Protecting Massachusetts Residents with Environmental Testing
Homes and properties in every state are at risk for contamination from toxic chemicals and substances and Massachusetts is no exception. According to the United States Census Bureau, 85% of the roughly 2.8 million residences throughout the state, including both apartments and houses, were built before 1989. These buildings are more prone to lead and asbestos contaminations because of the way construction materials were regulated when they were built. It is therefore important to have periodic environmental testing performed on any home that is more than 35 years old, particularly after any form of severe weather where water or structural damage has occurred.
The weather in Massachusetts is largely normalized throughout the year by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. There is a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year, an average of 48 inches a year compared to the national average of 38 inches, which peaks in the summer months when the humidity rises above 80% from May through September. These are ideal conditions for mold growth and any water damage that is suspected or discovered should be investigated immediately.