Monday, 30 December 2013

How Indoor Air Pollution Works


Sometimes just looking out your window at all the pollution may be enough to make you shun the outdoors. But what's inside may be even worse. Indoor air pollution, the degradation of indoor air quality by harmful chemicals and other materials, can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. This is because contained areas enable pollutants to build up more than open spaces do. If you consider that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors and 65% inside their homes in particular, you can see why indoor air pollution is an important issue. Some of the side effects caused by indoor air pollution are little worse than those of the common cold but long-term exposure can lead to a coma, lung cancer, and even death. For full article follow link http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/tips/indoor-air-pollution.htm At EcoSolve we know how important the air quality in your home truly is for you and your family. That's why all EcoSolve products are free from harsh chemicals that can release toxic fumes into your home. Truly fume free paint and coating removal has never been possible until now! Our patented water based technology allows our products to soften and penetrate coatings without chemically reacting or heating the coating releasing harmful fumes into the air. For more info on EcoSolve and our great removal products visit our website  http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ 

We care about your air!
  Tough Not Toxic

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

How To Remove Textured "Popcorn" Ceilings


Textured popcorn ceilings went out of style years ago, but many older homes—and some new ones—still have them. While taking down a textured ceiling is not that difficult, it can be a messy job that requires work and special safety precautions.

Hazards

There are two potential problems that can turn removing a textured ceiling into a DIY nightmare:
  • Asbestos: Acoustic texture manufactured before 1980 may contain asbestos and should be tested before being removed. While it doesn’t pose a health risk if left in place, removing a ceiling containing asbestos can stir up the fibers and cause them to become trapped in your lungs. 
  • Painted Ceiling: Another potential problem that can make removing a popcorn ceiling much more difficult is if paint has been applied over the texture. This prevents the texture from absorbing water, which is necessary to loosen the material. 
More information about the dangers of Asbestos in Your Home can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency website. For testing instructions to determine if your ceiling has been painted follow link for details and full article for removal of unpainted textures. http://www.todayshomeowner.com/removing-textured-popcorn-ceilings/

This article has some great tips on prep, asbestos testing and texture removal for unpainted surfaces. But the suggestions for painted texture removal I would highly recommend against. "While a painted textured ceiling can be removed, it usually requires the application of a chemical stripper to breakdown the paint barrier." DON'T DO IT!!! Using chemical strippers inside your home is extremely hazardous to you and your families health. Most chemical strippers are toxic and contain carcinogenic cancer causing substances.

EcoSolve Americas has the solution for safe painted textured coating removal with X-Tex Textured Coating Remover. Finally a water based fume free texture remover that is completely safe to use indoors. X-Tex has a no drip gel that can penetrate multiple layers of paint and texture coatings with less mess and no health hazards. X-Tex has a wet working system that keeps material being removed wet for a dust free removal experience. Visit the EcoSolve website for more info on X-Tex and where to buy! http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ Watch the latest how to You Tube video by EcoSolve to see X-Tex removing textured wall coatings! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZbXcac0jR4

 These types of Do It Yourself projects can save you money and increase the value of your home. The work is easier than you think and extremely rewarding. Removing textured coatings from your home is a great way to change and update the look of your home! Thanks for reading subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog for more great posts and we'll see you next time! 
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Thursday, 31 October 2013

EcoSolve Attends 2013 TAGS Conference in Nanaimo



  The Anti Graffiti Symposium (TAGS) is an annual conference open to individuals working for municipalities, law-enforcement agencies, departments of justice, schools, community groups, businesses and other agencies affected by and working to prevent, reduce graffiti vandalism and increase criminal and civil enforcement efforts. The City of Nanaimo RCMP detachment was proud to be hosting Tags 2013. This years line up of keynote speakers covered every aspect of graffiti from prevention and youth education programs, law enforcement procedures and practices, to clean-up programs at all levels from city abatement to community.


    TAGS was initiated in 2005 by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). VPD had the first two-member unit in Canada mandated to investigate graffiti crimes on a full-time basis. This unit identified that graffiti offenders are very mobile and share information online and recognized the need to increase their understanding of the link between graffiti as a minor crime that leads to more serious offences. This conference was developed as a means to improve training and to provide graffiti investigators across Canada with the opportunity to develop investigative skills, network and share intelligence on tracking and tagger identification. Since its fledgling start, the event has grown into a national conference drawing local, provincial, national and international participants and speakers. Program topics have expanded beyond enforcement and now include information on public education, community development and research.



   Adjoining to the TAGS conference this years sponsors set up in the Trade Show room. EcoSolve Americas had the honor of presenting what's new in anti-graffiti products. EcoSolve's Graffiti Go proved to be a big hit and gave conference attendees the chance to create a little graffiti of their own so they could see Graffiti Go in action. EcoSolve's advanced water based technology provides professional performance without toxic fumes allowing for a safe hands on experience right in the show room!





    Thank you TAGS for a wonderful welcoming experience and the chance to change the game on graffiti removal! Now everyone can help clean up graffiti safely without the need for harsh toxic chemicals! Graffiti Go is kid, pet, and plant safe so you don't have to worry. We can all do our part to keep our communities clean and safe with green certified products from EcoSolve.

For more info on EcoSolve, Graffiti Go, and our wide range of safe paint and coating removal products please visit our website http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ Thanks for reading subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog for more great articles, pictures, and info!

Monday, 30 September 2013

EcoSolve Happy Customer Testimonial of the Day!


 I stripped my table tops with the Home Strip gel inside my house, and it worked great. No fumes, no issues on my skin, just like you said.

