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Why SCAQMD Compliance is Important

What is SCAQMD? SCAQMD stands for South Coast Air Quality Management District. Their primary concern is with the health and welfare of citizens of southern California as it relates to air quality and pollution. They work to improve the general public knowledge of air quality and the things that affect it such as wood smoke or particulate matter in the air. The lungs are one of the most vital organs in the human body and if they are damaged by inhaled substances, it can lead to problems in a variety of other areas. It is for this reason that the SCAQMD exists. One of the most important things that is governed by SCAQMD is particulate matter stemming from asbestos. Public knowledge concerning the health threat posed by asbestos has grown in recent years and some of the diseases that are caused by the inhalation of asbestos are well known. Two of these diseases are asbestosis and mesothelioma, both diseases which are incurable and stem directly from interaction between lung (and surrounding) tissues and asbestos fibers. Why is Compliance Important? There are a myriad of reasons why compliance with SCAQMD is important: Compliance with the EPA Citizen awareness Protection from litigation Promotion of health and welfare Though companies are not required to become certified and be compliant with the rules and regulations set forth by SCAQMD, those companies that are in compliance are going above and beyond the most regulations set forth in the United States. In particular, they are going above and beyond the regulations that are already set forth by the EPA and OSHA. A company going out of their way to promote safety for both their clients and their technicians is of particular importance when dealing with dangerous substances like asbestos. The process of asbestos abatement, in particular, is extremely hazardous and compliance with SCAQMD regulations shows a level of concern that goes above and beyond the norm. Southern California companies like Environmental 911, in particular, set a good example for the other companies in their industry. For asbestos abatement, lead removal, mold remediation, and bacterial removal make sure you call environmentall911. We service Pasadena, Los Angeles, Orange County and surrounding...

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The Importance of Having a Mold Inspector When Buying a New Home

Congratulations, you’re buying a new home! But wait, before you schedule that home inspection keep in mind that most regular home inspections do not reveal signs of moisture and mold. The best course of action when making one of the biggest purchases of your life would be to consider all of your options when it comes to the safety of your new property. The presence of mold in a home can be very dangerous to your health and it can seriously compromise the integrity of your home’s foundation, plus it presents an ugly appearance and foul odor. Real estate laws vary from state to state, and not all states require a seller to disclose mold problems, but in the state of California a seller can be liable for any undisclosed issues. When it comes to your realtor, it may not be in their best interest to inform you about any possible damage there may be due to a fear of loss of sale. It’s up to you to take matters into your own hands and go with a company like Environmental 911 who can seek out any potential issues before you buy a house. The good news is testing is not costly. It strongly benefits you as a buyer to be proactive and take the extra steps. If mold is revealed you may just have yourself a bargaining chip. E-911 will do the poking around for you and fully disclose any activity you can’t see. Hidden mold can be found behind wallpaper or paneling, under tiles, under the backside of dry wall, under carpet, even in the piping inside walls. Save yourself from what can turn into a huge expense down the road and move into your new home under the safest of conditions. For mold remediation in Pasadena, Los Angeles and neighboring cities contact environmental911. We’re the most trusted mold removal company serving Ventura County, Orange County and some areas of the Inland empire. Have a bacterial problem? Our services extend to bacteria removal as...

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Does Your Insurance Cover Your Damage?

Mother nature can be a very temperamental beast, and sometimes she pummels right through your living room. Once shock and dismay wear off following an unforeseen disaster, you could be left with serious property damage. So many questions race through your mind like, “How am I going to pick up with pieces?” And, “Will my insurance cover this?” Whether you are a new homeowner or have lived in your house for years, your home is important to you, and it’s important to know what your insurance covers. Asbestos, mold, lead, oh my! Don’t be scared. Environmental 911 is no stranger when it comes to working with many different insurance companies and will lead you step-by-step through the process of your insurance claim. After an environmental impact homeowners should keep their eyes and ears wide open to any signs of changes in the home such as mold growth, which can form after a major storm or flood. The source of the moisture can determine whether or not you are covered and you’ll breathe a huge sigh of relief when a knowledgeable team shows up at your door that won’t give you the run around. Has the rumble of a recent rainstorm left behind a rubble of a mess? The roaring sound from a tree limb snapping off and crashing can be a terrifying experience, and if there’s property damage most likely your insurance will cover it. But what if there is no wreck to your home, does this omit the insurance company altogether? If this is the case, you’ll need guidance and help with debris removal. There are a ton of grey areas after nature rears its ugly head so don’t get stuck at a crossroad, leave it to the professionals who can assist you at E-911. Environmental911 is your top service provider of mold remediation, lead removal, asbestos abatement and bacterial removal in Pasadena, Los Angeles and neighboring...

