What Parents Need to Know About Lead-based Paints


What Parents Need To Know About Lead-based Paints Our Old City is Painted in Lead-based Paints Beautiful as our City is, the lead-based paint is a danger to all children under 7 years of age. And lead dust isn’t so good for the rest of us, either. Children under 7 are susceptible to eating lead […]

Environmental Liability


Environmental Liability Air Quality Testing Due to current real estate market conditions an environmental consultant’s inspection isn’t usually possible. So, after you purchase a property, an environmental survey will give you a professional, complete evaluation of the status of mold, asbestos, or lead with next steps to mitigate the problems. Mold is always caused by […]

How To Remove CO2 From Your Home

How To Remove CO2 From Your Home

How to Remove CO2 From Your Home Windows ClosedNo Exhaust Fans Windows OpenWith Exhaust Fans My Story I recently purchased another indoor air monitor; an Awair Omni. After installing this monitor in my office I saw that interior CO2 levels were elevated to just above 1000 ppm.  The ideal level is 400 ppm to 600 […]

Remove Mold from Clothes

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Remove Mold From Clothes When bleach and vinegar are  used to remove mold from clothes or stuffed animals DON’T used together. The fumes can be harmful to your health.  If the clothing or covering for a stuffed toy show dry mold, then spray the area with water or hydrogen peroxide diluted solution before moving the […]

Successful Environmental Cleanup


Successful Environmental Cleanup Assess – Repair – Clear – Monitor Planning will save you money. With a clear, understandable Scope of Work you can request quotes for the necessary work and receive bids on only the requested work. Then your choice of environmental contractors becomes a lot simpler. After the job is complete, get a […]

4 Steps to a Mold Free Home


4 Steps to a Mold Free Home Stop all water leaks and Keep the interior Relative Humidity under 52˚. Outside humidity in San Francisco is normally around 50%.  In living and working spaces we find interior humidity to be between 40% and 52%. When the long term humidity exceeds 52% it becomes a concern. Humidity […]

Toxic Mold Makes People Sick

toxic mold makes people sick

Toxic Mold Makes People Sick Asthma, Coughing, and Hypersensitivity to Mold The medical community agrees: mold makes people sick. People that have breathing challenges, shouldn’t live in damp, moldy buildings. We are not medical experts, so we’ve added some links at the bottom of this page to interesting medical studies on mold and health. Remember […]

Access Your Asbestos Risks


Reduce Your Asbestos Risk Access Your Asbestos Risks for Your Family, Tenants, or Office Buildings Built After 1981 Generally Do Not Contain Asbestos Access your asbestos risks by taking a thorough look around your property. Here’s a link to the EPA list of common building materials that contained asbestos in homes and commercial properties build […]

Reduce Your Formaldehyde Exposure


Reduce Your Formaldehyde Exposure You can Reduce Your Formaldehyde Exposure in Personal Care Items By Reading The Label. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy the product. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals are often used in shampoos including baby shampoos and liquid soaps. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing chemicals are sometimes present in the following items: […]

Cigarette Smoke Testing


Cigarette Smoke Testing Second Hand or Sidestream Cigarette Smoke Testing Now Available Most of us prefer to live without cigarette smoke coming from the next unit, floating in through an open window, or otherwise invading our personal space. But in multi unit buildings, it’s almost impossible. You may want to consider an air purifier that […]

Formaldehyde Testing

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Formaldehyde Testing Formaldehyde testing may find vapors from new cabinets, laminate floors, pressed wood products like particle board, spray foam insulation, carpets and pads, draperies and curtains, fire retardants or permanent press additives, resins and glues, unvented fuel-burning appliances such as gas stoves or kerosene heaters. There are small amounts of formaldehyde in most homes […]

Why Particles Matter


Why Particles Matter You Breathe Particles Everywhere – especially during wildfires None of us will ever forget the morning we woke up and the sky was red. It was during the worst of last year’s wildfires.  You will breathe better the fewer wildfire and other types of particulates that you breathe. Some particulate matter is […]

Who Can Test for Asbestos

who can test for asbestos

Who Can Test For Asbestos The Bay Area Air Quality District rules control who can test for asbestos in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Permit with 10 Day Notice is required on all demos, work exceeding 100 sq. ft. of asbestos containing materials, or a demo of any interior bearing wall. Asbestos tests should […]