FYI, afterwards, I painted the kitchen table with primer- all ok, and used oil-based polyurethane with “pecan” stain on the family room table.

What you may find interesting is I spilled a twoonie sized drop of the stain on the carpet. Normally I would have used thinner, solvent, or simple green and hoped for the best and dealt with the smell, and smear of stain. This time I used your Graffiti Go, and it diluted and removed the oil-based stain from the carpet with no residue or smell! I would say the product works great for lazy painters or wood staining types!!

I’m definitely buying more when I use this batch up. The other guys in the office are trying it on their tough projects as well.

Regards,
Roy
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Roy Klymchuk  
Research and Training Coordinator 
Collision Repair Learning Centre 
ICBC building trust. driving confidence.


Thanks Roy for the great testimonial on EcoSolve products! We love to hear from our customers on all the great projects being tackled out there with EcoSolve products. If you would like to share your story and get published on the EcoSolve Blog visit our website www.ecosolveamericas.com and share
your story on the contact us form. Just put the word testimonial in the subject box and we will get to hear your story! Good or bad we want to hear it you could have your story and pictures published! When we get your story you will get a thank you email with request for pictures. Pictures are not necessary but always appreciated to help tell the story. Share your EcoSolve story with us today! Thanks for reading until next time! 













Wednesday, 25 September 2013

EcoSolve #1 Customer Testimonial of the Day



"I just wanted to send you a quick message to let you know how pleased I was with the EcoSolve Americas stripping product you recommended. I have to strip the woodwork on my boat every couple years and re-varnish. Whenever I used varnish removers in the past they were always very toxic and I had to be very careful with them. I was skeptical about using an eco friendly product to perform what I thought would for sure require a much more abrasive product. EcoSolve [Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover] worked like a champ and furthermore it was extremely gentle on the surrounding surfaces allowing me to move a lot quicker. I'm sold on the product and will now always use it for my biannual woodworking torture!"

 

Thanks again,

Steve Holloway
Project Consultant
Vancouver General Contractors


Thanks Steve for the great comments! We truly believe in our products and are so thankful you feel the same way. It goes to show that EcoSolve can replace toxic paint removers with Tough Not Toxic removers and cleaners safe for everyone including the environment!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Clean Off the Tough Stuff from Your Car!



 Does you car have tar, bugs, paint over spray, glue, stickers, graffiti, tree sap, or just tough sticky stuff that won't come off? EcoSolve Americas has proven Tough Not Toxic products available to tackle even the sticky stuff. Graffiti Go does more than just clean up graffiti. Our product tests have shown that Graffiti Go can be used on factory car paint without harming the finish. Remove the tough stuff then polish to see a noticeably improved shine. Graffiti Go is not just tough it's also safe to use with no fumes harsh solvents or caustics that can harm your skin and lungs. Unlike other car cleaners Graffiti Go is water based, certified and designed to reduce environmental impact making it safe to go down the drain! For more info on Graffiti Go and other great products from EcoSolve please visit our website www.ecosolveamericas.com  Check out our get connected page and see what you've been missing on our Facebook Page and You Tube Channel!    






 

Friday, 16 August 2013

Save Cash on Painting


Painting is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to revamp the look of a room or even your entire interior. But, it can still be somewhat costly. You can change the look of your home without breaking the bank.

Find quality paint at a price you can afford
Poke around the old forgotten shelves at your local paint store and your local hazardous waste recycling center!

Skip the painters tape
Carefully cut in around windows, doors, and ceilings with an angled trim brush or paint edging tools that can be reused. Or keep your project even cheaper by using a piece of thin, rigid cardboard as a barrier between the wall and the area that you want to keep clean.

Replace expensive drop cloths
Instead of dropping big bucks on commercial drop cloths use old blankets and heavy sheets they'll only set you back a few bucks if you purchase them from a thrift store!

Buy only as much as you need
Determine the square footage of the area you'll be painting or use an online paint calculator. In some cases, you may be able to get away with buying a quart of paint or even an inexpensive pint sample.

Take the time to clean your tools properly 
Letting paint dry on your paint brushes and roller covers is one of the biggest money wasting habits that do-it-yourself painters have. Cleaning your tools thoroughly will keep them in tip-top shape for your next project, saving you both time and money!

Get the full article and more great tips on how to save cash on painting here http://www.doityourself.com/stry/save-cash-on-painting?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=#.Ug5nOm3Sfyd

If you need to calculate how much paint you need on your next project here a quick link to Dulux Paint Calculator http://www.dulux.co.uk/calculator/

Don't replace hardened paint brushes restore them! 
Now you can restore old brushes without harsh chemicals and save your money with eco-friendly Brush Restorer from EcoSolve Americas. The water based fume free reusable brush restorer revolutionizes the way we treat our paint supplies. No more throw away attitudes restore, reuse, and protect the environment with eco-friendly products from EcoSolve! Visit our website for more info on our Brush Restorer and other great EcoSolve products http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ 
    

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

EcoSolve Americas Show Their Stuff at the Customer Appreciation Day with Dulux Paints!

Customer appreciation day at Dulux Paints with EcoSolve Americas in South Surrey was a big hit! We got to meet all kinds of painters and trades-people interested in EcoSolve products. 










We got the chance to show off the great performance of our products!












Great food and lots of fun!
 
Thanks Dulux Paints for a wonderful opportunity and experience!  











EcoSolve has the top performing paint and graffiti removal products your looking for with UL certified safe fume free formulas! Available at Dulux Paints if its not on the shelf they can order in with your interest. 








