What Happened to the $1.15B Lead Paint Lawsuit in Santa Clara?

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.

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Take Your Own Mold Samples

Taking a tape lift mold sample is a quick, inexpensive, reliable way to determine if you have a mold problem.

Mold Laws for Landlords

There have been a lot of recent changes in laws that govern landlord-tenant relationships in San Francisco. One of the most notable is SB 655.


Who Can Test for Asbestos?

Who can test for asbestos is complicated because of the laws and the need to identify all asbestos containing building materials present.

Lead-based Paint & Children

Your child’s doctor has notified you that your child has elevated blood lead levels. The blood test will trigger a notice from the building department


Dust Exposure and Me

The building next door is being remodeled and your living areas are full of construction dust.

Bay Area Lead Limits

The building next door is being remodeled and your living areas are full of construction dust.

How Many Asbestos Bulk Samples are Needed?

Asbestos was used as insulation and to strengthen other building materials. Building materials, like popcorn ceiling texture, were usually mixed onsite and applied, typically at one time in one location, but not always.

So, the standard for asbestos bulk sampling of Presumed Asbestos Materials is a minimum of 3, 5 or 7 bulk samples per material.

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Airborne Particulates and Why They Matter

Particles are separated into repairable and non repairable groupes. Non-repairable means it’s so small it gets stuck in your lungs.

Get the Best Performance From Your HEPA

There are lots and lots of personal air purifiers for sale out there. So, make a great buying decision by using a little knowledge.

It is not beneficial to add ozone to your indoor air. Ozone is a reactive and unstable molecule that may disrupt airborne bacteria. That’s why some believe it should be added to air purifiers.

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How to Keep Your Apartment Healthy

Mold growth is always caused from too much water or humidity inside a living space.

Reasons for high humidity:

  • water leaks
  • no or low performing exhaust fans
  • single paned or broken windows
  • no insulation in perimeter walls 

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How to Remove Lead-based Paint Dust

Old doors and 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 and can be found on windows as well. Lead dust is dangerous to children under 7.

SF Mold Notice of Violation

What is San Francisco building department’s (SFBD) Mold Notice of Violation (NOV)? 

The rules are that any visible discoloration seen inside a rented residential unit is eligible to receive a NOV. We don’t know how often this rule is followed.

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SF Lead Notice of Violation

Have you received a Lead-paint Notice of Violate? We can help.

SF Asbestos Notice of Violation


Have you received an Asbestos Notice of Violation (NOV) from San Francisco Building Department for a property that you own.  We can help!

This type of NOV can be a minor annoyance to repair or something that, if you don’t respond to this immediately, can balloon into fines and liens from the building department. 

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Mold Laws for Tenants

New California state and City laws took effect on January 1, 2016. The biggest change is Senate Bill 655 (SB655) or the Mold Housing Act, which provides follow through to the 2001 Toxic Mold Protection Act that primarily ordered a study to try to determine what level of mold is harmful to human health. That’s not possible with current technology.

How to Launder Clothing with Settled Mold Spores

If there is visible discoloration or mold growth on a cloth item, it should be discarded or professionally cleaned by a mold remediation company.

EPA Asbestos List

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 may

Preparing for your Mold Inspection

Valid mold outside baselines cannot be performed within the first 24 hours after rain.

Depending on the type of testing performed, lab results are usually ready within three business days. If the results are needed sooner, rush service is available sooner. This will be discussed with you onsite.

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Other Toxic Mold Consultants

Outside of the San Francisco Bay Area

If you are looking for a credentialed toxic mold consultants outside San Francisco Bay Area here’s a link to our national toxic mold inspectors certification organization:

Click here and you can search the American Council for Accredited Certification by zip code of your project.

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What to Expect from ERMI Dust Testing

This test measures dust in your home. The test can’t tell if the dust has been there a day or a year. It can tell your allergist/medical team about the conditions inside your home, office, or vehicle.

It can tell your Health Professional about the living conditions of 

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How to Maintain a Mold-Free Home.

By following the steps outlined below your chances of mold returning are greatly reduced.

Request/schedule mold validation or clearance testing performed after the mold remediation company has completed the removal and before any interior reconstruction begins.

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How to Choose a Air Purifier

Before you buy an air purifier, try some simple, common-sense steps to reduce indoor air pollution. Begin by often vacuuming, banning smoking indoors, minimizing the use of candles and wood fires, and using exhaust fans in kitchen, bath, and laundry areas.

What Is Mold Remediation?

Proper mold remediation is done by trained workers appropriately clothed with mask. Correctly installed and functioning engineering controls. Ducting is well sealed. Descent electrical wiring for machinery along with correctly installed lights.