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Benchmark Environmental Engineering would like to remind property owners, commercial industries, property managers, and private homeowners about the importance of environmental testing after a natural disaster such as a flood, earthquake, fire, or mudslide. Natural disasters can leave behind a dangerous mess to clean up and we’re here to help you determine if there are […]

In response to the Northern California wildfires, Benchmark Environmental Engineering in San Jose is providing fire damage inspections for resolution of insurance claims. With the dangerous level of fire blazing in the Napa and Sonoma County regions, there has been an immense amount of property damage and loss. The Sonoma County blazes alone have blackened […]

Simply stated, environmental due diligence is the commitment of an owner to pay attention and care of what is legally expected and required. As an owner/operator, you have heard over and over again about environmental issues such as Injury & Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP), asbestos sampling and lead disclosure, but may still hold the perception […]

It seems as though every time you turn around, your rental property falls under a new environmental regulation. Cal/OSHA, EPA, DHS: It’s enough to confuse ever the most experienced property manager. Which employees are required to have training, How much, and how often. This article will try to simplify and define what is required by […]

Very few laws and regulations have been specifically designed to address the sick building aspects of indoor air quality, as opposed to bans on smoking in public places. While federal legislative and regulatory initiatives have been proposed, there is little substantive law. In this vacuum, an increasing number of civil lawsuits have been filed by […]

There are over 3,000 products that contain asbestos to include construction related products. Homes and buildings built prior to 1980 should be presumed to contain asbestos unless otherwise tested. Asbestos is the name of a group of naturally occurring minerals that separate into strong, very fine fibers. Serpentine rock (California’s State Rock) has Chrysotile veins […]

Basic Recommendations It is the recommendation of all written guidelines to discard clothing that shows a sign of visible mold growth. If clothing does not appear to have mold growth, both the EPA guidelines and the New York Guidelines state that “porous material (e.g. fabrics, clothing, etc) can be cleaned and be reused…All materials to […]

Media coverage, steadily increasing litigation and the documented direct link to health issues has caused mold to threaten owners of rental properties throughout the State and Nation. From New York to Los Angeles, the media has been releasing a scare on mold that mimics that of asbestos back in the early 80’s. The problem with […]

Introduction Molds belong to a larger biological classification called Fungi which represents a large percentage of the world’s biomass. We have lived in and among molds since the beginning of time. In fact, without molds our very existence would be in question. Molds are routinely used in the production of many foods and beverages. Molds […]