For more great info on EcoSolve products, where to buy, store locators, product performance videos and much more visit our website www.ecosolveamericas.com   Find Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover and Graffiti Go in your local Dulux Paint store or purchase online. Certified safe alternatives to chemical stripping and paint clean up are here! Thank you Dulux Paints!

Monday, 10 June 2013

EcoSolve Americas New Website Is Here!

Our new exciting website launch has come! We are very proud to present the new and improved EcoSolve site showcasing our new look and new product lines. We carry the same great paint and coating removal options with new labels! Now you can learn about our new bio options available for purchase on our site. BactiZyme products are the environmentally friendly bio option to green cleaning, waste water treatment, and water reduction technology. Learn about us, what we do, and where we come from. Get detailed info on all our great products and easy to use where to buy options. Get connected to EcoSolve's Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Pinterest, and More! See great videos of our products in action on You Tube and contact us with all your questions! Visit our new website and get connected today!  http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Mess-Free Painting Tips

Follow these tips to make your painting project easier and cut your clean up time in half! Painting a room gives it an instant makeover but cleaning up during and after can feel like it takes forever. These easy tips will help you minimize the mess while you paint and cut your cleanup time in half.

  • Mess-proof painting tips
  • Pimple pads for paint cleanup
  • Paint all four sides of spindles at once
  • Paint pad for tight spots
  • Elevate—then paint
  • Release masking tape with heat
  • Coat hanger drip stopper
  • Tape with a knife
  • Self-stick paint shield
  • Cardboard spray booth
  • Fresh tape
Get the details on these great mess free painting tips and more here http://www.familyhandyman.com/painting/tips/mess-free-painting-tips?pmcode=EH0214B&_mid=2400199&_rid=2400199.990632.58595#step1

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Friday, 24 May 2013

U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency. Methylene chloride, or dichloromethane (DCM), and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products top a list of five chemicals that are the subject of new draft risk assessments by the EPA. The five are among 83 chemicals that EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced last year that it would study as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) work plan. EPA is reviewing the chemicals' potential human health and ecological hazards. For example, EPA believes DCM and NMP pose inhalation and dermal exposure concerns for workers, consumers and bystanders when they are used in paint stripping processes, according to a fact sheet released by the agency. The dangers of methylene chloride paint strippers have been gaining notoriety in recent years. On Feb. 24, 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about the use of the products after linking them to more than a dozen accidental deaths. The CDC had previously flagged methylene chloride as a potentially fatal occupational hazard, and the 2012 alert noted that exposure to the chemical without proper ventilation and protective equipment could kill almost instantly. For full article and links to details http://www.paintsquare.com/news/?fuseaction=view&id=8975 Alternatives to these toxic options for paint removal are available! No need to take the risk with toxic chemical stripping or heat applications that can damage ornate wood decorations, only remove small sections at a time, and burn you! EcoSolve Americas has the UL Green Certified safe yet tough options for effective professional and consumer paint removal. EcoSolve has patented water based technology that penetrates the water molecules in all kinds of paint, varnishes, all types of graffiti, textured and other type coatings to safely lift from substrate being stripped. There is no chemical reaction that releases hazardous fumes and the products themselves are fume free. With the EPA taking a closer look at toxic chemical stripper ingredients its more important than ever to find better options that EcoSolve can provide. EcoSolve's Tough Not Toxic Paint Remover details available at http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/    

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution Avoid Carcinogens At Home

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the nation's most pressing personal health concerns. Peak concentrations of 20 toxic compounds - some linked with cancer and birth defects - were 200 to 500 times higher inside some homes than outdoors, according to a 5-year EPA study that surveyed 600 homes in six cities. Symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, a scratchy throat, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, skin rash, and respiratory infections are all common reactions to indoor air pollution. Left untreated, long-term exposure to indoor pollution can result in lung cancer, or damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.

Safety Guidelines For Avoiding Carcinogens At home
  • Read all labels carefully before using products. Be aware of their uses and dangers.
  • Leave products in their original container with the label that clearly identifies the contents.
  • Never put household products in food or beverage containers.
  • Do not mix products unless the label directs you to do so. This can cause explosive or poisonous chemical reactions. Even different brands of the same product may contain incompatible ingredients.
  • Use only what is needed. Twice as much doesn't mean twice the results. Follow the label.
  • If you are pregnant, avoid toxic chemical exposure as much as possible. Many toxic products have not been fully tested for their effects on the unborn.
  • Use products in well-ventilated areas to avoid inhaling fumes. Open windows and use an exhaust fan, making sure air is exiting outside rather than being recirculated indoors. Take plenty of fresh air breaks. Be sure to use adequate skin, eye, and respirator protection.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while using hazardous products. Traces of hazardous chemicals can be carried from hand to mouth. Smoking can start a fire if the products are flammable.
  • Clean up after using hazardous products. Carefully seal containers.
Young children are especially vulnerable to impaired lung function and respiratory infection. The risk for leukemia increases by four to seven times for children, ages 10 and under, whose parents use home or garden pesticides. In 1990, more than 4,000 toddlers under age four were admitted to hospital emergency rooms as a result of household cleaner-related injuries. Methylene chloride, the propellant used in many aerosol products, is carcinogenic. Some products containing methylene chloride have been pulled from the market, but the carcinogen continues to be found in many consumer products such as spray paint and paint strippers. For full article please follow link http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/household/carcinogens_home.htm

