Author: Frank Rudy

  • Contractor Requirements for Remodeling Homes or Childcare Facilities Built Before 1978

    Contractor Requirements for Remodeling Homes or Childcare Facilities Built Before 1978

    Renovating or remodeling a home is an exciting endeavor, but it comes with responsibilities, especially when working on older properties. Homes built before 1978 often contain lead-based paint, which poses significant health risks if disturbed during construction activities. In this article, we’ll explore what contractors are required to do when working on pre-1978 homes or…

  • Risks of Renovating Without Testing for Lead

    Risks of Renovating Without Testing for Lead

    Lead-based paint, commonly used in homes built before 1978, poses serious health risks, especially during renovation or remodeling activities. If that’s your home, don’t risk it: Renovating Without Testing for Lead can have consequences. “Disturbing lead-based paint without proper precautions can release hazardous lead dust into the air, putting you and your loved ones at…

  • Unethical Insurance Practices for Fire and Water Damage Restoration: Some Tactics Could Breach Colorado Laws

    Unethical Insurance Practices for Fire and Water Damage Restoration: Some Tactics Could Breach Colorado Laws

    When disaster strikes, navigating insurance claims to bring your home back to a healthy and safe place can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, some insurance companies employ Unethical Insurance Practices for Fire and Water Damage Restoration, aimed at minimizing payouts or denying legitimate claims. Homeowners rely on insurance policies for financial protection during crises like fire, smoke…

  • Lead Inspection During Home Renovation

    Lead Inspection During Home Renovation

    Before embarking on any renovation or remodeling project in a home built before 1978, it’s crucial to determine whether lead-based paint is present. Visual inspection doesn’t take the place of lead inspection. Alone it is insufficient, as lead-based paint may be concealed beneath layers of newer paint. Professional lead testing, conducted by certified inspectors or…

  • An Historical Journey through Asbestos Use and Legislation in the U.S.

    An Historical Journey through Asbestos Use and Legislation in the U.S.

    The history of asbestos use and legislation in the United States is a complex narrative marked by its widespread use, scores of people with illness and disease related to asbestos, and the subsequent efforts to regulate and mitigate its hazards.

  • The Hidden Danger of Asbestos Release During Home Renovations

    The Hidden Danger of Asbestos Release During Home Renovations

    Are you gearing up for a home renovation project? Excited about giving your space a fresh new look? While renovations can breathe new life into your home, they can also pose unexpected health risks if proper precautions aren’t taken. One such risk is the release of asbestos fibers into the air, especially during demolition and…

  • Suspected Mold: A Homeowner’s Dilemma

    Suspected Mold: A Homeowner’s Dilemma

    Home renovation is an exciting endeavor! But, amidst the anticipation, fresh dreams and fresh beginnings, there may be a silent yet somewhat smelly menace, mold. Do you suspect mold in your abode? Let’s explore the signs of mold during home renovations, its potential risks, and how to address it effectively. As homeowners, we’re often ready…

  • Building Renovation and Demolition in Colorado: What You Need to Know About Asbestos Testing

    Building Renovation and Demolition in Colorado: What You Need to Know About Asbestos Testing

    Bottom line: If you don’t know it’s not asbestos, you must test. Are you embarking on a renovation or demolition project in Colorado? Whether you’re sprucing up your space or starting from scratch, it’s critical to be aware of state and federal regulations regarding asbestos. Here’s what you need to know to avoid penalties and…

  • Improper Asbestos Handling & Disposal Can Have Legal Consequences

    Improper Asbestos Handling & Disposal Can Have Legal Consequences

    Are you aware of the potential legal pitfalls that come with improper handling and disposal of asbestos? In Colorado, failure to comply with asbestos testing requirements can result in severe consequences that not only jeopardize your health but also put you at risk of legal action and significant fines. What are the legal ramifications of…

  • EPA Bans Chrysotile Asbestos to Protect Public Health in Bold Step

    EPA Bans Chrysotile Asbestos to Protect Public Health in Bold Step

    In a groundbreaking move, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bans chrysotile asbestos in a decisive action to protect public health by banning chrysotile asbestos, the last remaining type of asbestos still used and imported in the country. This significant decision comes after years of advocacy and scientific evidence pointing to the severe health risks…

  • Finding Mold: A Stealthy Invader

    Finding Mold: A Stealthy Invader

    Mold—silent, sneaky, and sometimes sinister. It lurks in the shadows, evading detection until it’s too late. Finding mold is sometimes tough but we’ll shine a light on the elusive nature of mold, explore some myths, and equip you with the knowledge to combat this stealthy invader. The EPA gives us 10 Things we Should Know…

  • Asbestos Could be Lurking in Your Home

    Asbestos Could be Lurking in Your Home

    Welcome, homeowners, to a journey through the hidden dangers of asbestos! You’re thinking: “Asbestos? Isn’t that something our grandparents worried about?” Well, hold on to your hard hats and don’t tear up that flooring yet, because asbestos might be hidden in your home’s materials. Today, we’re diving deep into the nooks and crannies of our…

  • Homeowners Insurance Coverage for Disaster Restoration and Air Quality Testing

    Homeowners Insurance Coverage for Disaster Restoration and Air Quality Testing

    Understanding Coverage for Air Quality Homeowners insurance policies typically cover a range of emergencies, including fire and water damage, windstorms, explosions, riots, smoke damage, theft, vandalism, and certain plumbing and electrical issues affecting structural integrity. However, it’s essential to review the homeowners’ policy details carefully to understand the specific disaster restoration coverage, including contamination to…

  • Navigating the EPA’s PM NAAQS Changes: What It Means for IET’s Customers

    Navigating the EPA’s PM NAAQS Changes: What It Means for IET’s Customers

    Stay Ahead of Air Quality Standards for Compliance As a valued customer of Integrity Environmental Testing, we understand that staying informed about regulatory changes is essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of your environment and restoration clients. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced significant updates to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)…

  • Mold: Finding the Truth and Seeking Solutions

    Mold: Finding the Truth and Seeking Solutions

    Mold – it’s an aweful word that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners everywhere. But just how dangerous is mold? …and what should you do if you suspect you have some? In this article, we’ll explore the truth of mold exposure, provide guidance on testing and seeking professional solutions. Understanding Mold Exposure Mold primarily…

  • Knowing About Asbestos in Your Home Matters More Than Removal

    Knowing About Asbestos in Your Home Matters More Than Removal

    Colorado asbestos basics With the exception of a few materials (like…Quarry stone, glass, rubber, styrofoam, wood, fiberglass) materials are assumed to have asbestos until you prove they don’t, regardless of when the property was built! You should know about asbestos in your home, whether or not you have plans for removal. You’re not testing to…

  • Understanding the EPA’s New Changes to PM NAAQS: A Comprehensive Overview

    Understanding the EPA’s New Changes to PM NAAQS: A Comprehensive Overview

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the environment and public health across the United States. Recently, the EPA has announced significant changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). These changes are crucial as they impact various industries, communities, and individuals nationwide. Here we will…

  • Hire Certified Professionals for Asbestos in Construction and Restoration Projects

    Hire Certified Professionals for Asbestos in Construction and Restoration Projects

    Are you embarking on a construction, restoration, demolition, or remodeling project? It is an exciting endeavor, yet challenging in some respects. One aspect that often goes unnoticed until it becomes a serious concern is the presence of asbestos in building materials. Asbestos, once a widely used construction material, can pose severe health risks if not…