Hazardous materials are not limited to crime scenes and asbestos. Hazardous materials fall under a broad category of materials that can make you extremely ill if you come into contact with them. Most hazardous materials have laws and regulations for removal and disposal. Colorado Hazardous Environmental will list some of the more common types of hazardous materials and why you should never remove them yourself!

Mold

Mold growth often occurs from leaks and water damages. Mold loves to grow in wet and dark areas of your home or business. Most mold growth occurs between walls, in crawlspaces, attics, and basements. Unfortunately, you will not know you have a mold problem until it has begun to grow. Mold stains occur after mold has begun to breed and cause overgrowth. Mold is very dangerous to your health and can cause severe respiratory problems. If all mold is not removed from a property, it will continue to grow. This is why it is important to hire a professional mold remediation company.

Lead Paint

The lead was used in paints for decades and could still be in newer homes. Some construction companies are still using older paint they have bought, meaning it could have lead. Even if your older home has had a remodel, likely, the lead paint was just painted over with a newer coat. Lead poisoning is most common in children, pregnant women, and the elderly. It can cause developmental problems and major illnesses to the elderly.

Asbestos

Asbestos fibers have been used in products for years. Older homes are more likely to contain asbestos, but some newer homes have asbestos-containing materials. The best way to determine if your property has asbestos is through testing. You should never remove asbestos, as it can cause mesothelioma, respiratory problems, and lung cancer. Call a professional!

Biohazards

Murder, death, suicide, and crime scenes are often kept silent but happen many times during a day. If your property was involved in any of the above, call a professional. They have the proper equipment to safely remove blood, tear gas, and other items involved.

Pest Infestations

Rats and other rodents can quickly destroy your home, but they can also leave behind diseases in their urine and feces. Rodents can track their own bodily fluids throughout your home without you knowing. Rodents are known to carry viruses and bacteria that can enter your body and make you extremely ill. If you have a rodent infestation, call a professional to remove them and clean the area.