Here at EcoSolve we know how important it is to have safe products available for use in the home and work environment. That's why EcoSolve has a line of UL green certified paint removal products that safely and effectively replace chemical paint removers most commonly containing methylene chloride an extremely toxic and carcinogenic chemical still available for consumer purchase in various paint and paint removal products. Visit our website to see the benefits of using safe alternatives by EcoSolve for all your home improvement and hobby/workshop projects. http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ Tough enough for professional use and certified safe for consumers. EcoSolve Americas is Tough Not Toxic!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Healthy Schools Program Eliminating Lead Certified Contractors Needed

The EPA has created a set of guidelines so that all states can maintain a level of quality in education complexes. The EPA used these guidelines to address some important environmental issues that may arise in K-12 facilities. Poor ventilation, safe storage for chemicals, smart material selection, green painting, and adequate paint chip clean up. This is dubbed the Healthy Schools Program, and its “Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program” is aimed at school districts, schools, child care facilities, etc. For details on the Healthy Schools Program follow link http://www.raiderpainting.com/environmental_health_program_guidelines_schools_includes_painting_clauses

A recent study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the blood lead levels of third graders between 2003 and 2006—students now likely to be roaming the halls at CPS high schools. It turns out that at three-quarters of Chicago's 464 elementary schools, the students' average blood lead level was high enough to be considered poisoned, according to standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although lead poisoning is rarely mentioned in the debate on how to improve schools, the UIC research shows just how much it may be damaging kids' ability to succeed. According to the study, lead-poisoned students in Chicago Public Schools are more likely to fail the third grade and score notably lower on their yearly standardized tests. For full article follow link http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/high-lead-toxicity-in-chicago-public-schools/Content?oid=7819530&storyPage=3

Safe lead paint removal has become more important than ever! Removing lead paint hazards from schools and child care facilities is one of the first steps to reducing lead exposure to young children but it doesn't stop there! There are literally thousands of pre-1970s built homes in the United States and Canada. The paint on a lot of these homes is starting to peel exposing the older layers underneath that contain lead. Certified contractors have their work cut out for them to safely remove and reduce lead hazards in residential homes. This growing need for safe lead paint removal has prompted EcoSolve Americas to step up and provide wet working water based gel strippers for safe lead paint removal. Tough enough for professional use and safe enough for consumers Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can remove all types of coatings and keeps material wet eliminating lead dust hazards. EcoSolve's patented water based technology takes solvents and caustics out of the equation. No fumes, no dust, and no heat! Home Strip is the UL Green Certified non toxic alternative to chemical and mechanical paint removal. Check out the EcoSolve website for more details http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ Get Tough Not Toxic options from EcoSolve and safely reduce lead paint hazards today!            

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Reporting Asbestos in Public Buildings

"People want and deserve to have easier access to information about the presence of asbestos in public buildings," said Dustin Duncan, the minister of health for the province of Saskatchewan. The province has passed a bill that will make Saskatchewan the first province in Canada to require mandatory reporting of asbestos in public buildings. The new legislation will require that any buildings owned by the province, such as hospitals, schools, or those used by crown corporations, must be listed in the registry if there is asbestos present. For full article follow link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/04/18/sk-asbestos-reporting.html?goback=.gde_3780205_member_233648023 Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to flames and corrosion and was used during the past century mixed with cement to reinforce construction materials, woven into textiles for fireproof insulation products, you can even find it in the textured ceilings of older family homes and apartment buildings. Asbestos is the leading cause of deaths from mesothelioma and lung cancer. Due to the long latency period, the incidence of malignant mesothelioma continues to rise in Canada despite the restrictions on asbestos use that began over 30 years ago. It wasn't until 2007 The Canadian Cancer Society called for the Canadian government to completely phase out use and export of asbestos. For references follow link http://www.ehatlas.ca/environmental-contaminants/asbestos Now companies are using wet work techniques to safely remove textured ceilings suspected of asbestos contamination from buildings and homes to eliminate potential hazards. Demolition Contractors, Restoration Contractors, and Facility Maintenance Workers are always looking for safer ways to remove asbestos contaminated building products. Restoration work in particular often involves removal of damaged ceiling, wall and flooring materials. These materials, even in a private home, are suspect for asbestos, and must be treated as asbestos unless proven non-asbestos by sampling and analysis. The problem is that most of this work must be done on a moment’s notice, and budgets are limited by insurance settlements. The most cost effective and timely method, while still complying with regulations is to skip the asbestos inspection, assume the material to be asbestos, and use safe removal techniques to proceed with the remediation. EcoSolve Americas has the solution for the safe and effective removal of all types of textured coatings possibly contaminated with asbestos fibers. X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover is the only textured coatings remover that encases material with a specially patented gel formula preventing hazardous fibers from being released into the air. Unlike other texture removers X-Tex is non-toxic, fume free, and UL Global Certified as a safe alternative to chemical strippers. Clings 100% to all surfaces for easy application and less mess! No more messy water and foam concoctions just wipe surface with a damp rag for easy clean up as product is neutralized with just water. For more info on X-Tex and other Tough Not Toxic products from EcoSolve please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Right To Know

