Reduce CO2 in Your Home


Tips to reduce and remove CO2 from your home. Simple steps for ventilation, plants, using monitoring as a guide.

4 Ways to Reduce CO2 Inside Your Building


Discusses the ways to lower and reduce CO2 inside your building by using electrical appliances, regulating fresh air intake through HVAC systems or open the windows and using plants.

Learn About Asbestos Testing


Learn About Asbestos Testing The photo above was taken from an old Mae West movie. It was used to show how our attitudes about asbestos have changed. “Asbestos” is a group of six naturally occurring minerals. These minerals are extremely resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. While these qualities make it a very useful material, […]

9 Things Attorneys Should Know About Mold

John R. Riera

9 Things Attorneys Should know about Mold John R. Riera, CIE, CMRS, CMC, CAC, LRCIA #1 National Standard The Nationally Recognized Standard For Mold Remediation Is The IICRC S52 The nationally recognized Standard (not a guideline, rather an ASNI approved Standard) is the ANSI/IICRC S520 here. This standard was created by a group of professional mold […]

How To Hire a Mold Inspector

John R. Riera

How To Hire A Mold Inspector What Are The Different Kinds of Mold Inspectors? The State of California does not offer or require any type of license for mold professionals that do not do repairs/remediation.  The most respected national credentialing organization for mold inspectors is the American council for Accredited Certification. Look for these credentials:  […]

What To Expect During An Asbestos Abatement


What To Expect from an Asbestos Abatement Understand the Rules If asbestos containing building materials to be removed exceeding 100 square feet and/or contain a bearing wall, a professional asbestos abatement contractor should be hired. Some counties now require a lead-based paint inspection certificate, also, before issuing a building permit. More Info: BAAQMD 10-Day-Notice SFDBI […]

Particles Testing


Particles Testing Smoke, Pollen, Fiberglass, Skin Cells, animal Dander, Molds, and Dust Mites We can test the air and the dust or wall residue in your home, office, or vehicle for smoke,pollen, fiberglass, skin cells, and dust mites. This type of testing is most beneficial if you are working with an allergist that has identified […]

5 Things to Know About Water Leaks


5 Things to Know About Water Leaks 1. How To Respond To A Water Leaks If you find a leak or have a flooding episode, stop the water/turn off the water if you can.  Have a professional clean up and dry out all affected building materials and contents.  This should be done within 24 to […]

Limit Environmental Liability for Landlords – Part 2


Limit Environmental Liability for Landlords- Part 2 If You Have a Tenant Complaint About Mold To limit environmental liability it is necessary for an Environmental Consultant to create documentation as though every case was going to trial. That’s exactly what we do. It is important the problem seen by the tenant is clearly identified. We […]

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 […]

Limit Environmental Liability for Landlords


Limit Environmental Liability For Landlords Protect Yourself! Before tenants move into your new property get an environmental inspection! 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 […]

How Many Asbestos Samples Will I Need?


How Many Asbestos Samples Will I Need? The 3,5,7 Rule Determining the number of samples to be taken for bulk materials: 3 Samples if the specific material is <1000 square feet. 5 Samples if the specific material is between 1000-5000 square feet. 7 Samples if the specific material is >5000 square feet. If an environmental […]

Remove Mold from Stuffed Toys


Remove Mold From Stuffed Toys DO NOT USE THIS METHOD IS YOU SEE ANY DISCOLORATION OR OTHER SIGNS OF MOLD GROWTH ON THE OUTSIDE OF STUFFED TOYS. For the safety of your child, please call a professional content cleaning company. Call us for a list. Open a seam in the toy and remove all stuffing. […]

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

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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 Cigarette Smoke testing for a mixture of Mainstream and sidestream Smoke 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 […]

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 […]

Particles Matter


Particles Matter Particles Matter because You Breathe them You will breathe better the fewer wildfire and other types of particulates that you breathe. Some particulate matter is so small that the human lungs cannot expel the particles after they have been inhaled.  This ultra-small particulate matter is referred to as non-respirable particles. This small particulate […]

Who Can Test for Asbestos


Who Can Test For Asbestos It Depends If it’s Clearance Testing for a school a government building, or a public building a CAC (Certified Asbestos Consultant) should do TEM air sampling. If it’s a demolition or includes a bearing wall, A CAC should do the bulk testing. You will need the CAC j-card number when […]

What To Expect During Remediation

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What To Expect During Remediation 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 and cleaning up asbestos, lead, lead-based paint, chemicals, or sewage. The is […]

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 No Kill Moldfds Ozone does not remove mold contamination. Water and cellulose cause mold growth. The water sources must be removed first. Second, all building materials and contents affected by growing and settled mold spores must be replaced or professionally cleaned. So, even if a contractor tents your […]

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 for […]

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 Lead Dust Levels Overview 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. Regardless of the allowed levels, children should be protected from […]

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

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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 Probable Asbestos Containing Materials EPA Sample List of Asbestos Containing Materials NOTE: This list does not include every product/material that may contain asbestos. It is intended as a general guide to show which types of materials that may contain asbestos. High Temperature […]

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. If your Allergist or Medical Team find you are allergic to dog  or cat dander, mice or rodent feces or urine, or dust mites, then MARIA dust testing it […]