Building remodels are all about intentional damage focused room-by-room or the whole building. From saws to sledgehammers to backhoe demolition, everything from putting in a new kitchen to demolishing an old factory unearths the hidden secrets of the property. One of the biggest risks is exposing contracts as well as those who live in and around the property to hazardous materials during the project, as many of the above tools can easily disturb and cause hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold to become airborne.
Finding Hazardous Materials Before the Project
The best way of dealing with these hazards is to detect them ahead of the renovation or demolition project. From there, it will depend on the project and hazardous material to find the right solution.
- Asbestos: Before a renovation or demolition, the building should undergo inspection for asbestos (it may be required under some circumstances). If asbestos is found, the property owner will need to decide how to move forward, including encapsulation or removal.
- Lead Paint: In older homes, lead paint is often found beneath layers of new paint. Unless removed before the project, the lead paint will become a dust. Find out the steps for removal in our blog, Worried About Lead Paint? Steps to Take Before Renovation.
- Mold: If the remodel or demolition is influenced by water damage, mold spores could be present. Especially during a remodel, it’s important to catch and deal with any mold growth that could prove hazardous for yourself or contractors.
During the Project: Monitoring and Safety
Once the project has begun, it’s important to that the building is monitored for hazardous materials. This is the reason that contractors need RRP (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) certification and AHERA accreditation is important for inspecting and dealing with asbestos. For contractors, it’s important to understand the risks of prolonged asbestos exposure for employees in their line of work, as well as for those they serve. All parties should be aware of all the hazardous materials they could find and how to deal with them.
A Note on Required Inspections Before Demolitions
Buildings need to be inspected before demolitions. Among other things, this inspection looks for asbestos in quantities, known as ACM (asbestos containing materials). If found above certain levels, the building must undergo asbestos abatement before it can continue. Learn more in our blogs, Avoiding Asbestos Hazards When Demolishing a Building and The Danger of Asbestos During Building Damage or Destruction.
Have questions about testing or treating hazardous materials before renovations or demolitions? Contact Fiber Control, Inc. We inspect and abate asbestos, RPP lead, and mold at the same time with the goal of keeping you safe. Reach out to us today.