Asbestos

Asbestos-containing material (ACM) can be present in commercial, governmental, educational, and even residential environments. Because ACM cannot be differentiated from non-asbestos materials using only the naked eye, professional sampling and analysis is required to confirm its presence or absence.

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Jurgiel has more than 40 years’ experience in the identification and evaluation of asbestos, including:

  • Site wide surveys of properties scheduled for complete demolition
  • Targeted surveys of limited areas associated with planned renovation
  • Evaluation of areas impacted by disturbance or uncontrolled removal activities
  • AHERA inspections for schools and educational facilities

Jurgiel also has extensive experience in designing abatement projects to remove ACM in a safe and cost-effective manner. Services include:

  • Reviewing architectural drawings
  • Drafting project specifications, including any necessary plan illustrations
  • Pre-qualifying abatement contractors
  • Conducting walkthroughs with selected contractors
  • Providing project oversight and third-party air monitoring
  • Conducting post-abatement inspections and clearance sampling
Asbestos

Lead

For centuries, lead has been used in various building materials to increase its durability and its aesthetic appearance. In modern times, lead has been a component of paints, varnishes, lined drywall materials, and ceramic glazes. But now it is recognized as a serious potential health hazard, especially when the material begins to peel, flake, or delaminate, or when it is removed in an uncontrolled manner.

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Jurgiel has considerable experience with the identification and evaluation of lead-containing materials, including the:

  • Completion of site wide surveys to identify the presence, location, and quantity of lead in building materials
  • Use of direct-reading, x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology for paint sampling
  • Determination of lead content in surfaces with multiple coating layers
  • Evaluation of areas believed to be contaminated due to uncontrolled removal activities
  • Development of written plans and specifications for lead abatement projects
  • Lead abatement project management
  • Completion of clearance sampling

Lead

Mold

The evaluation and control of mold is not always straightforward. While mold growths may be plainly visible on exposed surfaces, growths may also be hidden in wall cavities, in carpet, or on the backside of furniture or wall coverings. Before mold can be effectively remediated, the source of the moisture intrusion(s) must be identified; and this requires knowledge of the unseen framework of the building construction.

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Jurgiel has extensive experience in identifying the presence, quantity, location, and types of mold. Staff professionals are familiar with the principles of building construction as they apply to single- and multi-family residences, offices, schools, hospitals, and manufacturing facilities.

Jurgiel’s methodology is tailored to the needs of each specific project and may include:

  • Historical review of water intrusion
  • Visual observation
  • Use of direct-reading instruments
  • Use of moisture meters
  • Use of an infrared camera or blacklight
  • HVAC system review
  • Bulk, tape-lift sampling
  • Air monitoring for mold spores
  • Vacuum sampling for allergens, including pet dander, rodent urine proteins, dust mites, etc.
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