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Hazardous Materials Testing & Abatement

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SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. performs all aspects of asbestos-related work, including initial asbestos inspections, asbestos abatement and final clearance inspections. If required, we can combine the asbestos abatement with building demolition in order to provide cost savings.  SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. keeps abreast of regulatory changes and conducts safe abatement in occupied or unoccupied commercial buildings.


Our asbestos services include:


  • Inspections and sampling

  • Laboratory analyses

  • Proper containment and removal

  • Thorough site decontamination

  • Lawful disposal

  • Building demolition, if necessary

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“Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Deteriorating lead-based paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning at homes and commercial facilities.

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 1986 and 1989 declared childhood lead exposure the most significant childhood environmental health problem in the State of California. The California Civil Code 1102 to 1102.6 requires the disclosure of known lead-based paint hazards upon the sale of a property.”

For the completion of LBP Surveys, SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. either collects paint chip samples and submits them to a laboratory, or uses a hand-held XRF Analyzer for instant analytical results. The LBP Inspector for SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. is fully certified as required by law.


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“Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on to survive. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur.”

SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. performs inspections for the presence of mold in schools, office buildings and other structures. In order to do a mold survey, SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. visually inspects the space, takes moisture samples of building materials affected by mold using tape lift sampling and may take indoor air samples using vacuum pumps. SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. will make recommendations for the subsequent abatement of building components contaminated with mold.


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Drink Water Testing



Water Quality Standards are the foundation of the water quality-based pollution control program mandated by the Clean Water Act.  Water Quality Standards define the goals for a waterbody by designating its uses, setting criteria to protect those uses, and establishing provisions such as antidegradation policies to protect waterbodies from pollutants.


SCHUTZE & Associates, Inc. ensures drinking water quality through a variety of tests.  We also test for lead.  Lead is rarely found in source water, but enters tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials.  Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder.  The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially hot water.


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Mercury Testing



Method 1631 allows for the determinations of mercury at a minimum level of .5 parts-per-trillion and supports measurements for mercury published in the National Toxics Rule.








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Construction Site Dust Monitoring



Construction sites can generate large areas of soil disturbance and open space for wind to pick up dust particles.  Airborne particles pose a dual threat to the environment and human health.  First, dust can be carried offsite, thereby increasing soil loss from the construction area and increasing the likelihood of sedimentation and water pollution.  Second, blowing dust particles can contribute to respiratory health problems and create an inhospitable working environment.






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