Farsight Management

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Farsight Management

Farsight Management provides services to assess and remove a variety of environmental concerns in both residential and commercial buildings. Our highly trained personnel addresses mold, lead paint, and asbestos conditions. We treat our clients like family, our prices are competitive and our work meets all industry standards.

We also provide lead-based paint assessments for public housing and complete Clearance testing for the future occupancy of a residence after lead-based paint is stabilized or removed. 

Farsight Management completes Risk Assessments to determine how a person has ingested dangerous amounts of lead. We assess potential lead based paint hazards for Real Estate Agents and homeowners.

We also provide asbestos surveys and Operations & Maintenance Plans for public schools, businesses and residential homes. We also provide oversight for asbestos projects during demolition and asbestos testing.
 

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I did an inspection yesterday on a home that had the roof replaced 5 years ago. It is a hip roof style and only has one ridge vent. The owner installed an exhaust fan because the temperature in the attic during the summer gets so high. Remember that the temperature in the attic should only be about 10 degrees higher than the outside. Notice that there is a ridge vent in the photo. You are never to combine ventilation systems in an attic. A ridge vent & soffit system, or a power exhaust fan system. The reason is that in this situation using the exhaust fan will pull from the ridge vent only and thus create pockets where the air is not exhausted. This will cause condensation when the temperature drops at night. Again, this system has been operating for 5 years and I do not see rusted nails or mold growth. I told the client that the technically correct way to vent this attic is to have 100% perforated soffit and hip roof vents installed on each ridge of the hip slope change. There should not be an exhaust fan with a ridge vent and soffit system. However, I also told him the fan is not causing a problem with condensation. So my point here is that although you do not see a problem with an incorrect design, it is your responsibility to point out the correct way a system is to be designed and operated. It does not matter that you dont see a problem on the day of your inspection.

I started collecting indoor air quality samples in a facility that I inspected and then gave recommendations to clean up some issues. After starting the sampling I was looking at the status of the cleaning and found it was not completely finished; and what was left could have degraded the IAQ of the facility. So I stopped the testing and told the client we will have to complete the cleaning effort and schedule another IAQA test. The client has been pushing to get the work done and present the air quality results to some employees. After I explained the problem they completely agreed. Sometimes you have to do this and take the emotional response with a firm conviction that this is the technically correct way to obtain the data. After the initial shock, they thanked me for seeing a problem and not proceeding with my testing. When you are working on a project, your reputation is based on the decisions you make. This event showed credibility that I truely care about my clients; which I do.

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We completed an abatement project in an attic where the tenant had painted over the mold contamination without the owners knowledge. You can remove the mold growth on the unpainted surfaces but what to do with the paint? It is not illegal to do this but is not defendible in court as an abatement technique. Plus the paint may flake off over time. The owner is stuck because to remove the paint we would need a blasting technique and it would tear off some of the wood. My recommendation to the client is to leave it in place as long as it remains in good condition. A painted surface in an attic is not unusual situation to see during an inspection.

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I went to a house to look at the mold growth on the overhead floor joists in the basement. The day before I arrived, the owner had hired a mold abatement company to remove the mold (so you ask why am I there?). So I look at the basement and there is still mold contamination on 25% of the floor joists and debris on all of the piping. The abatement company did not use critical barriers, negative air pressure, or HEPA vacuums. Apparently they just sprayed a disinfectant (like Benefect, which is a good product in the right circumstances), then sprayed an asbestos type lockdown product. The company did not try and remove the mold growth, prevent the contamination from spreading throughout the house during their activities, and did not clean the basement at all. The homeowner did not recieve any documentation about what they did and what chemicals were used. They charged $2,500 for two men for one day, which is an outrageous price. I see this again and again because we have no laws in Ohio protecting people. During your inspections, encourage your clients to demand that proposals warrant the work will be done in accordane with national mold abatement standards, they recieve 35 or 40 references, an educational biography, and a breakdown of costs and limitations. Dont forget Errors and Omissions Insurance. Dont let anyone Fog in their home and you dont care about a warranty against regrowth. Fogging is not supported by any national mold abatement guideline and the warranties for anti-microbial products are void if the area becomes elevated in humidity or liquid water makes contact with a treated surface. Help you clients by describing the requirements of a competent mold abatement company.

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I looked at a building that is constructed like a hotel; a hallway with small offices to the right and left. There were reports of respiratory issues by the occupants. There is no central HVAC system, only individuals air treatment units in each office like you see in a hotel. The first thing I looked at was the exterior wall to see if there was vinyl wallpaper (you never use vinyl paper on an exterior wall because it causes water condensation behind the wallpaper during the summer) and it was not. Then I looked for any source of water in the offices and the only item was the airconditioning unit. So we started taking them apart. WOW. This is a great lesson for an inspector. On almost all of the units (16 out of 20), there was mold growth on the unit housing, the fan, and the collant grill. Also, many of the drain pans did not drain properly and there was a 1/2 inch of standing water. Plus, there was a white crusty material floating in the water. Remember that often this is actinomycetes, a mold like growth that can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis. So when you are doing inspections take your time and think. Use your knowledge of moisture constrol and take the initiative to dismantle a piece of equipment that could be the problem.

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