Author: Lisa Zierfuss

Do You Have What it Takes?

Shurtape is seeking up to three HVAC students to participate in the fourth year of the Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program. Selected students for 2018 will have the opportunity to: Participate in HVAC-themed missions to further their knowledge of the industry Network with educators and industry professionals to help jump-start their careers Earn up to $5,000 in scholarship to put towards the cost of their education Are you up for the challenge? Apply today. Learn more about Mission: HVAC and our commitment to education at Shurtape.com, and check out the missions completed by the 2017 program participants here...

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How are abatement tapes used for mold remediation?

There’s no getting around it: mold is unpleasant. It’s ugly and stinky and can wreak havoc on your health. Often caused by flooding or other sources of excess moisture, mold is notorious for causing unsightly staining on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces while creating unsafe living conditions due to the hazard of breathing in airborne spores. Due to the health risks associated with prolonged exposure to high concentrations of mold, removing it is best left to abatement and restoration professionals. The first thing that needs to be done before severe mold can be cleaned up is to prevent it...

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How are abatement tapes used in crime scenes?

Would we really know it’s a crime scene without the bright yellow barricade tape lining the perimeter? While it is iconic of crime dramas and action movies, police tape printed with “Caution” or “Do Not Cross” is actually the same material that is often used by abatement and remediation professionals on the job. Barricade tapes are used in crime scenes by law enforcement to protect the integrity of the crime scene while evidence is being collected, as well as to protect both the officers and investigators at the scene and any passersby or curious onlookers from dangerous materials. Bright...

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How are abatement tapes used for asbestos removal?

While the use of asbestos as a building material in homes and buildings has been banned for several decades, many structures that contain the fibrous mineral have remained. Although not harmful unless the fibers become airborne, asbestos has been known to cause a number of deadly lung diseases in those exposed to the dusty particles. Since asbestos poses a significant health threat, removal requires professional abatement. The most critical component of asbestos abatement is building an airtight containment to prevent the dangerous particles from escaping into the outside air or other uncontaminated areas. Once they have put on the...

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How are abatement tapes used for fire restoration?

After a fire, building damage can be devastating and overwhelming to clean up. Even after the flames have been extinguished, remaining smoke and ash can set into walls, furniture, and other items, causing deterioration and staining. However, the damage caused by a fire doesn’t stop at ash and smoke. Water damage is often an issue following a fire being put out by firefighters. In this case, masking off damaged areas is important to contain hazards such as mold that can occur due to excess moisture. Using a reliable abatement tape or tapes is essential to creating an airtight containment...

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