Asbestos and Lead Hazards in Demolition and Renovation Projects
The Environmental Permitting & Inspection Program aims to protect public health and the environment by reducing the risk of exposure to dust and debris during demolition and renovation activities. Many buildings in Chicago, especially those built before 1978, were constructed or decorated with materials that may contain lead-based paint or asbestos. It is imperative that such materials be properly handled during demolition, renovation, alteration, repair, cleaning and maintenance activities to protect anyone who might come into contact with the debris, from the workers and waste haulers to the general public.
That’s why you should consider using BB Construction for such tasks. We are specialist in asbestos removal and asbestos abatement. Call us for a free quote today!
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Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used for insulation and building in the early to mid-1900s. It was later found to cause cancers and other health issues. During remodels, contractors work to remove asbestos from older homes and all new houses are built without using asbestos. We are experts at asbestos abatement.
Research your house to find out when it was built. If it was built in the early to mid-1900s, then it may have asbestos. Research will also tell you what improvements have been made to the house and if improvements included new insulation or asbestos removal.
Talk to the previous owner or to your real estate agent to determine whether the house has been upgraded in the past decade. Most home improvement projects will also include asbestos removal so you may want to contact former contractors who worked on the house as well.
Investigate your house. If this is a house that you recently purchased, find out its secrets by doing a thorough search of all areas of the house. Asbestos is found in attics, in crawl spaces and around pipes for insulation. If insulation looks old or is degraded in any way, it could be asbestos, and you should pursue options to remove it. Asbestos is a fibrous material that can range from beige to gray and slightly orange. Do not touch asbestos, or if you must, wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt.
Better yet, contact an asbestos company or asbestos contractor that specializes in asbestos removal, like BB Construction.