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Ashley J. Palmer

Baxter Group, Inc. Expansion

By | Baxter Group Inc, Home Improvement, Indoor Air Quality, Radon | No Comments

Environmental company grows in response to the community’s needs

Baxter Group, Inc. is bursting at the seams after acquisition of the basement waterproofing company, Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, expanding the BGI Radon division, adding a new Indoor Environmentalist, and joining forces with a local HVAC company to improve the indoor air quality of their clients. When Jocelyne Melton, Owner and CEO of Baxter Group, Inc., heard that Steve Jaymes, a long-time friend and owner of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, was going to retire, she immediately approached him to inquire about his plans for the business. Both parties agreed that the acquisition of Steven’s home improvement company by Baxter Group, Inc. couldn’t have been matched more perfectly. The addition of assets owned by Steven E. Jaymes Contracting to Baxter Group, Inc.’s existing resources allows the company to further accomplish their client’s needs by making more solutions available to the community. Some of the additional resources gained by Baxter Group, Inc. through the acquisition of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting include:

  • Waterproofing
  • Wall stabilization
  • Renovations
  • Home and building improvements

“We’ve been working together for a decade and have been friends for even longer. That made this venture even more exciting.” – Jocelyne Melton, Owner & CEO of Baxter Group, Inc.

Baxter Group, Inc. has also embarked on another new partnership and Building Performance Analyst, Patrick Aaron of Total Comfort, Inc., has agreed to join forces with the company to improve the indoor air quality throughout the community. After working on several projects together, Jocelyne and Patrick realized they share similar values and a strong passion for maintaining the cleanliness of the environment in which we live and breathe. Patrick Aaron stated, “Teaming with Baxter Group, Inc. provides us with the opportunity to better serve our customers. By taking a more holistic approach to a home’s indoor air quality and HVAC systems, we aim to create a much healthier and comfortable living space.” Clients are benefiting tremendously from the expanded knowledge base used in helping to identify problem areas, as well as create solutions for their indoor environmental needs.

Both residential and commercial Clients have the option of receiving a free consultation with Jocelyne Melton and Patrick Aaron to determine the best resolution for their issues.

These free consultations include:

  • In-Depth environmental investigations, testing, and remediation services
  • Recommended changes to existing HVAC systems
  • Products recommended for improving indoor air quality

Baxter Group, Inc. would like to welcome our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young. His background and experience takes our indoor environmental division to a whole new level. Jason has almost 20 years of experience with indoor environmental quality and air filtration. He’s tested emission sources in oil refineries, trash to steam facilities, medical waste facilities, printing facilities etc.…

He’s tested and certified entire production facilities mostly in the Semi-conductor or pharmaceutical industries, has performed HEPA filter leak testing, Laboratory Fume hood testing, Laminar flow device and Biological Safety Cabinet testing and certification.

Jason is here to help with all your indoor environmental quality needs. He’ll work with you to identify the problem and provide the proper remediation resources.

Services offered:

  • Global Harmonization Establishment and Maintenance
  • Odor Investigations
  • Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Assessments
  • Testing for TVOCs, PCBs, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, dichloroethene (ethylidene chloride), carbon tetrachloride, asphalt fumes, ammonia, ethanol, nicotine, new rug odor, total petroleum hydrocarbons, silica, endotoxins, mycotoxins, PCR – ERMI, bacteria, and so much more.
  • Dust Sampling
  • Drinking Water Analysis
  • Testing for Sick Building Syndrome
  • HVAC Cleanliness Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs

While the collaboration ventures were in the works, spring rolled in and the home-buying season took off. Baxter Group, Inc. has now begun working on new construction projects as an addition to the company’s existing radon measurement and mitigation services already being provided to both residential and commercial clients.

The rapid expansion of Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division was proving to be quite overwhelming for the staff and the addition of personnel dedicated to the division was necessary for ensuring that the company was able to continue delivering quality customer service to their clients. Our client’s loyalty has allowed Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division to double in size over the past three years.

Jarret Rine and Alex Cox have joined Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division as part of the field crew, while new employee, Mark Delaney, manages the administration. This group of individuals work hard daily to extinguish all client concerns regarding the presence of radon within their homes and or businesses, while providing top-notch customer service that is nothing short of exceptional.

