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Commercial Testing

You don’t necessarily need to know about an environmental problem to be held liable for it. Environmental-based lawsuits against property owners, property managers, co-op/condo associations, insurers, realtors, builders and contractors — claiming that environmental problems could have been avoided — are commonplace.

commercial environmental testingSince most environmental issues are hidden from view, it’s important to test to see if your property is contaminated with mold, radon, lead, asbestos, and other toxins, or whether the conditions for future contamination exist. By acting now to uncover and contain problems, you may avert future lawsuits, expensive remediation projects, and excessive insurance costs. You’ll also be protecting the health of your tenants, customers, and employees. Comprehensive water, soil and air quality sampling and testing practices enable RTK to provide an accurate, unbiased assessment of your specific issues and potential risks.

Even if your property is free from environmental hazards today, a problem could arise tomorrow. RTK Environmental group helps prevent problems. Our consultants explain how to discourage mold growth and limit exposure to toxins during renovations. We also advise you how to be fully compliant with all federal, state, and local regulations and standards.

Call us today at 800.392.6468 so our team can inspect your property to ensure that it is free of hazardous materials.

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It’s Time to Bust Lead Dust

Did you know that lead dust is more dangerous than lead paint itself? According to the Center for Disease Control, a speck of lead dust, equal to a grain of sand, is enough to poison a child. Lead dust is the most common form of lead poisoning. If you do have lead in your home, you will need a lead abatement plan.

The only way to know, however, is to have lead testing done.

What is Lead Dust?

lead dustLead dust forms when lead paint is chipped away or sanded. Most houses built before 1978, when it was banned, contain lead paint. Contrary to what most people think, a child doesn’t have to eat paint chips to get lead poisoning. Microscopic lead dust can be released into the air by simply raising and lowering a window painted with lead paint. The friction between the painted window sash and the painted window frame grinds the paint and generates toxic lead-containing dust. Lead dust is invisible, travels through the air, and is very harmful when inhaled.

how do you get lead poisoning

Every year, over 500,000 children under the age of six get lead poisoning.  Pregnant woman and pets are also in high-risk groups.  Lead poisoning causes brain damage, lower IQ, ADD, headaches, reduced neonatal weight, damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, and sometime seizures, coma and even death.

Before doing any work in your home, have a certified lead inspector conduct a lead test to see if you are at risk. When hiring renovators or contractors, be sure that they are EPA certified in RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) and provide a lead-safe work practice. Also, when cleaning lead dust on your own, be sure to follow the proper precautions.