Soda BlastingWe use quality equipment and high pressure compressors with baking soda to remove anything from rust to old paint. There are very few surfaces that we can’t clean using our equipment. Soda blasting is clean, cost effective and fast!
Asbestos TestingSix mineral types are defined by the EPA as “asbestos.” All six asbestos mineral types are known to be human carcinogens. Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious and fatal illnesses including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Lead Paint Testing & RenovationAccording to the EPA, lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in paint and other products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from industrial sources. Lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects.
Indoor Air Quality Testing & RenovationIndoor air quality (IAQ) can be a major concern for building owners, property managers, and facilities and maintenance professionals. Self-contained HVAC systems, building layouts, and the use of building materials such as solvents, glue and paint can all be the cause of indoor air quality problems.
Soda blasting is the quickest, non-abrasive and environmentally safest way to remove all kinds of coatings, without damage to metal, glass, chrome or warping thin sheets of metal. Soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a soft blast media that is ideal for sensitive substrates where removal of base material is not acceptable. Soda blasting is a process in which sodium bicarbonate is applied against a surface using compressed air. It is a very mild form of abrasive blasting, much milder than sandblasting. Soda blasting is a non-destructive method for many applications:
- paint & varnish stripping
- automotive restoration
- industrial equipment maintenance
- rust removal
- graffiti removal
- oil removal
- masonry cleaning and restoration
- soot remediation
- boat hull cleaning
- cleaning timber, wood, oak beams, oak floors, doors, stairs & bannisters
- cleaning structural steel
- mold and fire/smoke damage cleanup
Ensign can solve your blasting problems.
We offer equipment for dry and wet soda blasting, with countless possibilities of process automation. Most blast projects have a degree of complexity or uniqueness. The best way to determine the right solution is talking it over to make sure all project details are thought through, including containment, disposal, dry vs. wet blasting, run rates, equipment recommendations, and the pros and cons of various medias on the market today.
Lead Paint Testing & Renovation
Common sources of lead poisoning:
- Deteriorating lead-based paint
- Lead contaminated dust
- Lead contaminated residential soil
Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies. Lead is more dangerous to children because: Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths. These objects can have lead dust on them. Children’s growing bodies absorb more lead. Children’s brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from: damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, and headaches.
Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from reproductive problems (in both men and women), high blood pressure and hypertension, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain. You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.
You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard. Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.
Ensign can solve your lead problems.
Ensign provides high-quality state-of-the-art lead testing services. We offer homeowners, renters, real estate professionals, relocation companies, home inspectors, builders, and lenders a prompt accurate lead testing service. After testing, we will provide a report that is easy to read and understand and make a recommendation on what to do next.
If dangerous amounts of lead are found in your home we will remove the lead based on the individual characteristics of your home or building.
According to the EPA, Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous minerals with high tensile strength, the ability to be woven, and resistance to heat and most chemicals. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper and cement products, textiles, coatings, and friction products such as automobile clutch, brake and transmission parts. The Toxic Substances Control Act defines asbestos as the asbestiform varieties of: chrysotile (serpentine); crocidolite (riebeckite); amosite (cummingtonite/grunerite); anthophyllite; tremolite; and actinolite.
Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Disease symptoms may take several years to develop following exposure. If you are concerned about possible exposure, consult a physician who specializes in lung diseases (pulmonologist).
Exposure to airborne friable asbestos may result in a potential health risk because persons breathing the air may breathe in asbestos fibers. Continued exposure can increase the amount of fibers that remain in the lung. Fibers embedded in lung tissue over time may cause serious lung diseases including asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma. Smoking increases the risk of developing illness from asbestos exposure.
Ensign can solve your asbestos problems.
Ensign provides high-quality state-of-the-art asbestos testing services. We offer homeowners, renters, real estate professionals, relocation companies, home inspectors, builders, and lenders a prompt accurate asbestos testing service. After testing, we will provide a report that is easy to read and understand and make a recommendation on what to do next.If dangerous levels of asbestos are found in your home we will remove the asbestos based on the individual characteristics of your home or building.
Indoor Air Quality Testing & Renovation
Many indoor air quality issues are simple to diagnose and fix while others are complex involving many causes and requiring multiple solutions. Ensign will provide you with a comprehensive indoor air quality solution that is customized to your home’s or building’s needs, which will include inspection and testing, detection and reporting, and remediation plan development.
Causes of poor air quality can be:
- Problems with HVAC systems
- Building materials that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that release toxic chemicals into the air
- Outdoor pollutants
- Emissions from office equipment
- Furniture & flooring
- Mold growth due to water damage
- Smoke residue
- Dust mites
Indoor air pollutants may even include everyday items such as dry erase markers, paint, chalk, cleaning materials, garbage, and personal care products.
Indoor air pollutants can cause a variety of health symptoms including eye and skin irritation, dizziness, respiratory problems, congestion, coughing, and sneezing. People with asthma and other respiratory diseases are especially at risk of having dangerous reactions to contaminates. Poor air quality can cause liability issues for business owners, building owners, and managers, ranging from employee and tenant illness to decreased productivity and loss-of-use.
Ensign can solve your indoor air quality problems.
Ensign knows that ensuring your family’s, employees, tenant’s health and safety is of critical concern, and our air quality testing methods and remediation plans will give you the solutions you need to fix the problem and safeguard peoples health.
Ensign specializes in resolving indoor air quality problems. Our experts perform onsite inspections, investigating potential sources of contamination. Following industry standards and EPA-prescribed protocols, we also perform a series of scientific tests to determine the cause(s) of the problems. Certified laboratories analyze our samples, and from these results we construct a report that documents the contaminates that are present and any mitigating factors. Ensign will provide you with a remediation plan that will remove the hazards, and we will outline recommendations for operations and maintenance programs that will prevent a reoccurrence of the air quality issues.
Ensign is licensed and certified by a variety of federal and state agencies, and we meet and exceed government requirements and guidelines in our testing and reporting protocols. We also provide expert witness services for legal matters involving indoor air quality issues.