Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Before 1978, many homes were constructed using building materials and paints that contained lead. Because lead exposure can cause serious health problems, it's critical to identify potential sources of lead and minimize contamination in residential spaces. Here are four common places that lead can be hiding in a home.
Homes that appear spotless may still contain dangerous amounts of lead-contaminated dust, which can enter the house from several sources. Dust containing lead can be tracked in from contaminated soil on shoes or can be leftover from a home remodeling project with flaking lead-based paint. Practicing good hygiene, avoiding wearing shoes inside, and dusting windows, sills, and floors are all good ways to minimize the risk of dust that contains lead.
Lead is also often present in soil, where it comes from two primary sources:
Deteriorated buildings or fences that used lead-based paint or materials
Roadways where vehicles that used leaded gasoline were once common
Covering bare soil with grass, shrubs, mulch, or cement can minimize humans' exposure to lead in soil. For this reason, parents and caregivers should prevent children from playing in or ingesting soil.
Many homes built before 1930 were constructed with lead pipes for plumbing, but even homes built as recently as 1984 might also have used pipes containing lead-based solder in their copper joints. Any amount of lead in a plumbing system can easily contaminate the water, making it dangerous to use for drinking, cooking, or bathing. During a thorough lead inspection, a professional will test a home's water to check for the presence of lead.
Until the late 1970s, lead-based paint was commonly used on many household features and furniture items. In addition to the risk of flaking paint forming lead-contaminated dust over time, children have been known to ingest chips of paint that they find on the ground or windowsills. Merely applying another layer of paint on top of peeling or chipping lead-based paint isn't sufficient; it must be safely removed before it can be painted over.
Having a thorough lead inspection is one of the best ways of checking your household's risk of lead exposure. In addition to performing comprehensive lead inspections, the team at ASAP Environmental, Inc. provides residents in the Boston area with lead paint, asbestos, and mold inspection services. Schedule an inspection today by calling 800-349-7779.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Symptoms of Mold Exposure in Peoplemold spores can grow in indoor and outdoor settings, chances are an individual has been exposed to at least some contamination from mold spores. Mold infestations can cause serious health issues for people and household pets. However, the effects of mold exposure can vary from person to person. That being said, even the healthiest of people can experience symptoms from prolonged exposure such as wheezing, congestion, or eye irritation. Mold exposure can also cause insomnia, anxiety, or intensify other mental health stressors. People with underlying health conditions such as asthma, immune suppression, or allergies are more prone to severe symptoms such as fever or nausea.
Long-Term Health ImplicationsMold spores can produce and spread toxic substances in the air. According to the CDC, recent studies have found a potential link between mold infestations and young children developing asthma. While this has not been entirely proven, people with asthma can still experience irritation from prolonged exposure to mold. Severe mold infestations can also cause lung infections if left untreated. At-risks groups such as pregnant women and the elderly can experience worsening symptoms from mold infestations such as vomiting and bleeding in the lungs.
Call a Mold InspectorContact a mold inspection company to pinpoint the source of the infestation. Quickly identifying which mold is present in a home or office building can help mitigate long-term health effects and minimize infrastructural damage. If a person is experiencing severe reactions to mold, allergen tests can be conducted by physicians to determine if they have a mold allergy. If you suspect there is an infestation in your home or office building in the Boston area, ASAP Environmental, Inc. is here to help. We'll provide a free estimate of your inspection cost over the phone. Call us today at 800-349-7779 or schedule an appointment online to get started.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Mold FacilitatorsAll it takes are four “ingredients” for mold to take root: a sturdy surface, heat, oxygen, and moisture. When indoor moisture is elevated, such as with water leaks or high humidity, it’s far easier for mold to spread rapidly. Since most homes have circulating air in them, spores are naturally caught in the currents and settle wherever the conditions are right in other rooms or spaces. This is especially problematic when the mold originates in the basement or other low spots, since warm air rises and inevitably travels up through the house, exposing it on every level. If you, family members, or pets move around the mold at all, it can be spread by regular foot traffic.
