University City Lead, Asbestos, and Mold Testing
University City is an eclectic inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, covering six square miles and spanning 120 years of history. The characteristics that make University City a unique place to call home also make it a prime target for environmental concerns.
For example, the town has over 2,000 homes built before 1978 that might contain lead paint. In addition, the topography makes University City structures susceptible to flooding, with over 1200 homes and businesses at risk for increased flooding in the future. Fortunately, St John Environmental Consulting is your University City lead, asbestos, and mold testing expert.
University City Lead Testing
Lead is a toxic metal that can lead to serious health problems, especially in children. Lead can be found in paint, soil, water, and dust. Lead-based paint was banned in the United States in 1978, and structures built before 1978 are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Lead paint can chip and flake, releasing lead dust into the air. Children are especially at risk of lead poisoning from lead dust because they often put their hands in their mouths.
A lead inspection is required if you are remodeling, repairing, or disturbing materials that might contain lead. A Missouri or Illinois-accredited lead inspector or risk assessor will help you to determine the appropriate sampling plan and protocol to ensure that you protect yourself from health impacts and liabilities of lead without wasting money on abating unnecessary materials. While home tests are available, they are not always accurate.
When you hire the professionals of St. John Environmental Consulting, you will get responsive and accurate lead inspection and testing. We use the latest XRF technology that is both EPA and HUD-approved. If we find lead in your home or business, we can refer you to qualified professional removal and remediation companies.
University City Asbestos Testing
University City has well over 2,000 homes and commercial structures built before the 1980s, and asbestos found in various building materials can also be an environmental concern. All residential and most commercial uses for asbestos have been phased out. Still, older homes and buildings might contain asbestos in cement board siding, roof shingles, pipe insulation, floor tiles, textured paint, or vermiculite insulation.
Asbestos exposure can happen during renovation, replacing pipes, or otherwise disturbing asbestos-containing materials. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing your home for asbestos if the building materials are damaged or before you plan to repair or renovate. If you find something in your home or business that you suspect contains asbestos, don’t touch it. The best option is to leave it alone, even if the material appears in good condition. Then call St. John Environmental Consulting for your peace of mind.
The certified inspectors at St. John Environmental Consulting perform a thorough evaluation to identify any asbestos-containing materials that need abatement. We know what to look for and where to find it, so there won’t be any surprises down the road. As a result, you can move forward with renovation with confidence.
University City Mold Testing
Flooding in University City has caused significant damage to area homes and businesses in six out of the last ten years. In July 2022, a major flood caused more than 300 homes to be condemned and also caused millions of dollars in damage to businesses and infrastructure. Unfortunately, mold growth is common following damage from a flood. Mold can also be a serious threat to your health and property.
Mold exposure is more dangerous for the health of individuals with allergies or respiratory issues such as asthma. Some people only experience a runny nose and dry eyes or skin, while others endure chronic respiratory illness, lethargy, and a range of conditions related to an overtaxed immune system. Untreated mold exposure can also lead to long-term health issues. That is why you should look to the professionals of St. John Environmental Consulting to perform residential or commercial mold testing following a flood.
Your structure and possessions are also susceptible to damage from mold. It can grow on walls, floors, furniture, carpet, and other household items leading to irreversible damage. A residential mold test can help you identify the presence of mold early on and prevent further damage to your home and belongings.