We believe that any hazardous ingredients, such as carcinogens or reproductive toxins, should be identified, so that consumers can make informed choices. Twenty years ago, workers won the right to know what hazardous chemicals they could be exposed to in the workplace, with the adoption of the federal Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). But consumers still don't have that right — even though household products may contain the same toxic ingredients used in the workplace. Household paint strippers, for example, often contain methylene chloride, which is listed as a possible human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Follow this link to sign petition to ban methylene chloride from consumer products https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/federal-minister-of-health-ban-the-use-of-methylene-chloride-in-products-for-consumer-use?utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition Many household cleaners contain 2-butoxyethanol, a substance declared toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Home workshop lubricants may contain perchloroethylene, a probable human carcinogen the list goes on and on. In the workplace, all those ingredients are listed and their hazards identified. But not in consumer products. We believe that has to change. Canadians have shown that they want government to recognize their right to know. A poll commissioned by Strategic Communications in April 2007 showed that 93 per cent of respondents wanted labeling to identify any toxic chemicals in their household products. Follow this link for full article and links to participate in this initiative http://www.toxicfreecanada.ca/Participate.asp?c=2 If your looking for safe alternatives to hazardous methylene chloride based chemical strippers EcoSolve Americas has green certified solutions. EcoSolve's patented water based formula effectively softens and strips all types of paints, varnish, and coatings with no damage to the surface and no fumes. EcoSolve has Tough Not Toxic solutions for professional and consumer use. Visit the EcoSolve website for more details http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Paint and Paint Fumes During Pregnancy


Very little research has been carried out into the effects of paint fumes on unborn babies. However, the few studies carried out show that the risk is extremely low. Any small risk there is to your baby is greatest during your first trimester (weeks 0-13). This is because your baby's organs start to develop during the first trimester. Any harmful fumes or chemicals at this stage could affect your baby more severely. Water based paints or latex paints are best, they pose no increased reproductive risk because they have low volatility. However, solvent-based paints and old paintwork (which may contain traces of lead) may pose a greater risk. Solvent-based paints can contain varying levels of substances that can be harmful, such as white spirit, xylene, toluene and alkanes. Long-term exposure to solvents can seriously affect a developing baby.For this reason, you should avoid using solvent-based paints and stripping old paintwork while you're pregnant. If you are stripping paint that contains lead, you could inhale it in the clouds of dust which come from stripping the paint. This could potentially harm the development of your baby. 

Reducing the Risk
If you want to completely eliminate the risk of paint fumes affecting your baby, then you should avoid doing any painting or decorating. However, if you do choose to do some painting or decorating, there are some steps you can take, to help prevent paint or chemical fumes affecting your baby. For example:
  • Use paints and decorating materials which are labeled as being suitable for nurseries or children's rooms, as these materials should contain fewer chemicals.
  • Use water-based paints instead of solvent-based ones.
  • Avoid using spray paints and other decorating materials containing solvents.
  • If you're unsure what chemicals or substances are contained in your paint or decorating material, contact the manufacturer, who should be able to advise you.
  • Make sure any room you paint in is well ventilated, by opening any windows or doors.
  • Use gloves, long trousers and long sleeved tops to help protect your skin.
For more risk reducing tips and information please follow link for full article http://www.babymed.com/daily-living/paint-and-paint-fumes-during-pregnancy 

For safer paint removal options EcoSolve Americas recommends Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover. Home Strip is EcoLogo Green Certified as a safe alternative to chemical stripping. If you need to remove old paint coatings never dry scrape, heat up, or strip with chemical strippers. Dust, heat, and chemical reactions can release lead into the air that can easily be breathed in and cause severe harm to you and your baby. Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is a water based gel stripper that encapsulates the material and keeps it wet for safe removal with no dust or chemical reactions. For safe and easy removal of all types of paint including lead based paints please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Graffiti in Seattle a Growing Problem

SEATTLE - It's not the image that the city wants to leave with tourists. But sadly, more and more, their first and last impression of Seattle is an eyesore - graffiti scrawled and sprayed on buildings, bridges, tunnels, signs .... virtually any flat surface. Statistics show the city has spent literally millions of dollars removing graffiti over the years. A city poll revealed that nearly half of Seattleites think graffiti is a problem. There's a law on the books requiring private property owners to remove it. The city has encouraged graffiti artists to contribute to murals, hoping that would stop the problem. And many people compare those murals to works of art. But that hasn't stopped other taggers from attacking buildings, tunnels and bridges all over the city. Internet research appears to confirm that the graffiti is not so much the work of street gangs, marking their territory. But rather it is created by specialized tagging gangs making Seattle their canvas in a competition. For official news report on subject and full article follow link http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Growing-graffiti-problem-dims-Seattles-holiday-sparkle-180711911.html?tab=video&c=y If your property has been affected by graffiti now there is an Environmentally friendly solution to graffiti removal. Graffiti Go is the solvent and fume free solution from EcoSolve Americas. EcoLogo Green Certified as the safe alternative to harsh graffiti removers. Safe on all surfaces including old brick and stone will not discolor or damage. All ingredients are sustainable and water soluble with patented water based technology for powerful performance. Graffiti Go is part of EcoSolve's line of certified Tough Not Toxic paint and coating removers. For more info and where to buy please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ 

Friday, 19 April 2013

EPA Regulations and Best Management Practices for Paint

With millions gallons of architectural paint being applied at millions of locations each year, it would be impossible for EPA or state environmental agencies to permit or monitor each one. Therefore, the approach taken by EPA to limit VOC emissions from architectural painting operations is to control what goes into the product, rather than to try to control the user. The resulting rules effectively force paint makers to minimize the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in their products. In the regulations, EPA has defined VOC very broadly. In effect, any volatile compound of carbon is classified as a VOC for regulatory purposes, unless specifically “exempted”.  EPA uses is a specific test method, known as Test Method 24, which determines what is to be treated as a VOC.

Best Management Practices 

The BMPs listed below will help reduce or eliminate pollution that could otherwise be generated from painting operations. 

