Do I need mold testing?
Mold is everywhere. The problem lies in where you don’t want it to be – INSIDE your home. Water intrusions from roof leaks, poor gutter installation, burst pipes, or even slow pipe leaks can wreak serious havoc in your home. Mold exposure can cause your allergies to worsen, asthma to act up, or create an even more serious respiratory condition.
Visible growth is the obvious indicator that you may have a mold problem. A musty or damp smell may also be noticed. Sometimes, simple home maintenance may solve your problems, whether it be to open bathroom doors after showering or making sure your bathroom vent fan is working properly and is large enough to accommodate your moisture removal. But other times, you have a hidden problem inside your walls and hiding at doors and windows that bring the trouble.
BEC can perform mold testing and inspection and provide a mitigation protocol for your contractor to follow for mold removal. BEC does not perform mold removal/remediation services. Mold remediation is a process that includes containment, removal, and cleaning of mold contaminated materials. While both the testing and remediation processes deal with mold, performing both services on the same project creates a conflict of interest. However, BEC can provide reputable recommendations for mold remediation specialists.
Per the EPA, there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. We recommend you review an excellent resource from the EPA called
A Brief Guide to Mold & Moisture in Your Home.
Do I need asbestos testing?
Suspect you may have asbestos in your home or building and you are planning to make renovations or demolish a structure? You may need asbestos testing.
Prior to any work that might disturb building materials, Air Pollution Control and the EPA require appropriate testing of materials to ensure no harm comes to you or the environment.
However, if the materials aren’t damaged or planning to be disturbed during your remodel, you do not need asbestos testing, as long as the material is in good condition and the materials should be left alone.
Regardless of age, all public and commercial buildings require asbestos inspection prior to demolition or renovation activities.
BEC can handle large scale surveys as well as home project testing. If you have asbestos that requires abatement, BEC can make recommendations for a licensed asbestos abatement contractor.
Do I need lead testing?
Was your home built prior to 1978? If so, there’s a pretty good chance your home may have lead based paint.
Lead poisoning is most common from lead in paint and includes the dust that may occur from paint deterioration. If your paint is in good shape it is usually not a problem. However, if your paint is showing signs of damage and wear (cracking, peeling, chipping, chalking, etc.), it might be a good idea to have it tested for lead. Especially if there are children in the home.
If you do have lead paint, please make sure you hire a Lead-Safe Certified Renovator (RRP). Ask BEC for recommendations or a search of the EPA website can point you in the right direction.
Locate Certified Renovation and Lead Dust Sampling Technician Firms
I need environmental training. How do I sign up?
Our training is performed in-house by BEC in Arlington, TN (a suburb of Memphis, TN). We currently offer Initial and Refresher courses for Lead RRP, Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Worker, Asbestos Project Designer, Asbestos Management Planner, Asbestos Project Monitor, and Asbestos Supervisor.
Online signups for Asbestos classes are through Resolution Inc. Resolution class schedule and registrations can be found
here. Advance registration is requested to be made at least 5 working days prior to the date of the course. If not pre-registering, $50 will be added to the price of the course.
RRP class schedules and signups are with Seagull Environmental Training (processed through Zack Academy) and can be found
here. When searching class locations, please search "Arlington, TN" for BEC classes.
BEC training is currently offered in English only. Please visit the Seagull and Resolution websites for their Spanish options.
If you have already signed up for training and are looking for information about where to stay overnight, we might suggest the Wolfchase Galleria Mall area. This is an excellent spot for dining and lodging and is only 2 exits from BEC. Wolfchase Galleria Mall is right off Intertstate 40 (Exit 16) at N. Germantown Parkway and Highway 64.
Additional information can be found on our
Environmental Training page.
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