MARIA DUST TESTING

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We test the dust in your home, office, or car to find your allergy triggers identified by your allergist. MARIA dust testing will show the presence of dog and cat dander, mouse and rodent feces and urine, and dust mites by type. If your Allergist or Medical Team find you are allergic to dog  or […]

HOW MANY ASBESTOS SAMPLES WILL I NEED?

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The number of asbestos bulk samples needed to determine if asbestos fibers are present in building materials depends on how large the area is of each suspect material if that material has been applied at the same time or sequentially what kind of material it is Surfacing Materials Surfacing materials are like floor tile, sheet […]

ERMI DUST TESTING

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ERMI stands for the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index. This testing protocol was developed by EPA. This sampling is a combination of EPA research, powerful PCR technology, and a method to screen buildings for mold and other contaminants. It was developed by scientists at the EPA to provide a straightforward, objective, and standardized way to obtain […]

EPA ASBESTOS LIST

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The EPA has a list of common building materials that may contain asbestos.  Buildings built before 1981 may have asbestos. The EPA list and the list below do not include every product or building material that may contain asbestos. It is intended as a general guide to show which types of materials may contain asbestos. […]

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 […]

ASSESS YOUR ASBESTOS RISK

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Own Property and Worried about Asbestos Liability or Your Health? Buildings built after 1981 usually do not contain asbestos. #1 Have  a professional assess your risks American Air Testing will come to your site and walk through and identify probable asbestos-containing building materials. Testing for the presence of asbestos requires that a small sample of […]

OZONE DOES NOT FIX MOLD

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Over the years we have performed mold clearance testing on projects where ozone was tried. Every one of them failed. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) states: “No gas- or vapor- phase biocide can effectively and safely remediate a microbially contaminated building because of problems with biocide deliver, efficacy, and toxicity.” Concentrated ozone […]

MOLD CONSULTANTS IN OTHER AREAS

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For other toxic mold consultants outside San Francisco  contact the American Council of Accredited Certification. Experience with Peer Reviewed Credentials 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 experience. Also, credential candidates […]

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 […]

MOLD LAWS AND OCCUPANCY

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One of the most notable is SB 655. We encourage you to read this bill yourself. The California Apartment Association did a marvelous job of limiting certain provisions in SB 655. However, there remain problems for landlords. It is cheaper and easier to listen to your tenants’ issues and respond to them with a correction, […]

WHO CAN TEST FOR ASBESTOS

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Who can test for asbestos is complicated.  The laws are confusing and contradictory. All asbestos-containing building materials need to be identified and the correct number of samples safely collected and analyzed. Asbestos testing is not a DIY project. People call asking if we process self-collected asbestos samples. We don’t. Most labs don’t. If the material […]

HOW TO LAUNDER MOLDY CLOTHING AND STUFFED TOYS

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If there is visible discoloration or mold growth on a cloth item, it should be discarded or professionally cleaned. Wash a single load and wash for three complete cycles using the hottest water possible. Use regular detergent combined with a small amount of bleach, if appropriate. Bleach does not kill mold – that’s an urban […]

HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY HOME ENVIRONMENT

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Mold growth is always caused by too much water or humidity inside the living spaces Reasons for high humidity water leaks no or low performing exhaust fans single pane or broken windows no insulation in perimeter walls too many people or contents in a small space Water leaks Please contact your landlord, facilities manager or […]

DUST EXPOSURE AND ALLERGIES

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You need to know where lead dust comes from to successfully clean it up. Old doors and windows 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. Opening and closing and closing old wood window frame can create […]

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 […]

PREPARE FOR YOUR MOLD INSPECTION

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We want to give you the BEST, most accurate and actionable mold snapshot of your project that is possible. Follow these steps to prepare for a toxic mold inspection: Keep all doors and windows closed for a period of two hours before any testing begins. Turn off air purification machines for twenty-four hours before the […]

CHOOSE THE RIGHT HEPA AIR PURIFIER FOR YOU

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Add Your Heading Text Here You have choices when purchasing a HEPA air purifier. Here are some useful tips to help you choose the right HEPA air purifier. A true-HEPA air purifier has a folded, paper HEPA filter. All (or almost all) air is passed through the filter. True HEPA air purifiers captures up to 99.97 […]

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 […]