If you’re planning on renovating your home in Seattle, or even to demolish an older home, then the state of Washington requires that you have an AHERA Asbestos survey conducted. Up until the late 1980s, asbestos was commonly used in the construction of homes. Everything from insulation to drywall and flooring was made using asbestos. This material is a carcinogen, meaning it is hazardous to your health. Now Environmental Services Inc. has been helping Seattle homeowners with their AHERA Asbestos survey needs for more than 25 years. We understand that you need to keep yourself and others safe from the harmful effects of asbestos when you’re renovating your home. Let us carry out our asbestos testing services to ensure that you’re compliant with AHERA regulations, and that you minimize your exposure to asbestos.

  1. Simple Ways To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

    When someone mentions poor air quality, we might immediately think of the smog that hangs around our major cities or the hazy smoke that erupts out of factories. Yes, air quality is often perceived as an outdoors issue, not something that we worry about in our homes. But the fact is, the air that’s in your home might be worse than what’s outside. The air in your home might be polluted by harmf…Read More

  2. Are Asbestosis And Mesothelioma The Same?

    For many decades, home builders used asbestos as a sort of “wonder” material. From insulation to siding and everything in between, some homes are littered with asbestos. However, this “wonder” material can have some tragic side effects, including respiratory illness, cancer, and even death. Often when people think of asbestos-related illnesses, they think of Asbestosis and Mesothelioma. In…Read More

  3. VOCs and Cigarettes

    We talk a lot about asbestos at Now Environmental Services and at this point we all know how dangerous asbestos exposure can be. Asbestos generally can not be detected when it is inhaled and can cause all sorts of problems down the road. The microscopic fibers are known to lodge in the lining of the lungs and cause various forms of cancer. Thankfully much of the easily accessed asbestos has been r…Read More

  4. Textured Ceiling Removal (Part Two)

    Previously we discussed the popcorn ceiling and the lineage that it shares with some of the most famous ceilings in history. Not that your popcorn ceiling is as ornate as the Sistine Chapel, but if your home ever had a smoke living it it, the color will be similar, as tobacco smoke turns the texture a toasted brown color. The color of tarnished gold greeting you when you come through the door is s…Read More

  5. An image of a textured ceiling and a light fixture. Asbestos testing revealed that this ceiling had asbestos in it.

    Textured Ceiling Removal (Part One, A History)

    We have talked at length about the wonderful substance that is textured or “popcorn” ceilings. Of course they have somewhat fallen out of style, but before you decide to remove that popcorn ceiling, particularly if your home was built before the mid-1980s, it is critical that your ceiling is tested for the presence of asbestos. While looking around on the internet it may seem like every textur…Read More

  6. Renovations and Restorations – Know What You Are Dealing With

    This time of year we begin to think of the upcoming winter and the typical list of projects that should be done before the first frost. Fall is the ideal time to make the home improvements that can carry you through the winter and into next year with the confidence to know that everything is correct. A home is basically a living thing that is cared for by those that live within its walls. Every so…Read More

  7. A ceiling covered in ventilated white ceiling tiles is missing several tiles which are being tested for asbestos.

    After Asbestos

    The threat of asbestos exposure is still a very real possibility for not just homeowners but businesses as well. As we have discussed before, asbestos is a substance that was very widespread in the previous century to create flame resistant building materials. Although the instances of fires drastically decreased due to utilizing asbestos in products such as siding, shingles, and flooring, the dan…Read More

  8. A rusty blue and yellow can of "Dutch Boy" White Lead paint.

    Heavy Metal – Lead In Your Home

    We previously explored the scourge of the 21st century home buyer, acoustical, (or popcorn) ceiling texture. The substance that can influence a potential homebuyer for no other reason than it severely dates the home. The truth is that many popcorn ceilings contain asbestos and exposure can lead to lung problems and cancer. Homes of the popcorn ceiling era also may be hiding much more than a bat in…Read More

  9. An image of a textured ceiling and a light fixture. Asbestos testing revealed that this ceiling had asbestos in it.

    The Dreaded Popcorn Ceiling

    As with the fickle nature of our society, trends come and go. One of the great mysteries of the 20th century is the ubiquitous popcorn ceiling. Is it a ceiling? Is it supposed to be more natural looking? A throwback to when humans lived in caves perhaps? Whatever it is, popcorn ceilings were very popular through a major portion of the 20th century. At NOW Environmental Services we want to provide …Read More

  10. Pre-Purchase, Home Asbestos Inspections

    Let's say you have found the perfect little home. A mid-century modern with a sandstone chimney and a gorgeous view of the mountains. The perfection might just lie in the fact that, despite the advanced age of the home, all of the interior spaces have had little or no remodeling done to them. Basically it would take some work, but recreating the design is going to be easy. Before buying a home lik…Read More