Removing Old Paint
  • Cover or berm nearby storm drain inlets when stripping or cleaning building exteriors with high-pressure water prior to painting. The waste water must not be discharged to the storm drain system. The waste water must be collected, and may be discharged to the sanitary sewer if the building exterior paint does not contain lead or mercury (after 1978, lead was phased out of most architectural paints). If paint containing lead or mercury was used, contact your state environmental agency for information about the appropriate disposal options before beginning work.
  • If grinding or blasting is used to remove old paint, protect nearby storm drain inlets with a protective cover such as a heavy rubber mat. Paint dust, particles, and other debris must be completely cleaned up, preferably by sweeping, after the job is done.
  • Non-hazardous paint chips and dust from dry stripping and sand blasting may be swept up or collected and disposed of as trash. Chemical paint stripping residue, and chips and dust containing lead or tributyl tin, must be disposed of as a hazardous waste.

 Painting
  • Paint and paint thinner may never be discharged into the storm drain system. In addition, waste water or runoff containing paint or paint thinner may never be discharged into a storm drain.  When there is a risk of a spill reaching the storm drain, nearby storm drain inlets must be protected prior to starting painting.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Keep paint containers closed when not in use.
Cleanup
  • Paintbrushes and containers may never be cleaned or rinsed into a street, gutter, creek, or storm drain.
  • When cleaning brushes and rollers after painting, brush out excess paint onto newspaper or cardboard. If using latex paints, the brush or roller may then be rinsed in a sink that is plumbed to the sanitary sewer. If using oil-based paints, the brush or roller needs to be cleaned with paint thinner which cannot be discharged to the sanitary sewer. Paint thinners must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
  • Leftover paint in the roller pan should be drained back into the paint can. If using paint hoses and guns, spray out the paint residue into the paint can.
  • When the job is completed, collect all unused or waste materials and dispose of properly. Never leave or abandon materials onsite, and ensure that nothing has “drifted” towards the street, gutter, or catch basin.
Recycling/Disposal of Residuals
  • Properly store leftover paint.  Even when you attempt to estimate your needs, there may be paint remaining. If there is enough paint for a smaller job or to save for future touch-ups, close the can tightly to prevent it from drying out. To indicate the color inside, write the location that the color was used or put a dot of paint on the lid of the can. In colder regions, another storage consideration is that latex paints may freeze below a certain temperature.
  • Recycle, return to supplier or donate unwanted water-based (latex) paint. Dried latex paint and empty paint cans may be disposed of in the garbage.
  • Leftover oil-based paint may be recycled or disposed of as hazardous waste. Paint thinners must be disposed of as hazardous waste. 
For full article follow link http://www.hercenter.org/facilitiesandgrounds/paints.cfm#top

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

The DIY Painting Guide: Everything You Need to Know!

It's one of the quickest ways to give a home a facelift, but painting like the pros requires patience, attention to detail, a steady hand and yes, tedious preparation. Don't just dive into a painting project, be prepared and organized. It's a messy business, with lots of bending, twisting and negotiating ladders, and inevitable dithering over the crucial color scheme. Decide up front who lands the back-breaking tasks of heavy sanding and painting the ceilings. Painting is not just about getting the paint onto surfaces successfully. There's an awful lot of work involved in not getting paint where it shouldn't be. There is a lot to consider besides what color to pick. From prep to clean up find out the best way to take on your next paint project here http://news.domain.com.au/domain/diy/the-essential-diy-painting-guide-20120215-1t4ya.html Here are some quick dos and don'ts for successful DIY paint projects.

Do...
  • Thoroughly stir the paint before starting
  • Always work your way down, starting with the ceilings first
  • Choose the best quality paint brushes and paint you can afford
  • Paint in manageable patches to ensure you're not going back over paint that's started to dry already.
  • Tie up/cover your hair unless you want paint speckles that don't wash out once dried.
Don't...
  • Use a cheap masking tape. Buy proper painter's masking tape that won't remove the paint or chunks of plaster when you pull it off
  • Overload your roller or brushes with paint
  • Stir paint with a brush
  • Try to paint over crumbly surfaces you will just get ugly lumps in your paint
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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Everything on Asbestos Exposure

  
Asbestos has been used in many industries. For example, the building and construction industries have used it for strengthening cement and plastics as well as for insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption. The shipbuilding industry has used asbestos to insulate boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes. The automotive industry uses asbestos in vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads. Asbestos has also been used in ceiling and floor tiles; paints, coatings, and adhesives; and plastics.     
     People may be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, their communities, or their homes. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems. Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil. However, most people do not become ill from their exposure. People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.
      Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to asbestos fibers on the job, through the environment, or at home via should inform their doctor about their exposure history and whether or not they experience any symptoms. For full article and supporting links please follow http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/asbestos 

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Monday, 8 April 2013

Water Based vs Solvent Based Paints and Paint Removers


Today, water-based paints dominate and account for roughly 80% of paints sold in the residential market. Solvent-based paints, sometimes referred to as "oil-based" or "alkyd" paints, contain a significantly higher level of organic solvents than water-based paints. These solvents are responsible for the strong odor noticeable in areas that have been freshly painted. They are also potentially hazardous for both human health and for the environment which is why concerted efforts have been made to reduce or remove their presence in paints without negatively impacting on paint performance.

