What is Legionella? – Legionella is a genus of pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria that includes the species L. pneumophila, causing legionellosis[3] (all illnesses caused by Legionella) including a pneumonia-type illness called Legionnaires’ disease and a mild flu-like illness called Pontiac fever.  Is Legionella exposure dangerous? Yes, exposure to Legionella can be deadly: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2020-04-24/buildings-closed-by-coronavirus-face-another-risk-legionnaires-disease Symptoms of Legionella […]

The 12 Most Common Types Of Mold Found In Homes

The 12 Most Common Types of Mold Found In Homes There are various types of Mold that can be an issue both indoor and outdoor. Mold is categorized into 3 different categories; allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic.  12 most common types of mold found in your home (in no specific order), their classification(s), what affects it […]

Common Assumptions, Questions, and Answers Regarding Asbestos

Q: My home was built after the cutoff date, there is no way there is asbestos, right ?  A: Incorrect, many materials already contain asbestos and materials are also being shipped into the US from other countries where asbestos is not illegal daily.  Q: Can you tell me over the phone how many samples will […]

Asbestos In Colorado – Rules, Regulations, and Testing

Asbestos is regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Local, state, and federal regulations regarding the same handling of asbestos containing building materials require filing certain paperwork, hiring licensed building inspectors and abatement contractors, and inspecting the work both before and after the asbestos removal. There is no safe level of […]

Real Estate and Mold Inspections

When buying a new home, there are several things you are looking for when deciding which home best suits you and your family. One thing that potential buyers sometimes forget to look for are signs of a previous or current mold issue.  Real estate mold Inspections in combination with home inspections are becoming more common, […]

Asbestos: What materials are considered suspect?

Asbestos: What materials are considered suspect?  In the state of Colorado, you must presume any suspect material is asbestos-containing until you have it tested by a Certified Asbestos Building Inspector. As an Environmental Consulting Company, a question we have heard thousands of times is, “How do we know what materials are considered suspect to be […]

Why Restoration Companies should not self-test for Asbestos

Why Restoration Companies should not self-test for Asbestos As the general contractor for property loss insurance claims, restoration companies are a wheel-house for renovation and repair related services, but most provide demolition, carpet cleaning, and rebuilding services in-house. After years of experience managing restoration projects, savvy contractors are tempted to look for ways to cut […]

How Mold Affects Our Homes & Health

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Cleaning up After a Flood: Addressing Mold Problems. Environmental Protection Agency, PDF file. .

Dampness and Mould: WHO Guidlines for Indoor Air Quality. Germany: Druckpartner Moser, PDF file.

The Nature of Mold: From a Mold Inspector’s Viewpoint

Nature has supplied Earth with thousands of types of fungi in order to break down (or decompose) organic material to its basic carbon form. This contributes to the carbon cycle and since carbon is a main component of biological compounds, mold activity is essential to Earth’s ability to sustain life. Mold does its job well, but unfortunately it continues to work even when we don’t want it too. This can mean big and expensive problems when it affects our homes and our health.

Project ‘TIGHTY WHITIES’ comes to Crossroads Center of Denver

Denver, CO. Thursday, June 4, 2015 – When you’re operating on survival mode, life’s basic needs become secondary. To Denver’s ever-growing homeless population, a simple thing like owning a pair of clean new underwear is luxury, seldom enjoyed.