Environmental Services and Remediation

Asbestos, lead paint, hazardous bio-chemicals, and mold are only some of the many environmental obstacles dangerous to not only the property value of a home or business, but also to the health and well-being of family members, loved ones, business associates, and pets. 

ARC Services offers environmental services and remediation using highly trained and experienced staff.  Identification of the source, expeditious and diligent removal and containment of hazardous materials, and concise yet detailed planning involving restoration are imperative, and for this reason ARC Services is dedicated to providing first-rate service to every property owner, regardless of size, shape, or hazard.

By using the latest and most accurate equipment and procedures, ARC Services prides itself for having the ability to assure each and every property owner that remediation will be efficient, detailed, tailored to personal needs and preferences, and held to only the highest standards of quality.

ARC Services remediation focuses on proper use of negative air equipment, thorough removal of contaminated materials, and precise use of antimicrobial treatments to prevent migration and contamination of mold to other areas of the property.

Mold

Molds are capable of existing in nearly every environment, regardless of season and pose numerous risks to those experiencing exposure.  Effects of mold on health and well-being include symptoms ranging from eye irritation to mold infections within the lungs. Consistent findings have also identified a link between early exposure to mold and the development of asthma in children.  The most commonly experienced symptoms involving the respiratory tract include, but are not limited to:

  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing
  • Skin irritation

Severe reactions cause symptoms including but not limited to:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Development of mold infections within the lungs

For more information concerning causes, health and property risks, symptoms of exposure, and information regarding safety precautions when exposure occurs, visit Center of Disease Control – Mold Basic Facts.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber found within rock and soil.  The threat of asbestos emerges when materials containing asbestos are damaged or disturbed resulting in the release of particles and fibers into the environment.

Typically speaking, a direct correlation has been identified between exposure to asbestos and the chance of developing health complications.  Symptoms of exposure have been known to develop years after exposure and are considered difficult to identify.  The most common health ailments caused by asbestos include, but are not limited to:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma (cancer in the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, and heart)
  • Asbestosis (progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs)

Due to its heat resistance and fiber strength, asbestos has been known to be in numerous construction materials typically used for insulation and as a fire retardant.  Various building materials as well as manufactured goods commonly containing asbestos include but are not limited to:

  • Roofing shingles
  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Paper products
  • Asbestos cement products
  • Friction products in vehicles
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Packaging
  • Gaskets
  • Coatings

Certain asbestos containing materials have been banned under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), however use of asbestos remains present in the manufacturing of numerous construction and automotive components.  For more information regarding the banning and current use of asbestos in manufacturing, please visit U.S. Federal Bans on Asbestos – EPA.

For more information concerning causes of contamination, health and property risks, symptoms of exposure, and information regarding safety precautions when exposure occurs, please visit The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Asbestos.

Lead

Lead is a naturally occurring element found within the crust of the earth.  Although some beneficial uses exist, lead has been found to be toxic to humans and animals.  Ingestion of lead has consistently been linked to health complications.

Mining, smelting, and refining have caused consequential increases of lead levels.  Lead is considered particularly dangerous for children due to the elevated absorption possibility caused by their growing bodies and increased sensitivity to damaging effects of lead to the brain and nervous system.  Exposure of lead to women during pregnancy has also been found to continue to the child, resulting possible complications in development.  Common health effects of lead exposure include, but are not limited to:

  • Anemia
  • Low IQ
  • Hyperactivity
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Learning complications
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing complications
  • Premature birth
  • Reduced fetus growth

In rare cases lead ingestions has resulted in:

  • Seizures
  • Comas
  • Death

For more information concerning causes of contamination, health and property risks, symptoms of exposure, and information regarding safety precautions when exposure occurs, please visit Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Lead

Biohazard Removal and Property Cleansing

While property restoration, construction, and renovation involve incredible amounts of coordination, flexibility, and innovation, biohazard removal and property cleansing often bear the burden of harboring emotional distress as well as property damage.

Unfortunately, the majority of property owners are unaware of their responsibility to cleanse the area and remove potential biohazard risks following a trauma incident or a crime.  If done improperly, the restoration of an area containing biohazards can become an extreme health risk to everyone, facilitating the spread of dangerous, and often life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

ARC Services recognizes the difficulty and sympathizes with the unimaginable amount of stress an obstacle of this sort can create.  Property owners have the ability to focus their attention on overcoming any other dilemmas, knowing our staff uses prior experience, expert knowledge, and only the most advanced and accurate equipment to keep property secure.