Baxter Group, Inc. sends a huge “thank you” to each one of its employees dedicated to ensuring the success of the company’s radon division for surviving an incredibly overwhelming transition period, and to each and every one of our clients. We appreciate the support we received from everyone during this painful, yet exciting growth period and we look forward to providing our clients with the highest quality service for many years to come.

National HVAC Tech Day

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In 2016, National HVAC Tech Day was created by ARS/Rescue Rooter to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.

A lot of their work takes place outside so the office environment of a HVAC tech is whatever the weather wants it to be. Extreme heat to rain to cold.

Though it’s not much better if they get to go indoors- From crawl spaces to attics, they may be crawling over debris, dead pests, and mold.

They stay up to date on the newest HVAC technologies and provide regular maintenance to save you from a horrible electric bill. Maintaining efficient HVAC systems help reduce your carbon footprint!


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June 20th is National American Eagle Day.

This day is to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments and take part in educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction in the United States. The species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species in 1995 and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. In 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species. The largest recorded eagle’s nest measured 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep. It weighed nearly three tons.


National American Eagle Day is sponsored by The American Eagle Foundation. For more information, visit


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Duct Sealing

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Does your home have hot or cold spots?

Excessive dust?

High utility bills?

Does your building fail specifications for duct tightness?

These are signs of an air leak in your HVAC duct work. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) says that 75% of all ducts in commercial buildings leak 10-25%. That’s 200-700% higher than ASHRAE’s recommended standard of 3%. Leaks in the return duct spread contaminants throughout the rest of your home or your facility. Leaks in a facility’s ventilation shaft reduces the efficiency of exhaust fans.

Duct Sealing improves indoor air quality from the inside out, repairing leaks with a non-toxic sealant.


  1. Saves energy.
  2. Improves comfort and ventilation.
  3. Helps businesses comply with building codes.

To learn more, visit Total Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning.

Hero Cat

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The human body always has indicators if you’re breathing unhealthy air. That’s why it’s important to listen to your body when you’re constantly sneezing, getting headaches, dizziness and more.

But you should also listen to your pets.

A woman in Wisconsin got up in the middle of the night in horrible pain. She moved to a chair in the bedroom, and after falling asleep, she only woke up because of her cat persistently meowing and rattling the closed door. Her husband soon heard the noise and realized he was not feeling well either. He called their son and the police; His motor skills and speech impaired.

The emergency responders and energy company discovered lethal amounts of carbon monoxide upstairs and found that the vent to their tankless water heater had gotten iced shut. After the family’s showers that night, the gas was pushed right into the bedroom.

If it was not for their cat causing all the commotion, sensing there was something wrong, it could have been a fatal situation.

If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, visit Baxter Group, Inc’s Indoor Environmental Department for IEQ assessments and investigations.

Check the Condition of Your Childcare Facilities

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Facilities managers should regularly inspect for lead hazards.


Although a home may be free of lead-based paint hazards, a child could still be exposed elsewhere.

Here is a list of places to look:

  • Interior and exterior painted areas – Examine walls and surfaces to see if the paint is cracking, chipping, or peeling, and check areas on doors or windows where painted surfaces may rub together. The paint can flake off and contaminate nearby soil where children play.
  • Surrounding areas – Be sure there are no large structures nearby with peeling or flaking paint.
  • Playground equipment, toys and furniture – Older equipment can contain lead-based paint.
  • Cleaning practices – The staff should wash any pacifiers, toys, or bottles that fall on the floor.

Marine Carbon Monoxide Detectors Slated for 2018

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Carbon Monoxide poisoning isn’t only a risk inside a house. It’s a risk in any enclosed space.

After 7-year-old Sophia Baechler died in 2015 from carbon monoxide poisoning while riding in a boat in 2015, a law was passed requiring carbon monoxide detectors on boats.

Minnesota is the first state to implement this requirement. Sophia’s Law was to take effect last month, but it has now been slated to effect May 1, 2018. The delay is due to availability issues of marine carbon monoxide detectors.

On boats, carbon monoxide poisoning can happen when the gas builds up from an idling motor, generator, or faulty motor exhaust system.

Similar sources found in a house are:

  • Furnaces or boilers
  • Gas stoves and ovens
  • Fireplaces, both gas and wood burning
  • Water heaters
  • Power generators
  • Motor vehicles

Baechler’s death was the result of carbon monoxide leaking from a hole into the boat’s exhaust pipe.