Mold SurvivalOrganic materials high in cellulose are mold’s favorite substances to “eat,” meaning many households have everything it needs to survive. Matter like wood, leaves, and carbohydrate-rich foods are more than enough to help it grow. It’s also worth noting that mold can grow on non-organic materials like plastic and carpeting if there’s enough dirt or dust to provide a food source. So long as materials are plentiful and moisture levels are high, mold can easily end up thriving in your home. If you’re concerned about a possible mold infestation, call ASAP Environmental, Inc. Our team has nearly 20 years of experience serving Boston and the New England region with certified lead, mold, and asbestos inspections. Whether your mold situation is minor or serious, we’ll give your home a comprehensive analysis so you can better protect it and also provide answers to all of your questions. Contact us today to schedule an inspection. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Symptoms of Mold Exposure in Pets
Health Impact of Mold for Dogs and CatsAlthough these short-term symptoms are troublesome for animals and their humans alike, exposure is also linked to long-term health implications. Pets may experience:
- Digestive issues
- Damage to the gastrointestinal system
- Respiratory issues
- Organ damage
- Tremors, seizures, and other neurological effects
Help for Pet Mold ExposureWhen an animal displays these symptoms, the owner should seek immediate veterinary care. However, if mold is the culprit, these health problems will not resolve until the property is cleared of these toxins. The presence of visible mold is the most obvious sign that a home needs remediation. However, hidden mold spores can enter the air undetected, which is why a professional mold inspection is so critical when health problems arise. Act quickly when loved ones, including pets, experience unexplained medical concerns. ASAP Environmental, Inc. provides comprehensive mold inspections for homeowners in the Dorchester area, and we also service rental properties. Complete our online form or call 800-349-7779 to schedule a visit from a certified inspector.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Massachusetts Law Regarding Lead in Rental HomesAccording to MassLegalHelp.org, it’s a renter's right to have information regarding existing or possible lead-based substances on the property provided by the landlord. Even before moving into a rental property built before 1978, renters are entitled to the following:
- Any information about the potential for lead paint on the property
- Tenant Lead Law Notification forms (required by law to be signed by both parties)
- Tenant Certification form with the owner's disclosure of lead-based hazards (required by law to be signed by both parties)
- A copy of the most recent lead inspection (if available)
- Copy of compliance (if the property was deleaded)
Next Steps If Lead Hazard Is SuspectedIf a renter notices peeling or loose paint chips, he or she should immediately notify the landlord of their concern in writing and ask for a lead inspection. If the landlord does not comply, tenants with children under age six should contact the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) to arrange a free inspection. Renters who do not qualify for a free inspection may instead hire a professional inspector to determine the presence of lead-based paint. If lead is found, the landlord is required by law to fix it.
Discrimination and Eviction ConcernsThe Massachusetts Department of Public Health emphasizes that discrimination based on the presence of lead paint is illegal. If a renter is refused a lease or evicted from an apartment due to lead hazards on the property, particularly if they are pregnant or have young children, the CLPPP should be contacted immediately. If a rental unit that you own or lease was built before 1978, ensure that lead-based paint isn't present to prevent a safety hazard. ASAP Environmental, Inc. has been providing residents throughout the Boston, MA area with professional lead inspections since 1993. Schedule your inspection today if you suspect that lead may be present in your home.
Friday, August 30, 2019
What Projects Does the RRP Rule Affect?
What Is Considered Renovation Work?
For the purpose of these guidelines, renovation work is any project completed for a fee. This includes only work done to upgrade, fix, or improve the property, not projects specifically conducted for lead abatement.
What Does the LSR Contractor Do?
The certified LSR supervisor on site must provide the homeowner a copy of "Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools," a publication released by the EPA. The supervisor tests each surface that will be disturbed by the renovations to detect the presence of lead. If lead is present, contaminated items remaining in the area will be sealed with plastic sheets and duct tape to prevent further lead contamination. He or she will also visually inspect the work site after the project is over to ensure that paint debris, dust, and chips are completely removed from the area. ASAP Environmental, Inc. has been providing lead paint inspection services for clients in the New England area since 1993. Our certified, experienced inspectors use the latest technology to detect the presence of lead paint throughout the home. Before beginning a renovation project, contact us today at 800-349-7779 or schedule your appointment online.