant produces a lot of oxygen especially at night. This helps reduce carbon dioxide and increases oxygen inside the house.

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Hydroponic Nutrients: The Basics

Knowing which hydroponic nutrients to use with your plants is the key to making sure that they not only survive but thrive. Many people do not know where to start. This is because most people are more familiar with growing plants using soil. By testing the ph levels and acid levels of the soil in which they are growing their plants, they can then consult with someone at their favorite lawn and garden store to get the optimum fertilizers and other needed additives to ensure a healthy and productive crop.

Following those same types of guidelines you can visit hydroponic stores. Their staff will be very knowledgeable in which types of hydroponic fertilizers, as well as other elements, can be used with the particular plants that you are growing. This is very important information to have since the wrong blend of hydroponic nutrients can prove to be a disastrous mix for your plants. On the other hand, the right mixture can mean that you will have a prized crop.

Like traditional growing with soil, growing plants in water involves making sure that you have a system in place for controlling fungus and gnats. The effects that these pests can have on your plants can be devastating to their survival. In addition, if you use the wrong types of treatments for your particular type of plants, you can see your whole crop die out. For this reason, it is imperative to consult with hydroponic stores that have a highly skilled staff who has experience in these matters.

Many people used advanced nutrients when it comes to making sure that their plants thrive in a robust manner. These are like super charged nutrients that are designed to offer your plants even more nutrition in a few key areas. They are very popular among most people who grow plants in this way. Coco peat is a material that is popular with people who grow plants in a hydroponic way. Made from coconut husks that are discarded by companies in other industries, coco peat is a material that can easily be reused up to three times. It can not be easily over watered. For this reason, it makes an ideal delivery system of a number of hydroponic nutrients. It can also remove the nitrogen from the water if that is necessary in order to stabilize the environment so that the plants can thrive in a better way.

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All About Hydroponic Nutrients

Since growing plants using hydroponics involves growing them without using soil, the hydroponic nutrients you use are of particular importance. It is important to purchase the products that you need to successfully grow your plants in this manner from hydroponic stores. These stores will be able to provide you with the advanced nutrients you need for your plants to thrive in a healthy manner.

A key component that has become a staple in this method of growing plants are hydroponic fertilizers. Unlike traditional materials that are used for this purpose, you must carefully choose the materials based on factors such as how well they are at controlling fungus and gnats. These pests can make it difficult for your plants to thrive in their watery environment.

Coco peat is just such a material. It is virtually fungus free. In addition, it can be mixed with a variety of different other materials, including fertilizers, to make an ideal environment for growing plants using water. Coco peat can actually be reused so that very fact extends its usefulness in a manner that is essentially unmatched by other materials. For this reason, it makes an ideal medium for distributing advanced nutrients.

Available at hydroponic stores, hydroponic nutrients provide for the unique needs of plants that must extract all of the things that are necessary for their growth from the water that their roots grow in. By purchasing these items from a store that specializes in them, you can be sure that you are getting exactly what your plants need in order to thrive. These specialists also know that traditional types of elements will not work in this situation.

Although you can mix up your own elements, this is best left to a highly knowledgeable person who has a number of years in the success of growing plants in this manner. Even these people still consult with the highly trained specialists that work with these nutrients at hydroponic stores on a daily basis. They are your first line of support when you have a question about which product is right for your particular situation.

In addition, the staff at a store such as this will be able to help you trouble shoot any issues that you might find that arise as you move on further in your quest to help your plants thrive in a watery environment rather than in the traditional soil laden environment that most people are more familiar with.

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Hydroponic Nutrients: What You Need To Know

Before you get started growing plants using only water as a delivery method for their needs, you must find out that you can about hydroponic nutrients. These are particularly mixed elements that made so that your plants will grow in the manner in which you want them to. These materials will need to be contained in specially designed hydroponic fertilizers. These complicated chemical blends will need to contain exact amount of the necessary elements or else you will likely not be successful with your venture of growing plants in this manner.

While you may be tempted to mix these ingredients on your own, you would be wise to consult with hydroponic stores in order to find the products that contain the necessary elements. Such stores will carry a large variety of different mixtures since the same mixtures will not be ideal for the growth of different plants. If you do not have the knowledge to realize what your plants need in order to thrive, you will be wasting your time as well as your money. In addition, you will become very frustrated that you are not being successful in your venture. By using advanced nutrients, you can ensure that your plants will succeed. Much like regular hydroponic nutrients, these super charged nutrients contain all that your plants need in order to thrive. However, they also contain extra amounts of other ingredients that your plants will really respond to. They will make your plants bloom in a much better manner than if you do not use them.

In addition, these elements help to maintain the correct pH levels of the water that your plants are growing in. This is a very important part of growing plants in this manner. If your water is not at the optimum nutrient level, then your plants will begin to suffer. Advanced nutrients will also help your plants to develop much stronger roots. This stronger root system will help you to yield a larger harvest as well. In addition, you could experience thicker foliage that is more plentiful. All of these improvements will help your plants to thrive in this type of environment and they will produce more for you as well. By using such materials like coco peat to help in controlling the fungus and gnats that are often inevitable when it comes to growing plants, you will not experience the stunted growth that can sometimes result from these.

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The Safe Drinking Water Act – Does It Really Provide Safe Drinking Water?

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) signed into law by US President Gerald Ford on December 16, 1974. Since then, the law has been amended several times. In most cases, the amendments were created to provide additional protection for the public and to ensure that the public is informed about contaminant levels. There is one exception.

In 2005, the SDWA was amended to exclude hydraulic fracturing, a process used in drilling for natural gas. The process has caused a variety of problems for home owners. In Texas, minor earthquakes have been linked directly to the practice, but the main concern is contamination of wells.

Hydraulic fracturing fractures in rocks benefit the ground. The process makes it easier for companies to get the natural gas and to get more of it. Some type of fluid is injected into the fraction, along with sand or another material that will hold the fraction open.

One of the problems is that the gas companies will not disclose the materials used in the process. According to a PBS documentary, the materials used by the gas companies include toxins, carcinogens, explosive gases and heavy metals.

In Colorado and Pennsylvania, the contaminants mentioned in the film have been found in wells. Benzene is one example of a cancer-causing chemical that has been found in wells in Colorado. The cause of the benzene contamination is hydraulic fracturing.

An attempt was made in 2009 to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing, but the bill was not signed into law.

The SDWA cave the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to create maximum contaminant levels for public systems, test samples for contaminants and require providers to correct the problems when they are found. If the industry is found to be the cause of contamination, the EPA can fine the company and require them to pay for cleaning up the mess, but since companies use hydraulic fracturing are exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is powerless.

In 2010, the Agency found arsenic, copper, vanadium and adamantane in groundwater near hydraulic fracturing operations. The EPA also found methane gas in underground aquifers in Pennsylvania.

A 2011 study conducted by Duke University established a clear link between drilling for natural gas and methane contamination of groundwater through the area known as the Marcellus Formation, which includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The Safe Drinking Water Act currently provides little protection from the contamination that can result from hydraulic fracturing.

The process is not used only in the US. Contamination of groundwater in Australia, Canada and other parts of the world has been linked to drilling for natural gas. Furthermore, hydraulic fracturing is not the only industry that causes freshwater contamination. Even if governments were able to ban the practice, there would still be chlorine in most public sources and paths of lead in most homes.

It's not a good idea to rely on the Safe Drinking Water Act or any other regulation to protect your family.

Some of the home water purifiers available today can protect us from all types of contaminants. That's something we can rely on.

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