The law requires any motorboat with an “enclosed accommodation area” i.e. sleeping areas, galleys with sinks, toilet compartments etc.… to have a marine-certified carbon monoxide detector. Motorboats with “an enclosed occupancy space” aren’t required to have detectors but must have three warning stickers about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Safer Choice

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Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients. Companies must adhere to a strict set of pass or fail criteria where multiple aspects of the product is reviewed.


What does the Safer Choice label mean?

Participation in the Safer Choice program is voluntary. Companies who make products carrying the Safer Choice label have invested heavily in research and reformulation to ensure that their products meet the Safer Choice Standard.

Products must pass strict criteria in order to spot the Safer Choice label. Once a product meets the criteria, EPA conducts annual audits to ensure the standards continue to be met.


What is Examined?


Every ingredient. The EPA reviews all chemical ingredients, regardless of their percentage in the product. Every ingredient must meet strict safety criteria for both human health and the environment. Some of the factors include carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, toxicity to aquatic life, and persistence in the environment. This ensures that any product spotting the Safer Choice-labeled products are safer for humans and the environment.


Product performance. Products that qualify to carry the Safer Choice label must pass category-specific performance standards.


Packaging. Partners are required to implement sustainable packaging measures and to improve the packaging profile.


pH. Products must meet the pH standards set that minimize skin and eye irritation or injury.


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Safer Choice restricts VOC content to minimize indoor air pollution and respiratory concerns.


A Few Helpful Links:


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Available Products:

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Six Myths about Lead Paint

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How much do you know about lead paint?

Take our quick quiz and learn what’s true and what’s false about lead paint.


  1. True or False: The use of lead paint is banned.


No country has completely banned all uses of lead paint. It is sold in stores in at least 45 countries and it is legal to use in the United States, Canada, and Europe for industrial applications.


  1. True or False: There are substitutes for lead in paint.


There are alternatives available for lead compounds in paints and more. Though a manufacturer has claimed that paints made without lead pigments are not as yellow and therefore do not protect the public as well when used on roadways. The U.S. has stopped using lead paint on roads but there is no evidence that the substitutes are linked to more accidents.


  1. True or False: Only residential paint is a problem.


People are exposed to lead paint used on roads, buildings, vehicles, and farm equipment. Exposure results when these paints deteriorate, creating lead dust that workers can take home on their hands, shoes, clothes, and in their hair.


  1. True or False: Lead paint is only a problem when it is not intact.


Intact lead paint does not pose a threat. It becomes a threat when the paint is cracked, peeling, or deteriorated. It can then flake off and can contaminate the soil, water, and air.


  1. True or False: Most kids get exposed to lead by eating paint chips.


Children may eat fragmented paint chips but that is not a primary exposure to lead paint. The lead dust in homes that settles on floors, toys, window sills, and other surfaces is how lead is primarily ingested by children. They crawl on the floor, play with their toys, then stick their hands in their mouth.


  1. True or False: Lead paint only impacts children.


While children have greater health risks because of their growing bodies, people of all ages are impacted if exposed to lead.



Learn more about lead by visiting our Education Center and contact us for a free estimate for lead detection and lead paint removal services.

National Healthy Homes Month

By | Asbestos, Home Improvement, HVAC, Indoor Air Quality, Lead Paint, Mold, Radon, Safety | No Comments

Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month!


June 2017 is the Second Annual National Healthy Homes Month.

Indoor Air Quality has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the five most urgent environmental risks to public health. HVACR manufacturers, distributors, and contractors are installing more indoor environmental products noticing that IAQ plays a large role in employee health and performance.

People spend most of their time indoors; National Healthy Homes Month offers concepts and tips for keeping those inside spaces healthy and safe.

The theme for this National Healthy Homes Month is Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home. Each week in June; NHHM will focus on the “Principals of Healthy Homes” with associated set of activities:

  1. Childhood lead poisoning prevention
  2. Residential asthma intervention
  3. Injury prevention
  4. Smoke free public housing
  5. Safe indoor pest control
  6. Radon Safety
  7. Disaster Recovery

A series of webinars will also be happening throughout the month.

For resources and activities updates, visit the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

Download the NHHM Planning Guide from the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes