Whether your environmental remediation needs are complex or simple, residential or commercial, ASTEM Environmental, Inc. can help. With a certified staff and reasonable pricing, we pride ourselves on the ability to solve your indoor air quality problems quickly and economically.
mold and water damage problems have become a major issue in the last few years for real estate transactions, homeowners, landlords, and property managers. Failure to address these serious issues have resulted in countless litigation cases, related health problems, as well as lost revenues. As a certified indoor air quality and mold removal company of commercial and residential properties, we are qualified to investigate mold and water damage, as well as remediate (removal) the problems that exist based on the findings.
Asbestos can reside in any number of places in a building, including heating ducts, popcorn ceilings, tile, linoleum and dry-wall plaster, among others. Before 1978, when asbestos production was banned in the U.S., this toxic substance was commonly used in many building materials in order to strengthen and heat- or sound-insulate the buildings in which they were used. Although production was banned in 1978, builders were allowed to use up the asbestos stocks that remained, meaning that houses built before 1987 may still have asbestos in their acoustic ceilings. Asbestos abatement may be necessary when asbestos in a building is exposed and therefore poses health risks to people.
Where asbestos is exposed and poses a health risk on a commercial property, the owner(s) is legally required to procure certified asbestos abatement services to remove or seal off the hazardous material. Even buildings that are to be torn down, if they contain asbestos, require safe removal of the asbestos before demolition can begin. We provide asbestos evaluation and abatement services in all of these situations and many more.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and moves into the air you breathe. You can't see, smell, or taste radon therefore it can be present within a structure and go undetected without testing. However, today with the enclosed structures that we live, work and go to school in, the intrusion of radon into these enclosed structures allows for extended exposure resulting in the above mentioned increased incidence of lung cancer. Radon has been found in homes all across the country, and as many as 1 in 3 homes may have risky radon levels.
Most radon comes into a building from the soil, rock and or ground water below. Radon rises through the soil and gets trapped under the structure. The trapped gas builds up pressure, and since the air pressure in the house usually is lower, the gas is forced into the building through:
- Cracks in floors and walls
- Gaps in suspended floors
- Openings around sump pumps and drains
- Wall cavities
- Construction joints
- Gaps around service pipes or wires
- Crawlspaces that open directly into the building
- The water supply (Radon can affect bodies of water, specifically ground water)
Although most concern surrounds radon in family homes, radon also can be present in workplaces, schools, or hospitals. In some instances Radon has been detected on granite counter tops used in kitchens and bathrooms.