Highly skilled workers from Jackson Demo, an Irvine-based demolition and abatement company, recently used a chain link soil pipe cutter to remove portions of an asbestos-containing transite pipe in order to allow for new custom fit valves. The work–completed in two different locations–required crew members to carefully and skillfully create a clean cut all the way around the water pipes.
“There was a technical aspect to this job because of the rigor required in cutting the pipe,” said Chris Jackson, supervisor at Jackson Demo. “And because it was a Procedure 5, there are additional requirements necessary to comply with South Coast Air Quality Management district regulations.” Excavations of underground pipe can be technical and require precision which is necessary to not damage the pipe in the abatement process.
A Procedure 5 is one of the guidelines set by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for the cleanup and removal of asbestos-containing materials under certain conditions which are outside of the normal procedures and practices used in performing a typical abatement. Asbestos was a commonly used in building materials until the 1980s when it was found to cause certain types of cancer and respiratory conditions.
Residential property owners may also find asbestos-containing materials in certain construction items including drywall, pipes, floor tiles and acoustic ceilings. Jackson Demo recommends that homeowners contact an asbestos testing service before beginning work on a remodel or demolition project. Because the substance cannot be seen with the human eye, environmental consultants will send samples to a lab to be analyzed.
A specially licensed contractor is required to remove the hazardous contaminant. Consumers should verify that the contractor they hire has the proper certification and experience in dealing with asbestos. Homeowners can visit the Occupational Safety and Health Agency’s (OSHA) website to learn more about asbestos.
Jackson Demo has more than thirty years of experience in demolition, abatement and hazardous waste removal. They serve a range of clients including homeowners, commercial building owners, contractors and government agencies. See their latest projects and learn more by visiting www.jacksondemo.com.