New England Real Estate Journal
April 20-26, 2007
in Epping offers owners of both residential and commercial properties. “The biggest part of the company’s business these days is in asbestos removal, but mold remediation is becoming an increasingly significant part of environmental cleanup work,” says Frank Ronan, EnviroVantage business manager.
“Right now, mold remediation is about 15% of our business,” said Ronan. “If you’d asked me a year ago, I probably would have said less than 2%.” EnviroVantage, the only company licensed – Microbial Contractor (mold and bacteria) by the state of New Hampshire (NH DES) to do mold removal, has seen residents and businesses in New Hampshire grow more award of mold problems after heavy rains and flooding soaked much of New Hampshire in the spring of 2006.
“We did a big job recently with the Pelham Fire Department,” said Ronan. “With all of the moisture on the hoses, they had an mold infestation that was making some of the firefighters sick. Moisture in the basement of Town Hall in Allenstown allowed for mold infestation there,” he said. “People were getting sick in Town Hall.”
“A year and a half ago, we were down in Beaumont, Texas doing mold cleanup after Hurricane Rita,” said Ronan. “We went to the first hotel where we could find a room and three-inch tall mushrooms were growing out of the carpet, an example of what mold can do.”
EnviroVantage continues to do lead abatement on older buildings. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where some of the buildings are 150 years old, has been a steady customer. The company has also been removing layers of paint and restoring old lighthouses, from the Canadian border to Newport, Rhode Island.
Schools and government buildings are often in need of asbestos abatement. EnviroVantage recently completed a massive asbestos removal project for Plymouth State University; Phillips Exeter Academy has been a client for nearly 20 years. “Asbestos,” said Ronan, “remains among the most dangerous of environmental hazards.”
“You can have a tiny fiber in your lungs for 20 years that suddenly flares up and you can be dead in a matter of months,” he said. “There are solid financial reasons for attending to health hazards within a building sooner rather than later. Many insurance companies will require abatement before a property can be sold,” Ronan said. “And if you knowingly sell or rent a building with an environmental hazard, the legal liabilities can be staggering.”
EnviroVantage started out as Lead Source before adopting a new name that better reflects the wide range of environmental services the company offers. “The advantage of doing business with us,” said Ronan, “is that if we’re doing an asbestos abatement, and lead, PCBs, or mold is discovered, the project does not have to shut down while the owner/GC finds another licensed contractor. We can take care of it for you.”
EnviroVantage, Inc. is a regional leader in the safe handling and removal of hazardous materials (including lead paint, asbestos, and mold) found at building sites on projects requiring renovation, demolition, or historic reconstruction. EnviroVantage created the standard procedures for lead paint removal and staffs experts on every major contaminant found in buildings. Information about EnviroVantage, including its new training center, can be found at www.envirovantage.com.