Friday, October 15, 2021

WHERE DO I TAKE MY FIRE DEBRIS WASTE?


Where should I take my fire debris waste? That’s the question many homeowners and building owners have been asking lately.  Despite all the chaos and destruction the fires are causing throughout the State of California, we’re actually fairly ‘early’ in the cleanup process for most fires.  If you’re already at a point where you’re ready to clean up your property and are trying to figure out where to take the debris, then you’ve probably found out that’s not a simple question. We’ll give you the short answer first, then explain the long answer, then which could be best for you.

The short answer is you that need to determine where the closest landfill is located, then you need to contact that landfill to see what the waste profiling requirements are for that landfill.  Each landfill has their own unique process for profiling waste, and while there are some standards across the state for what’s classified as “hazardous waste” there is some wiggle room landfills have to accept fire debris from natural disasters. The fastest way your waste gets profiled is to find a consulting outfit that’s experienced and knowledgeable about the process; that outfit will need to survey the fire debris on your property and sample any materials that may contain asbestos. 

During the same site visit, they’ll also collect a sample of the waste stream – most frequently this is a composite sample of a cross section of your waste stream (i.e. you’re attempting to get a sample that’s is representative of all the fire debris from your property).  That waste stream sample is sent to a CA-certified laboratory for analysis of whatever your local landfill requires for waste profiling (typically at minimum, this includes metals, PCBs, and pH). Once you get the results back, you’ll prepare a waste profile report and submit that report to the landfill for a decision on whether their facility can accept your waste.

We’ve prepared a guide for previous fires that can be reviewed here on making this decision.

Monday, September 20, 2021

What does it mean if they declare a federal disaster?

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If you’re in a hurry and just want to get the process over with, we get it! Many will go this route.
  However, if insurance coverage or money is an issue, then you could benefit by waiting to see if the fire that destroyed your property will be declared a federal disaster.  We anticipate the larger fires currently burning (i.e. Caldor Fire, Dixie Fire) will be declared federal disasters – which will likely trigger California to issue an emergency waiver for landfills, which will ultimately accept fire debris and waste from a forest fire. This has already happened for the Dixie Fire and closest landfills to that fire (check with your local landfills or contact our office and we’ll help point you in the right direction)!

Learn more here!

We have offices and personnel in the areas of Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, Chico, and Redding, California that can help you with fire debris characterization and debris removal. 


Redding: (888) 351-8189

Arcata/Eureka (North Coast): (707) 388-3008

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Where Do I take My Fire Debris Waste?

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You need to determine where the closest landfill is located, then you need to contact that landfill to see what the waste profiling requirements are for that landfill.
  Each landfill has their own unique process for profiling waste, and while there are some standards across the state for what’s classified as “hazardous waste” there is some wiggle room landfills have to accept fire debris from natural disasters. Learn more here!

Contact us today to discuss fire debris characterization and ash removal for your home or business in the areas of Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, Chico, and Redding, California. 


Redding: (888) 351-8189

Arcata/Eureka (North Coast): (707) 388-3008

Monday, August 23, 2021

What is makeup air and why does it matter for indoor air quality?

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In nearly every residential and commercial building there’s a system known as an HVAC system. This stands for “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.”
 

In most structures, there are several appliances that push air in or pull air out including things like clothes dryers, bathroom fans, fireplaces and kitchen range hoods. These appliances depressurize the interior of the structure. Any air exhausted through mechanical systems must be replaced by an equal volume of air from the outside to re-balance the pressure. Unless airways are deliberately provided for the incoming air through mechanical design in the HVAC system, it will flow in through the path of least resistance through passive means, such as gaps around windows and doors, between framing and the foundation, or at other leaky building components.  


Learn more here!

Contact Guzi-West today to discuss professional testing for indoor air quality for your home or business in Northern California, in Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, Chico, Redding and surrounding areas. (888) 351-8189

Friday, August 13, 2021

Concerned About Your Indoor Air Quality in Your California Home?

 

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According to the EPA, there are three basic strategies to improve indoor air quality: 

  • Source Control
  • Improved Ventilation
  • Air Cleaners


Learn more here!

At Guzi-west, we perform professional testing for indoor air quality in Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, Chico, Redding and surrounding areas. For additional services, please explore our website. Contact us today to schedule a professional testing service for your home or business. (888) 351-8189

Redding: (888) 351-8189

Arcata/Eureka (North Coast): (707) 388-3008

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Guzi-West's Same-Day Turnaround is Better Than Ever!



Guzi-West’s expansion guarantees their clients the ability to have same-day turnaround time results. This includes the ability to do same-day results for:


  • Asbestos concentrations 

  • Lead concentrations

  • Bacteria/sewage clearance

  • Mold concentrations 


Guzi-West now has staff in Anderson/Redding, Chico, and Arcata CA which allows us to cover the entire northern state of California and parts of Oregon. Guzi-West’s combination of strategic positioning and potential for same-day turnaround results generates the capability for our company to efficiently respond to emergency situations and situations where fast response times are crucial to your project. 


Contact us today to discuss our analytical capabilities for asbestos, bacteria, lead or professional mold testing your California home or business in the areas of Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, Chico, and Redding, California. 


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Guzi West Expands Same-Day Testing!



Guzi-West Inspection and Consulting is excited to announce the expansion of the company’s same-day testing and results capabilities. In addition to our new office in Anderson – and the employment of our new qualified asbestos and mold analyst Bobby Ingram – Guzi-West is proud to announce the addition of two Viken Detection Pb200i X-ray fluorescent (XRF) analyzers. 


XRF instruments are used to detect toxic levels of lead in any paint sample instantaneously. The incorporation of these instruments allows us to assist our clients with the fastest turnaround times in northern California. As a result, this allows you to clear abatement/mitigation areas faster, and help you meet insurance company demands for restoration response times, and overall help you where speed is of the utmost importance.  


Contact us today if you’re interested to see XRF instruments speed up the process of your clearance! We’re happy to help you, your business, or your home!

WHERE DO I TAKE MY FIRE DEBRIS WASTE?

Where should I take my fire debris waste? That’s the question many homeowners and building owners have been asking lately.  Despite all the ...