If an inspection detects hazardous material in your home or business, such as asbestos, lead paint, or toxic mold, the next step is to remove it. This blog is going to guide you through the various steps and tools a hazardous remediation and removal company like Fiber Control, Inc. would use when it comes to making a building safe from hazardous materials.
Hazardous Materials: Remediation vs. Removal
Remediation – also referred to as abatement – covers a suite of options available for containing and making safe hazardous materials within the federal and state guidelines. Generally, these procedures can be covered as material removal vs. encapsulation – removing the hazardous materials from the building as opposed to making them safe in place through protective coatings and reinforcement. Generally, removal is done with hand-tools (including power tools) and manpower, though a couple of specialized procedures should be mentioned below.
Using Selective Demolition During Removal
The use of selective demolition – i.e., the demolition of select parts of a building or room as opposed to building demolition. Often, this is done when a portion of materials is intermixed with the hazardous materials, such as a wall that contains ACMs (asbestos-containing materials) or a ceiling filled with mold from water damage. Demolition is usually done via larger pneumatic tools like jackhammers or smaller backhoes – see our demolition gallery for more examples.
Additional Tools: Sandblasting
Lastly, for hazardous materials that are sprayed or painted onto a hard surface, such as asbestos foam insulation or lead paint, sandblasting may be used. Using high pressure to spray sand and other abrasive compounds, sandblasting is used on concrete and brick structures to remove surface hazardous materials. See our blog, When Should You Use Sandblasting? for more use cases.
Before any removal can begin, you need to meet with the removal contractors to discuss your specific situation or needs. From single-family dwellings to entire schools or facilities, it’s important the remediation company has the right tools. If you’re Massachusetts or New Hampshire, it’s time to contact Fiber Control, Inc. We specialize in asbestos removal, alongside which we are fully-licensed in mold and lead paint remediation. Contact us today to get started.