The function of organic solvents in a paint relates to certain properties it brings – it facilitates the paint’s application, it’s drying, and the formation of a regular paint film. During application and drying, the solvent evaporates. When they evaporate these solvents release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, with a negative, toxic impact on the environment. For full article please follow link http://www.paintquality.com/going-green/paint-types/water-solvent.html

Also changing in the market today is water based paint removers. Paint removal products have in the past always been dominated by solvent based strippers containing high levels of VOCs and harsh toxic solvents. Solvents like methylene chloride that can cause severe negative health effects when not used properly. Health effects varying from irritation to the respiratory system, causing cancer, brain damage, and in extreme cases of exposure death. Although there have been attempts to replace these solvents with water based alternatives many have proven to be expensive and not as effective.

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Methylene Chloride Safety Hazards

Methylene Chloride or dichloromethane is a colorless liquid that evaporates readily and exudes a pleasant sweetish odor. While methylene chloride is primarily used in industry, it's also found in some household products like spray paints, paint removers, and other consumer products as well. It's important to be aware of the possible health hazards posed by methylene chloride when you work with products containing this chemical. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, the evidence suggests prolonged inhalation or ingestion of methylene chloride may cause cancer. The EPA classifies methylene chloride as a probable human carcinogen and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has set the maximum occupational exposure limit at 25 ppm. The removal of methylene chloride from such consumer products as hair sprays and some paint removers has reduced the opportunity for non occupational exposure. But the risk still exists with every methylene chloride containing product still sitting on shelves for consumer purchase. For more details visit http://www.ehow.com/list_6870386_methylene-chloride-safety-hazards.html One of the most common products to find methylene chloride in with extremely hazardous concentrations is paint strippers. And chemical paint strippers are readily purchased by consumers for all types of application methods posing serious threats to the health of the user. EcoSolve Americas set out to replace chemical paint stripping products with safe water based technology that will not only effectively remove the hazards but also provide equal performance. EcoSolve has a line of safe and effective paint removal products for all types of application processes. Replace the hazardous chemicals in your life the technology is here! For more info on EcoSolve and certified safe paint removal products please visit the website http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/      


Friday, 22 March 2013

Work Safe Alert: Paint Stripping Using Methylene Chloride

Alert: Paint stripping using methylene chloride in a dip tank for stripping paint from furniture is hazardous and in severe cases has caused worker fatalities . Methylene chloride is a volatile solvent used to strip paint from timber. Inhalation of methylene chloride vapor can cause dizziness, impaired coordination and central nervous system depression which can lead to unconsciousness and death.

Investigations conducted by Work Safe Victoria indicate that methylene chloride vapor levels that are immediately dangerous to life build up within stripping tanks. The work practice of leaning over or into a stripping tank to handle and scrub items is likely to expose workers to these dangerously high vapor levels. As a result, workers risk being overcome by vapors and falling forward into the tank.

Methylene chloride also has other health effects. The vapor can cause headache and irritation to the respiratory tract and eyes. Splashes to the skin and eyes can be painful, while prolonged skin exposure can lead to dry skin and dermatitis. It is also assigned as a category 3 carcinogen (i.e. a substance suspected of having cancer producing potential) by the National Occupational Health & Safety Commission (NOHSC). For full article follow link http://ncsp.tamu.edu/reports/WorkCover/Alerts3.htm


The employer has a duty to eliminate or reduce as far as practicable risks to employees using methylene chloride. Risks can be reduced by:

Using a less hazardous product or different method of stripping paint
Don't use methylene chloride if you don't have to. Use a less hazardous product or less hazardous technique if possible. For example, using water-based products or a brush-on paste rather than liquid methylene chloride may be practicable in some instances and can reduce the risk from exposure to vapors.


If your looking for alternatives to methylene chloride EcoSolve Americas has the safe certified solutions you need. Our line of safe and effective paint removal products provide fume free water based formulas that can accommodate all types of application requirements.
  • Dip Tank
  • Brush Application
  • Pump Spray 
  • Spray Gun
  • Gel Strippers
  • Liquid Solutions 
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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Painting Exterior Wood Siding


When it's time to spruce up your home or make a dramatic change such as painting the entire wood frame of the house you'll want to prepare yourself for a big job. Proper planning and preparation are essential to help you get through the entire process with ease. In this article the steps are broken down into manageable tasks to ensure you are prepared to take on a big paint job.

 Step 1 —Select Your Color Palette
 Step 2 —Choose a Paint Finish
 Step 3 —Planning 
 Step 4 —Repair
 Step 5 —Protect 
 Step 6 —Remove Old Paint and Prep Walls 
 Step 7 —Clear Away Debris 
 Step 8 —Clean and Dry Surfaces 
 Step 9 —Prime the Walls 
 Step 10 —Paint the Shutters, Trim and Doorway 
 Step 11 —Cut In 
 Step 12 —Paint the Walls 
 Step 13 —Clean and Be Green

To get the details for each step and many other helpful pointers on everything from factoring in the weather, safely using ladders, to different types of priming and using paint sprayers follow the link http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/how-to/exterior/projects/exterior-walls.html 

Note: If your home was built before 1978 be sure to test for lead paint as this will greatly change the way you can safely remove damaged paint when preparing the surface.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Cities Wiping Out Graffiti

