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  • Asbestos Inspection:

    Asbestos Exposure

    There are many laws and regulations that vary by state and city associated with asbestos removal in residential and commercial buildings. Never remove a suspected or confirmed asbestos containing material without consulting a licensed asbestos professional who is familiar with the regulations applicable in your area. Generally speaking if your home was built before 1984 you should have any suspected asbestos materials tested.

    Exposure to airborne asbestos can cause adverse health effects to the affected person. Continued exposure can increase the amount of asbestos fibers that remain in the lung. Fibers embedded in lung tissue over time may cause serious lung diseases including: asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma. Tobacco smokers who have been exposed to asbestos have a far greater-than-additive risk for lung cancer than do nonsmokers who have been exposed, meaning the risk is greater than the individual risks from asbestos and smoking added together. Repairs to ACM must be done only by trained professionals with methods to safely handle asbestos since there is always a risk of exposure to fibers when asbestos is disturbed.

    Doing repairs yourself is not recommended because improper handling of asbestos materials can create a hazard where none previously existed.

    Sources of Asbestos

    Many products in use today contain asbestos. Asbestos fibers are incredibly strong and have properties that make them resistant to heat. Asbestos was mixed with multiple construction materials and installed in many buildings. Examples of suspect asbestos containing materials are included but not limited to:

    Asbestos Surveys

    Elite Environmental Consulting conducts a thorough investigation to identify the location, quantity and condition of all suspect asbestos containing materials within the building followed by a comprehensive report to document findings. If asbestos is present, our report will indicate the affected materials, location, extent of damage and provide recommendations.

    Asbestos air clearances must be conducted once remediation of asbestos containing material has been completed to insure the area is available for re-occupancy and below the clearance level of 0.01f/cc.

    Lead-Based Paint Inspection:

    Lead-Based Paint

    Elite Environmental Consulting is certified by the California Department of Public Health and the Environmental Protection Agency to perform Lead-Based Paint Inspections, Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessments, and Lead Clearance Testing. If your home was built before 1978 you may have suspect lead-based Paint.

    Note: Federal Law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting or buying pre-1978 housing: Landlords must disclose known information about lead-based paint and paint hazards before leases take effect. These leases must include a disclosure form pamphlet about lead-based paint. Sellers must also disclose known information about lead-based paint and paint hazards before selling a house. Contracts must include a disclosure form and buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards. Federal law also requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, condos, offices, commercial sites, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

    Lead / Health

    Lead was once a common additive found in paints of pottery glazes, gasoline, indoor plumbing, and various other materials and objects. Today we understand lead to be a toxic that poses serious health risks for individuals with either intense or prolonged exposure to lead-containing materials. Adults can experience lasting complications such as high blood pressure, hypertension, headaches, irritability, low appetite, and reduced sensation, but it is children under the age of six who are particularly at risk and vulnerable to more permanent side effects of lead poisoning due to leads ability to interfere with the brain and nervous system processes. Developmental and behavioral problems such as attention issues, aggression, and reduced IQ can occur even in cases of mild lead poisoning.
    The most common ways lead can enter the body is through inhalation or ingestion by normal hand-to-mouth activities like playing and eating.
    Unlike other health issues, lead poisoning is entirely preventable. HUD estimates that at least 24 million American homes still contain lead-based paint risks and lead poisoning continues to be a major health problem for children under the age of six.

    If you own or rent housing built before 1978, if you regularly visit an older home or childcare facility, or if a friend/relative has been diagnosed with lead poisoning, you should consider testing your property, your children, and yourself for harmful levels of lead. Buyers purchasing real estate, landlords, and construction crews performing repairs, renovations, or remodels on homes built before 1978 are also advised to be aware of the potential risk of lead poisoning.

    Lead-Based Paint Inspection is defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a surface-by-surface investigation to determine the presence or absence of Lead-Based Paint. The inspector will perform a visual inspection of the property, looking for potential lead-based paint hazards such as peeling, chipping, or flaking paint, and examine settled dust samples on window sills, doorways, and floors to see if they contain lead. This type of testing will determine the lead content of each type of surface that is sampled.

    Lead-Based Paint Inspections

    Elite Environmental Consulting will conduct a thorough investigation to identify the location, quantity and condition of any suspect Lead-Based Paints and lead containing paints within the building followed by a comprehensive report to document findings. If Lead-Based Paint or lead containing paint is present, our report will indicate the affected materials, location, extent of damage and provide recommendations.
    Lead-Based Paint may be present on any painted substrate or ceramic tile within a building and should be inspected prior to renovation or demolition.

