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Consulting - ACM Plus Environmental
Demolition, Asbestos Testing, Mold Testing, Lead Testing & Inspections
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Consulting

We are experts in the environmental consulting industry, and we bring to our clients over 14 years of industry experience. We are confident you will come to value that on every job we perform for you. Clients in Greater L.A., L.A. County, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties, and the surrounding region have come to rely on us to provide emergency services, insurance restoration and fast appointments. Please continue browsing our website to learn more.
The results of exposure to asbestos, lead or mold are directly linked to a wide variety of health problems unique to each of the materials. Due to the wide variety of uses, applications and natural presence in our environment, the testing and assessment of the materials has been proven to be a key element towards their elimination without potential exposure.
We specialize in asbestos, lead and mold consulting services. Our comprehensive environmental services comply with all Local, State and Federal regulations and state-of-the-art environmental practices. Our services range from initial inspections, educational seminars, assessments, evaluations, project design, project monitoring and final clearances. Our team will work with you to overcome the particular challenges presented by the stringent environmental industry standards, with ease, every step of the way.

Asbestos

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets and coatings.

When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.

Although the use of asbestos has dropped dramatically in recent years, its past use, mostly as an insulating material in homes and buildings, means that it continues to pose a potential health hazard to Los Angeles home owners and employees residing in older buildings.
Do you have the following question or concerns:

• Who can I call about asbestos removal or building demolition questions?

• Do I need to have a survey prior to any demolition or renovation?

• Who needs to file the Asbestos Removal or Demolition Notification form(s)?

• Who should fill out the notification?

• Are there exceptions to the Notification requirement?

• Do I have to notify for a demolition if there is no asbestos?

• Do I have to notify for a demolition if I “know” or believe there is no asbestos?

We have all the answers. Call Us today. We can answer your questions and concerns.

Why Do You Need to be Concerned About Asbestos?

When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.

Most Common Sources of Asbestos Exposure
Workplace exposure to people that work in industries that mine, make or use asbestos products and those living near these industries: the construction industry (particularly building demolition and renovation activities), the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation and other building materials), and during automotive brake and clutch repair work, deteriorating, damaged, or disturbed asbestos-containing products such as insulation, fireproofing, acoustical materials and floor tiles.
What if I have asbestos in my home?

The best thing to do is to leave asbestos-containing material that is in good condition alone. If unsure whether or not the material contains asbestos,

you may consider hiring our professional asbestos inspector to sample and test the material for you. Before you have your house remodeled, you should find out whether asbestos-containing materials are present. If asbestos-containing material is becoming damaged (i.e., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart) you should immediately isolate the area (keep pets and children away from the area) and refrain from disturbing the material (either by touching it or walking on it). You should then immediately contact an asbestos professional for consultation. It is best to receive an assessment from one firm and any needed abatement from another firm to avoid any conflict of interest. In such a scenario as described above, asbestos-containing material does not necessarily need to be removed, but may rather be repaired by an asbestos professional via encapsulation or enclosure. Removal is one of many alternatives for asbestos control that should only be followed when recommended by Certified Asbestos Consultants and performed by certified remediation experts. Call our professionals with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help.

 

Lead

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What is Lead?

Lead overexposure is one of the most common overexposure’s found in industry and is a leading cause of workplace illness.

 

It is also a major potential public health risk. In general populations, lead may be present in hazardous concentrations in food, water, and air. Sources include paint, urban dust, and folk remedies. Lead poisoning is the leading environmentally induced illness in children. At greatest risk are children under the age of six because they are undergoing rapid neurological and physical development.

In the majority of cases, lead-based paint removal should be handled by a professional. ACM+

Environmental is a certified lead-removal contractor. We follow strict procedures to minimize, control and contain the lead dust created by the removal process.

Our team is trained in:

“lead-safe work practices of proper containment and removal, thorough site decontamination, and lawful disposal”

Used extensively for interior and exterior residential surfaces, toys and furniture from the 1940s to the late 1970s, lead-based paint was banned in 1978 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after the serious and often life threatening ramifications of exposure were determined. Additionally, if you are selling or leasing an older home, you are required to disclose the presence of lead.

Lead-based paint is a health hazard – it is a major source of lead poisoning for children but may also affect adults and pets. When lead-based paint on surfaces is sanded or scraped, it breaks into tiny, sometimes invisible pieces that children can swallow or inhale. It is more common for individuals to ingest dust and soil contaminated with lead from paint that flakes or chalks as it ages. Lead dust can settle on floors, walls and furniture; it can also be ingested through hand-to-mouth contact and re-enter the air via cleaning or movement throughout the home.

 

Mold

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If you have mold in your home and business you should be concerned!

ACM Environmental Services provides you with expert service to find and remove mold that could be hidden inside your walls, ceilings, floors, basement, crawl space, attic, as well as HVAC equipment and ducts. All of our technicians are certified and experienced in mold inspection (mold assessment), mold testing, and mold remediation (removal of mold); our training includes sampling and remediation protocols and use of state-of-the-art equipment.

 

What are molds?

Molds are simple, microscopic organisms, present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds, along with mushrooms and yeasts, are fungi and are needed to break down dead plant and animal material and recycle nutrients in the environment. For molds to grow and reproduce, they need only a food source—any organic matter, such as leaves, wood, or paper—and moisture. Because molds grow by digesting organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they grow on. Sometimes, new molds even grow on old mold colonies. Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen in the form of discoloration, frequently white, gray, brown, or black but also green and other colors.

Can mold become a problem in my home?

Yes. Molds will grow and multiply whenever conditions are right, that is, when sufficient moisture is available and organic matter is present.

Be on the lookout for the following common sources of moisture inside and outside your home that may lead to mold problems:

• Flooding

• Leaky roof

• Sprinkler spray hitting the house

• Plumbing leaks and overflow from sinks or sewers

• Damp basement or crawl space

• Steam from showers or cooking or humidifiers

• Wet clothes hung to dry indoors or a clothes dryer that exhausts indoors

Warped floors and discoloration on walls and ceilings can be indications of moisture problems. Condensation on windows or walls is also an important indication of excessive dampness and can be caused by some of the sources listed above. However, condensation also can be caused by an indoor combustion problem.

Therefore, inspect fuel-burning appliances annually, and contact your local utility or a professional heating contractor if you have questions.

Should I be concerned about mold in my home?

Yes. If indoor mold contamination is extensive, it can lead to very high and persistent exposures to airborne spores.  Persons exposed to high spore levels can become sensitized and develop allergies to the mold or they may develop other health problems (see below).

Mold growth also can damage your furnishings, such as carpets, chairs and sofas and cabinets. Clothes and shoes in damp closets can become soiled and start to fall apart. Unchecked, mold growth can seriously damage the structural elements in your home, for example, floors, walls and ceilings.

 

What symptoms can mold cause?

Molds produce health effects through inflammation, allergy or infection. Allergic reactions (often referred to as hay fever) are the most common responses following mold exposure.

Mold-exposed persons may experience some of the following symptoms:

• Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath

• Nasal or sinus congestion

• Eye irritation (burning, watery, or reddened eyes)

• Cough

• Nose or throat irritation

• Skin rashes or irritation

Headaches, memory problems, mood swings, nosebleeds, body aches and pains, and fevers are occasionally reported in mold cases,

but their causes are not understood.

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