Let’s say you have an old out building behind your home, or a detached garage that was built decades ago. While these demolition jobs may seem small in comparison to remodeling a bathroom or kitchen, experts caution homeowners against doing it themselves.
“What many homeowners don’t realize is that even in these smaller spaces, hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold can be a real problem,” said Chris Jackson, a supervisor from Jackson Demo. “Homeowners really need to go through the proper steps to ensure these toxic materials are not present before them begin disturbing those spaces to ensure the safety of family members and neighbors. Disturbing even the smallest spaces that contain hazardous materials can be dangerous.”
One of the biggest considerations is lead paint. Homes, detached garages and many smaller spaces built before 1978 often contain this toxic substance that can cause a host of health issues including reproductive and nervous system problems, kidney and blood issues, as well as cognitive decline in memory and thinking.
Homeowners may not realize that lead can be found in a variety of other building materials, including stonework, faucets, roofing and pipework. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers homeowners resources and information on laws and regulations. Experts in the field recommend calling in a professional to test the material before demolition begins. “You want to look for a contracting company that has experience in dealing with this sort of hazardous material. Not all contractors know the safety regulations, particularly when it comes to asbestos abatement,” said Jackson.
Another hazardous material that homeowners need to be aware of is asbestos. Found in roofing, tile work, attic and wall insulation, and many more building materials, when these tiny fibers are disturbed they are released into the air and can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other deadly respiratory conditions. “Asbestos is not visible to the human eye,” said Jackson. “You can’t see it and if you don’t call in someone to test it, you could be putting your family at risk.”
Not all contractors are licensed to remove these hazardous materials, so it’s important to do your homework and ask whether the companies you call have state approval and whether they have had experience in this type of work.
Jackson Demo is a full service demolition and abatement company that has been handling hazardous materials for more than 30 years. They serve the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino. In addition to hazardous waste removal, they offer hard, soft, interior and exterior demolition. Check out their latest projects and get a free quote at jacksondemo.com.