Commercial Asbestos Removal Service

If you own a building that was built before 1990, you may have an asbestos problem. Asbestos was used to produce building products from around 1950 to 1970 because it was strong and inexpensive, a good insulator and resistant to water and chemicals.

In the 1970s, It was no longer produced in the U.S. or used in construction products because it was found to cause respiratory and other health problems. However, it was still used in many imported building products.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all types of asbestos can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovaries, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs). Asbestos exposure occurs through the inhalation of fibers in working environments and indoor air in buildings that contain asbestos materials.

Most major insurance carriers have eliminated asbestos coverage from their policies. So, if you are renovating or remodeling an older building or one that has popcorn ceilings, you should check to be sure that it does not have asbestos.

How We Can Help

If you learn that you have asbestos in a building that you own or manager, you need an asbestos removal contractor like Charter to eliminate it to ensure the health and safety of occupants.

If we confirm the presence of asbestos in your building, we will recommend encapsulation or abatement depending on the amount and condition of the materials and provide a written proposal that describes the removal and cleanup process.

If abatement is necessary, our technicians follow strict decontamination protocols such as wearing coveralls and either full-face N-100 masks or P-100 respirators and discard all carcinogenic materials safely per state and federal regulations.

If encapsulation is sufficient, technicians coat the materials with a sealant that prevents fibers from becoming airborne. If the damage has reached the critical stage, they remove all harmful materials using the following asbestos removal procedure.

  • Shut down HVAC units and seal vents.
  • Close doors and seal off the affected area with plastic sheeting.
  • Seal off spaces underneath doors
  • Remove upholstered furniture and loose objects if possible. If not, cover with plastic sheeting.
  • Cover floors with plastic sheeting to avoid contamination and expedite clean-up.
  • Clean affected materials with water and detergent prior to removal.
  • Remove harmful materials with hand tools.
  • Wet down asbestos materials that have been removed, double-wrap them in thick plastic bags and seal them.
  • Dampen all dust on floor surfaces and remove using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Replace furniture and objects removed during treatment.
  • Seal protective equipment in thick plastic bags.
  • Dispose of sealed asbestos materials and protective equipment at an authorized recycling center.

As a final step, we engage an independent Industrial Hygienist or Air Quality Specialist who checks our work, verifies that all asbestos has been removed, and certifies that the area is safe.

If you have discovered asbestos in a building you own or manage, you need to work with an asbestos removal company to ensure the health of tenants and occupants and avoid legal problems. Contact us to request a consultation.

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