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Environmental Protection Agency Mold Remediation Guidelines

Oh no! You moved things around in your home and found a huge patch of black mold! An incredibly common situation, the way in which you tackle the problem can have a great impact on your health and the health your family. “Can I just paint over it? Why not just turn on some fans to air out the mold?” Believe it or not, plenty of homeowners ask those exact questions. Mold remediation is serious business and unfortunately many people attempt to combat mold without understanding the dangers, taking the proper precautions, or removing the mold from the structure. Check out this video of a homeowner performing mold remediation the right way: Thankfully the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set forth guidelines to protect home environments during the process of mold remediation. Put simply, anyone tackling mold, such as the professional team at Environmental 911, must adhere to a strict set of guidelines in order to complete the mold remediation properly and protect the health of the inhabitants of the structure. However, removing the mold and cleaning out the spores is just half the process. Where there is mold there is a water problem. If you clean up the mold but neglect to fix the water problem the mold will come back. The second half of mold remediation involves: Fixing plumbing leaks Replacing roofing materials Sealing or repairing basement leaks Once the process is complete, visible mold and odors should be eliminated. Though there may be staining or cosmetic damage from the mold, there should be no remaining signs of living mold. There should be no remaining signs or symptoms of water damage or moisture. Ultimately, the goal of mold remediation is for inhabitants to re-occupy the area, without incidence of health complaints of physical symptoms of mold growth. Sources: EPA.gov [http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html] Corey Binford Killing Toxic Black Mold [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzd0bz828nk] Environmental911 keeps your home healthy. Whether it’s asbestos abatement or lead removal we ensure your home is healthy livable conditions. We’re top mold remediation and bacteria removal experts in Pasadena, Los Angeles and neighboring...

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Asbestos Awareness

Environmental 911 provides asbestos awareness as part of their abatement strategy to help property owners understand and make informed decisions regarding removal. In this blog we cover the “what, where, and why” as well as some important information that can protect your family or employees from the dangerous health effects of exposure. What? Although many assume it is a chemically-laden, manmade product, asbestos is actually completely natural. It is made up of a group of minerals which bundle into fibers in the environment. The widespread use of asbestos makes a lot more sense when considering its natural heat, fire, and chemical resistance and that it does not conduct electricity. Where? Asbestos is mined similarly to other mineral compounds and has been used in a wide range of industries. It can be found in cement, plastics, insulation, roofing, friend sound proofing, the break shoes and clutch pads of cars, ceiling and floor tiles, paints, coatings, adhesives, some vermiculite-containing garden products, and even some crayons. Why? Although it is natural and offers some useful properties, the EPA banned all new uses of asbestos in 1979 due to its potential detriment to human health. It was found that the fibers of asbestos, when released into the air, can be inhaled into the lungs. There they accumulate and cause scarring, inflammation, and lead to serious respiratory problems and other health conditions. Classified as a known human carcinogen, studies have shown that asbestos exposure can increase the risk of multiple types of cancer including lung cancer. Overall evidence suggests there is no safe level of exposure. Certain factors such as dose, duration, size and shape of the fibers, and individual factors such a smoking or pre-existing lung disease can greatly increase one’s risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. Though its use has declined significantly due to regulations and widespread public concern, roughly 2,400 metric tons of asbestos was still being mined for domestic use as of 2005. To find out more about asbestos abatement and safe removal, contact the professionals at Environmental 911 today. Source: National Cancer Institute [http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/asbestos] Environmental911 keeps your home healthy. Whether it’s asbestos abatement or lead removal we ensure your home is healthy livable conditions. We’re top mold remediation and bacteria removal experts in Pasadena, Los Angeles and neighboring...

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Earthquake Preparedness

After the recent temblor in Los Angeles on March 28, 2014 earthquake preparedness is once again a hot topic. The epicenter of the quake was 20 miles east of downtown LA in La Habra, California. Its 5.1 magnitude was enough to cause minor damage to homes and apartments in the area, displacing 50 people and leaving many feeling vulnerable about future seismic events. History Back in 1987 the same Puente Hills thrust fault suffered a slightly larger quake of 5.9 magnitude, killing eight people and costing the city $100 million in damages. Since then a number of building codes and safety measures have been put in place to prevent major damage and save lives. Prepare in Three Easy Steps The first step in earthquake preparedness for any home or business is to create and practice an emergency evacuation plan. Identify the safest place to duck for cover in each room – such as under a table or protected by furniture. The second step is to put together an emergency preparedness kit. This kit should contain basic items such as: first aid, flashlights, food bars, and water. It is also a good idea to include an extra pair of shoes and change of clothes. The contents of each kit will depend on how many people it is intended to support. The last and possibly most important step is to review your home or office space with an earthquake in mind. Make sure all items are well secured, and remove anything hanging over beds and couches such as pictures or mirrors. Bolt and brace large items such as water heaters and appliances. We Clean Up After Earthquake Damage If you find yourself in need of emergency services after an earthquake, Construction 911 will be there to help.  We have been serving Southern California since 1999, in the Los Angeles, North Orange, South Ventura, and San Bernardino/Riverside counties. Environmental911 keeps your home healthy. Whether it’s asbestos abatement or lead removal we ensure your home is healthy livable conditions. We’re top mold remediation and bacteria removal experts in Pasadena, Los Angeles and neighboring...

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