WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? IT’S JUST A LITTLE MOLD.

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Mold makes people sick Remember the Salem witch trials in New England 300 years ago? Ergot made them do it. This toxic mold grew in the stored grain feeding the town. That Erot poisoning made everyone tragically crazy. Fortunately most of us don’t store untreated grain in our kitchens or favorite restaurant. But water damage […]

WHY PARTICULATES MATTER

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You breathe in particles because they are everywhere. Some particles don’t come out of your lungs. That’s why they are important. Airborne particles matter for air quality; both outside and inside. Some particles are so small that your lungs can’t breathe them out or expel them.  These super small particles are referred to as non-respirable […]

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN ABATEMENT OR REMEDIATION

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Mold remediation or asbestos abatement can be emotionally draining and financially devastating. Understanding the process will help you. Remediation means removing and cleaning up mold. Abatement means removing and cleaning up asbestos, lead, lead-based paint, chemicals, or sewage. Following these steps will save your money and your sanity. Get a second opinion This work can […]

SF NOTICE OF VIOLATION FOR LEAD-BASED PAINT

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Have you received a Lead Paint Notice of Violation from the San Francisco Building Department? We can help. Typically, Lead Paint NOV’s are issued when a contractor fails to clean up after repairs or if a tenant complains, additionally peeling and chipping paint is also an area that will produce lead dust. If a child […]

HOW TO CLEAN UP LEAD DUST

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You need to know where lead dust comes from to successfully clean it up. Lead dust from from the door or window parts that rub against each other.  For example where the door rubs the frame. In older homes and child care facilities these areas probably have layers of lead-based paint. As the doors and […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 1.5B LEAD PAINT LAWSUIT IN SANTA CLARA

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Holding Lead Paint Manufacturers Accountable for Selling and Marketing a Product that Poisons Thousands of California Children Each Year (County of Santa Clara, et al. v. Atlantic Richfield, et al.) You would think that with a name like that this would be a strong lawsuit. Well, it was.Read what the Santa Clara’s Office of the […]

LEAD AND CHILDREN

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Your child’s doctor has notified you that your child has elevated blood lead levels. The blood test will trigger a notice to the building department that will usually issue a Notice of Violation (NOV) to the building owner. The purpose of this post is not to discuss the well-known health effects of lead in children […]

LEAD-BASED PAINT ALLOWABLE LEVELS 2020

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ON JANUARY 4, 2020 THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA LOWERED THE ALLOWED LEVELS OF LEAD IN DUST. This was done for interior floors and window sills in an effort to protect children from lead poisoning. There are higher levels that are acceptable if you live in a HUD owned property. The rules are very complex and […]

What to Expect during an Abatement or Remediation

Mold remediation or asbestos abatement can be emotionally draining and financially devastating. Understanding the process will help you. Remediation means removing and cleaning up mold. Abatement means removing and cleaning up asbestos, lead, lead-based paint, chemicals, or sewage. Following these steps will save your money and your sanity.

New Proposed EPA Lead Dust Limits

New limit dust limit on floors is 10 µg/ft2  Old limit lead dust  limit on floors is 40 µg/ft2  New limit dust limit on window sills is 100 µg/ft2  Old limit lead dust  limit on window sills is 250 µg/ft2  These lead levels are scheduled to become law on January 6, 2020 in California.

How to Remove Lead-based Paint Dust

Old doors and frames painted before 1980 usually have lead-based paint. When the door rubs against the frame this will create dust. This area is called a friction point and can be found on windows as well. Lead dust is dangerous to children under 7.

Lead-based Paint & Children

Your child’s doctor has notified you that your child has elevated blood lead levels. The blood test will trigger a notice from the building department

SF Bay Area Lead Limits

The building next door is being remodeled and your living areas are full of construction dust.