    A lead dust clearance inspection must be completed once remediation has been completed to insure lead contamination is not present.

    Lead-Based Paint Inspection is defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a surface-by-surface investigation to determine the presence or absence of Lead-Based Paint. The inspector will perform a visual inspection of the property, looking for potential lead-based paint hazards such as peeling, chipping, or flaking paint, and examine settled dust samples on window sills, doorways, and floors to see if they contain lead. This type of testing will determine the lead content of each type of surface that is sampled.

    Mold Inspection:

    Introduction to Mold

    Elite Environmental Consulting offers a variety of microbial consultation services so that we can assist you in identifying, assessing, and remedeating any issue discovered and its impact on indoor air quality.

    Molds are tiny microscopic organisms that digest organic matter and reproduce by releasing spores, they are a type of fungi with over 100,000 species. Mold becomes a problem when they enter a home as microscopic airborne spores from the outside environment and settles on moisture to grow. It is important to know that mold needs moisture to grow. Controlling mold is a matter of controlling the moisture in the home, you know you have mold when you smell a musty odor or see small black, darkened, or white specks along a damp wall usually by a water source.

    Mold does not generally affect healthy individuals however those with allergies or asthma may be more sensitive and develop reactions to mold. Mold-sensitive people and those with prolonged mold exposure may experience hay-fever type symptoms including: coughing, skin rash, running nose, red eyes, nasal congestion, aggravation of asthma and difficulty breathing. Individuals with immune system suppression and lung diseases are at an increased risk for infections from mold additionally it can have more profound symptoms in very young or old individuals.

    Microbial Contamination Assessments

    Elite Environmental Consulting will perform a thorough inspection of property including a moisture assessment, bio aerosol (air) testing, surface sampling, and relative humidity readings to assess whether contamination exists within the property. Our detailed reports are the best in the industry and include not only empirical lab and site data but a scope of remediation work detailed in the report.

    Microbial Contamination Remediation Project Design

    Elite Environmental Consulting will develop site specific protocols for mitigating mold contamination problems and will develop specific control recommendations to minimize the potential for recontamination once the remediation is complete.

    Microbial Remediation Project Management

    Elite Environmental Consulting performs supervisory management of mold remediation projects to verify that proper mold remediation procedures are being followed by the remediation contractor, verify containment integrity throughout the project, monitor negative pressure differentials within the containment area, verify proper use of Personal Protective Equipment, decontamination procedures and enforce strict adherence to the scope of the remediation project specificationssampling.

    Once remediation has been completed a Microbial clearance test must be performed by a licenced inspector.

    Bacteria Inspection:

    Sewage Backup Why Test?

    Damage from flood water containing sewage and feces is a very common problem encountered
    by home owners and building managers. Sewage wastewater, if it contains fecal waste, may be contaminated with a wide variety of microbes, including viruses, parasites, bacteria, and yeasts. Many of these are
    pathogenic to humans. These microbes must be and the environment must be disinfected with appropriate biocides.
    In the event of sewage water contamination, cleanup, disinfection and testing are necessary to
    ensure that the cleanup and disinfection are successful and the living environment is free of
    contamination from sewage associated microbes.
    Sewage backup could lead to sewage contamination of the occupied spaces. Exposure to sewage contamination increases the risk of contracting diseases of the digestive system and other related illnesses. Potential disease causing organisms in sewage contamination include Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Shigella.
    Sources of sewage contamination may include raw sewage backup, severe flooding and leaking sewer lines or septic tanks.

    Elite Environmental Consulting will assess the affected work area, take moisture readings and collect swab samples to determine the potential health risks from sewage contamination. Sampling after cleanup is recommended to determine if the cleanup was successful.

    Bacteria clearance testing must be conducted once remediation has been completed to insure a proper cleaning has been done.

    Fecal Coliforms

    The term fecal colifor is rather misleading since not all bacteria found in this group are of fecal origin. Fecal coliforms include bacteria such as E. coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, and Citrobacter. With the exception of E. coli, these bacteria could also be associated with plants.

    Escherichia coli (E. coli)

    As mentioned above the E. coli belong to the fecal coliform group. Presence of E. coli is a reliable indication of fecal or sewage contamination. However, E. coli has also been isolated from soil suggesting that it may not be 100% reliable indicator of fecal or sewage contamination.

    Enterococcus

    Enterococci are a subgroup within the fecal streptococcus group. Enterococci are typically more human-specific than the larger fecal streptococcus group. EPA recommends enterococci as the best indicator of health risk. They are rarer than the coliforms in the environment and are always present in the feces of warm-blooded animals.