Chinese Drywall, The Newest Threat Among Construction-related Health Hazards

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Advanced Drying & Environmental Technologies offers cutting edge treatment for lead paint and other health related structural issues.

Lead paint is a common problem in many older homes

Chinese drywall is a relatively new problem, with about 500 million pounds of defective drywall entering the United States following the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.

The buildings that we live and work in provide a measure of comfort and security, amenities that may be seriously compromised with the discovery of health hazards such as lead paint, asbestos or Chinese drywall. Advanced Drying & Environmental Technologies offers services designed to detect and combat these serious structural issues.

Lead paint may be found extensively in homes built prior to 1980, including approximately 38 million residential buildings until its use was banned in 1978. The dust created as a byproduct of lead based paint is the single most common source of lead poisoning. It is extremely toxic to children under the age of six, affecting brain and nervous system functions, as well as causing learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Lead exposure may also result in high blood pressure and hypertension in adults.

ADET addresses the problem of lead based paint through the use of cutting edge technology such as HEPA (High Energy Particulate Absorption) filter vacuums that trap the lead residue and collects it for proper disposal. The area is then cleaned with a HEPA equipped vacuum unit, followed by a wash of the affected area with a concentrated solution. A final test is determined to make sure all dangerous elements have been eliminated.

Asbestos is another holdover from earlier years of construction, which may result in fatal consequences. Typically found in pipe coverings or “jackets”, as well as duct work and insulation, asbestos exposure may result in cancer of the lungs, scarring of the lungs, lung disease, or respiratory cancer. Patching plaster and drywall compounds remained on the US market as recently as 1979.    

ADET’s asbestos abatement process again utilizes the HEPA technology combined with state of the art negative air pressure systems to pull air out of the infected area and trap any airborne fibers. Clean air is pulled from outside, resulting in a complete change of air several times over the course of a few hours. Asbestos containing materials must be kept wet to avoid further airborne fiber problems, and all waste is disposed of in approved containers for removal to an approved facility.

Chinese drywall is a relatively new problem, with about 500 million pounds of defective drywall entering the United States following the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. While the cause of the defective drywall has never been officially determined, elemental sulfur is the chief problem found, resulting in smells resembling rotten eggs or burnt matches, accompanies by physical issues such as headaches or irritation of the eyes. It is highly recommended by the Consumer Products Safety Commission that property owners get rid of any contaminated Chinese drywall in their homes.

ADET uses high intensity air quality testing for the presence of volatile organic compounds that may affect humans. Suspect drywall will be removed and replaced with new, uncontaminated drywall. The procedure is designed to protect the insulation, framing, and wiring, removing only the elements that pose a serious threat.

Advanced Drying & Environmental Technologies offers 24/7/365 emergency service, providing water damage restoration, mold removal, and repair of fire and smoke damage, using state-of -the-art drying equipment such trailer mounted generators and desiccants for larger commercial jobs and crawlspaces.

ADET services the Atlanta GA and Jacksonville FL markets.

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