What To Expect During Remediation

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What To Expect During Remediation If you know what to expect during remediation it will help you manage the finances and the frustrations. This photo shows new sheet rock, subfloor, plumbing, framing plus new sheet rock, plumbing, and framing in the area below this bath. Remediation means removing and cleaning up mold. Abatement means removing […]

SF Lead Notice Of Violation


SF Notice of Violation We provide SF Lead Notice Of Violation Documentation for Satisfaction​ Buildings built before 1978 in San Francisco often contain lead-based paint on the doors and window frames. Typically, SF Lead Notice of Violation for Lead-based Paint or NOV is issued when a child’s pediatrician finds elevated levels of lead in a […]

Prepare For Your Mold Inspection

Prepare For Your Mold Inspection

Prepare For Your Mold Inspection Better Preparation = Better Results Remember these steps when preparing for mold inspections and get ready to breathe easier today. Keep all doors and windows closed for a period of two hours before any testing begins. If the windows and doors have been left open, we can only test diluted […]

Ozone Does Not Kill Mold


Ozone Does Not Kill Mold Ozone Does Not Kill Mold Ozone Is Used To Cleanup COVID-19 and Remove Smoke Odors Ozone is the product most COVID-19 cleanup contractors prefer to use. Does it do a good job? Well, no one knows for sure. Testing for surfaces is certainly available, but it only tests a limited […]

Mold Laws and Occupancy


Mold Laws and Occupancy One Of The Most Notable San Francisco Mold Laws And Occupancy Is SB 655. We Encourage You To Read This Bill Yourself. Click Here. The California Apartment Association did a marvelous job of limiting certain provisions in SB 655. However, there remain problems for landlords and tenants. It is cheaper and easier to […]

Mold Consultants In Other Areas

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Mold Consultants In Other Areas Find Here American Council Of Accredited Certification Your chosen Mold Consultant should have Experience with Peer Reviewed Credentials. This is very important to the success of your job! ACAC is the most widely recognized credentialing organization in the US. When issuing certifications to toxic mold consultants, candidates’ must have work […]

San Francisco Lead Dust Levels Allowed

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San Francisco Lead Dust Levels Allowed San Francisco Lead Dust Levels Allowed in 2020 in California changed on January 4th Allowed lead levels for interior floors and window sills was lowered in an effort to protect children from lead poisoning. There are higher levels that are acceptable if you live in a HUD owned property. […]

How to Clean Up Lead Dust


How To Clean Up Lead Dust Keep your child safe and know How To Clean Up Lead Dust  Lead dust is created from from the door or window parts that rub against each other. See the rub marks on the old door and frame above for an example. For example where the door rubs the […]

Dust Exposure and Allergens


Dust Exposure and Allergens Managing Dust Exposure And Allergens It’s a tricky balance to manage dust exposure and your allergens in San Francisco. There are lots of construction sites that create dust that contains molds. Your neighbor may have a dog or cat and the walls between your homes aren’t air tight. Old windows allow […]

Choose the Right HEPA Air Purifier

choose the right HEPA air purifier

Choose The Right HEPA Air Purifier How To Choose the Right HEPA Air Purifier For You The two major kinds of HEPA air purifiers are home/portable and built-in systems for your HVAC.  The built-in systems are not covered here. Portable units that can be moved from room to room are an ideal solution for older […]

EPA Asbestos List


EPA Asbestos List Buildings Built Before 1981 May Have Asbestos Containing Building Mateirals List of Uses Covered Under April 2019 Final Rule; Restrictions on Discontinued Uses of Asbestos The EPA asbestos list shown below does not include every product or building material that may contain asbestos in buildings. It is intended as a general guide […]

ERMI Dust Testing


ERMI Dust Testing ERMI dust Testing Finds Mold Spores in House Dust ERMI Stands For The Environmental Relative Moldiness Index The objective of the original ERMI dust testing research was to confirm or deny mold as a factor in asthmatic children living in homes in Boston, Kansas City, and San Diego in 2006. The testing […]

MARIA Dust Testing


MARIA Dust Testing MARIA Dust Testing Will Show The Presence Of Dog And Cat Dander, Mouse And Rodent Feces And Urine, And Dust Mites By Type. ERMI dust testing shows the presence of molds. If your Allergist or Medical Team find you are allergic to dog  or cat dander, mice or rodent feces or urine, […]