     The term “graffiti” comes from the Greek word “graphein,” which means “to write.” Today's graffiti according to the National Council to Prevent Delinquency, is 80% “tagger” graffiti.  Another 5% are “pieces” and nationally, gang graffiti makes up about 10%. You’ve probably seen graffiti somewhere in your community.  It’s the words colors and shapes drawn or scratched on buildings, overpasses, train cars, signs and other surfaces.  It’s done without permission and against the law. While the cost of graffiti vandalism in the U.S. varies from city to city many municipal governments, communities and property owners report that the cost is rising each year. Graffiti is a drain on your tax dollars and diminishes residents’ sense of safety and security in a community. Neighborhoods with graffiti see a decrease in property value and a loss of business growth and tourism. The presence of graffiti sends a signal that nobody cares, which can result in other forms of crime and street delinquency in the neighborhood.
      Immediate removal of graffiti—within 24 to 48 hours—is the key to successful prevention.
There are several ways to remove graffiti. The basic methods are the paint-out, which is to simply paint over the graffiti and removal with the use of solvents, chemicals and water and sand blasting.   
      There are lots of things that you can do. Organize a paint-out or paintbrush mural to cover a wall plagued with graffiti. Adopt a wall at your school or in your neighborhood and make sure it stays free of graffiti. Carry out school and neighborhood activities to educate citizens about graffiti and its negative effects. Of foremost importance, always report graffiti to the proper authorities. For full article follow link http://www.houstontx.gov/graffiti/facts.html
     Although there are lots of options to remove graffiti a lot of the cleaners and methods used are hazardous. Many graffiti cleaners are full of harsh solvents and chemicals and sand blasting requires specific safety equipment and training. Not everything can be painted over so one company sought to change the playing field and make a safe graffiti remover that everyone can use and is safe on most surfaces. EcoSolve Americas has a revolutionary water based technology that removes all types of graffiti paints without harsh solvents and chemicals. Graffiti Go is a proven effective fume free graffiti remover formula used by Neighborhood Watch programs to keep communities clean. Now communities can get together and get hands on with spring clean up. Graffiti Go is easy to use and is safer than toxic solvents or harsh sand blasting on surfaces. For more info on Graffiti Go and where to buy please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ EcoSolve has Tough Not Toxic certified safe options for paint removal.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Get Better Connected With EcoSolve on Twitter!



Get better connected with EcoSolve Americas by following us on twitter and see what you've been missing! With 300+ tweets we've got the goods on everything to do with paint. From how to properly prep for DIY projects, to hazard warnings on harmful products, to safe work practices that keep you and your family safe. Don't miss out follow us now and get the low down on paint. No matter weather your painting, stripping, refinishing, staining, sealing, cleaning, redecorating, refurbishing, renovating, building, demolishing, updating or just researching better ways to do these and other similar tasks EcoSolve can help. Follow the link to follow EcoSolve on twitter and get what you've been missing here https://twitter.com/EcosolveAmerica    

Friday, 15 March 2013

Could Lead Poisoning Really be a Cause of Violent Crime

It's ridiculous – until you see the evidence. Studies between cities, states and nations show that the rise and fall in crime follows, with a roughly 20-year lag, the rise and fall in the exposure of infants to trace quantities of lead. Lead was withdrawn first from paint and then from petrol at different times in different places (beginning in the 1970s in the US in the case of petrol, and the 1990s in many parts of Europe), yet despite these different times and different circumstances, the pattern is the same: violent crime peaks around 20 years after lead pollution peaks. The crime rates in big and small cities in the US, once wildly different, have now converged, also some 20 years after the phase-out. Is it really so surprising that a highly potent nerve toxin causes behavioral change? The devastating and permanent impacts of even very low levels of lead on IQ have been known for many decades. Lead poisoning in infancy, even at very low levels, impairs the development of the brain that regulate behavior and mood. Lead poisoning is associated with attention deficit disorder, impulsiveness, aggression and, according to one paper, psychopathy. Lead is so toxic that it is unsafe at any level. For full article and links to scientific supporting papers please follow the link http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/07/violent-crime-lead-poisoning-british-export?goback=.gde_3780205_member_202294146 The most unsettling fact in all of this is the fact that millions of homes in North America still contain high levels of lead hidden under layers of paint first applied in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. That paint for the first time is starting to degrade creating a new peak in lead exposure. Government agencies can not keep up with the reports of lead poisoning in children and the need for affordable certified safe paint removal services for contaminated homes. The noticeable increase in the demand for DIY paint removal to save money is becoming a popular trend. Whether the work is being done safely is up to the home owner so its more important than ever to have resources available to consumers for safe DIY work practices. EcoSolve Americas Blog has valuable information and links to demo videos explaining safe work procedures for removing lead based paint. http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/ EcoSolve has provided safe paint removal products that work wet eliminating hazardous dry scraping and sanding of lead paint since 2002. And now Home Strip products are EcoLogo Certified safe alternatives to chemical paint stripping. When it comes to lead we always recommend hiring a professional to help remove contaminated paint. But I you have to do the work your self using safe work practices and products can keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning. For more info on our certified Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover and other EcoSolve products please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/       

Friday, 8 March 2013

A Closer Look: What Makes Building Materials Green?












Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. In addition, integrating green building materials into building projects can help reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of these building industry source materials. So what criteria must be met to make a product or material green? Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product. Depending upon project-specific goals, an assessment of green materials may involve an evaluation of one or more of the criteria listed below.
  • Resource efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Affordability
For details on the listed criteria and the three basic steps of product selection please follow link for full article http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/greenbuilding/materials/#Resource

If you don't have time to do extensive research on building products choosing green certified products can ensure your product has been researched and tested to be environmentally responsible. There are a number of green certifications building products can receive one globally recognized certification is by EcoLogo part of the UL Global Network. They provide third party certification of environmentally-preferable products. Follow this link to view EcoLogo Certified EcoSolve products and more http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590