Will Soy Candles be the Leader to Light the Future?

Written by Brian F Connors

Ahhhh,repparttar scent and sight of a burning paraffin wax candle andrepparttar 110076 appealing ambiance that it floats throughout a room! One may think that this scenario is innocence in its purest sense. There is, after all, that cozy feeling which makes one give thought to everything that’s good in this world. That is until you takerepparttar 110077 time to get acquainted withrepparttar 110078 darker side ofrepparttar 110079 world of paraffin wax candles.

Did you know that paraffin is a petroleum by-product which means that paraffin wax may be a risk torepparttar 110080 well-being of your health? How is that, you ask? Well after petroleum is processed into gasoline, kerosene, motor oil, diesel and other fuels,repparttar 110081 excess waste is then used inrepparttar 110082 production of paraffin which contains harmful toxins and carcinogens. Hmmmm.

The black soot buildup on your walls, ventilating system, furniture and so forth after burning paraffin wax candles is similar in composition to diesel soot. This dirty matter makes a deposit of unwanted and dangerous pollutants into our homes that endangersrepparttar 110083 health and welfare of family, pets, and ourselves when breathed into our collective lungs. Studies have shown that cancer-causing agents released by paraffin wax candles are just as toxic as second hand cigarette smoke and can cause damage torepparttar 110084 heart, lungs, circulatory system and nervous system. This is not a good thing.

Why then have scented candle sales increased to over 2 billion dollars annually overrepparttar 110085 last decade according torepparttar 110086 National Candle Association? I’m not sure but I’d hazard a guess thatrepparttar 110087 mesmerizing glow and soothing fragrances are part of why seven out of every ten households burn candles regularly.

Here’s a question, though, that I’d like to pose to anyone that subscribes torepparttar 110088 rules of common sense. It’srepparttar 110089 one that your parents or teachers of yesteryear asked whenrepparttar 110090 majority was acting in an intellectually challenged way. I’ll paraphrase it here : “If everyone was jumping off a cliff, would you dorepparttar 110091 same thing?” The same thing holds for paraffin wax candles but what alternatives are there to break this dangerous habit?

Ten Steps to Avoid Mold Problems and Lawsuits in the Rental of Residential and Commercial Real Estate

Written by Phillip Fry

Real estate residential and commercial landlords, tenants, and rental agents inrepparttar USA, Canada, and worldwide should take ten steps to avoid mold problems and lawsuits inrepparttar 110075 rental of real estate properties, according to Phillip Fry, Certified Mold Inspector and author ofrepparttar 110076 books Mold Legal Guide and Mold Health Guide.

Living or working in rental units that contain elevated levels of airborne mold spores and/or substantial mold growth infestation can cause very severe (and sometimes permanent) health problems torepparttar 110077 tenants.

Landlords have ethical and legal obligations to tenants to provide an environmentally safe, habitable living space (residential rentals) or workplace (office and commercial rentals). Those obligations go unmet when a rental unit is mold-infested.

Landlords may have potential and substantial legal liability to tenants for such compensatory damages as: expenses for medical mold diagnostic and treatment procedures, loss of earnings, mold damage to tenants' clothing and personal property, higher rent differential ifrepparttar 110078 tenants need to move to a mold-safe place, moving expenses, any tenant-paid expenses (such as mold inspection, testing, and remediation ofrepparttar 110079 rental unit and tenant possessions), and punitive damages (jury-awarded).

A Hayward, California, jury in 2004 awarded $4 million dollars in damages because of mold infestation and other substandard living conditions on behalf of 124 past and present tenants of an apartment building whose owner failed to do proper mold remediation and maintenance ofrepparttar 110080 mold-infested apartments. Take these ten steps forrepparttar 110081 mutual well-being of bothrepparttar 110082 landlord andrepparttar 110083 tenants---

1. A property owner or manager should not even offerrepparttar 110084 property for rent until after a thorough mold inspection and mold testing ofrepparttar 110085 entire rental building or of individual rental units (prior to rental) determines thatrepparttar 110086 property is mold-safe for tenants to live or work in.

2. Hire a Certified Mold Inspector (USA and Canada) for an annual property mold inspection and mold testing, or at least use a do-it-yourself mold inspection checklist and mold test kits for a thorough mold examination and evaluation ofrepparttar 110087 rental building.

3. If there has been a plumbing line break or leak, roof or siding leaks, flooding, storm damage, or other water intrusion problems,repparttar 110088 building should be thoroughly and promptly mold inspected, tested, and remediated as part ofrepparttar 110089 water damage repairs and restoration.

4. If mold inspection and testing uncovers visible or hidden mold problems,repparttar 110090 property owner or manager should immediately do safe and effective mold removal and remediation. Hire a Certified Mold Remediator (USA and Canada), or followrepparttar 110091 recommended steps for safe and effective do-it-yourself mold remediation. Re-inspect and re-test (“clearance testing”)repparttar 110092 building after remediation.

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