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What is Mercury Flooring?
In the early 1960s, a new style of flooring was developed to replace wood floor gyms and running surfaces. This new rubber-like polymer flooring was as durable as wood but had a softer texture and greater traction. To achieve this effect, manufacturers used mercury as a catalyst to assist the polyurethane to retain the rubber-like softness; as mercury is the only common metal that remains a liquid at room temperature.
INDIANA'S tOP CHOICE FOR MERCURY REMOVAL
Since 1990 EMS, has provided the area with the highest quality of hazardous material removal. Our combination of experience, training & tools will ensure both the safety of your health & the satisfaction that the problem has been properly contained and removed! Contact our sales team to learn about how EMS can help with your mercury problem at (260)637-9414.
what are the potential issues of mercury flooring?
According to the EPA, “Elemental Mercury and all of its components are toxic, exposure to excessive levels can permanently damage or fatally injure the brain and kidneys” and “pathways of exposure can occur through inhalation, absorption or ingestion.”
The release of the elements vapors from the flooring can cause inhalation concerns if the floors have deteriorated or they are poorly maintained. The continual release of mercury vapor can be of concern if it exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) or your state’s guidelines.
The product itself can become of concern when the flooring is removed for replacement because of disposal regulations, thus causing disposal issues.
IF YOU SUSPECT THE PRESENCE OF MERCURY,
HIRING EMS IS THE SAFEST DECISION YOU CAN MAKE.
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Mercury Flooring Removal
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MERCURY FLOORING F.A.Q.
We are all aware that Mercury was used in thermometers until not all that long ago. Also commonly used in home thermostats, medical devices like blood pressure measuring equipment, light bulbs, and more.
Today surprisingly, Mercury is mostly found on gymnasium floors. Schools, Churches, and other public courts have embedded mercury to provide that spongey or bouncy touch on impact. When damaged these surfaces need specialty repair like the trained professionals at Environmental Management Specialists!
Mercury’s biggest health threat is that it vaporizes at room temperature. When the element is vaporized, it can then be inhaled, entering the lungs, into the bloodstream, nervous system, and brain.
Once inside your nerves, it can cause sleep disorders, agitation, and even worse, paralysis!
The cost can range drastically based on the details of your situation. Ranging from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.
However, if you can safely remove the hazard with improving your housekeeping routine, we are more than happy to help you create a plan with minimal cost.
Every site & situation is different, EMS will gladly visit your facility to review your concerns and discuss ways of eliminating and/or managing exposure to mercury.
The initial consultation with EMS is FREE!
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