Irvine-based demolition and abatement company, Jackson Demo, reminds consumers that small space projects can sometimes be more complex than meets the eye. On a recent attic project in Irvine, crew members worked to remove insulation and ductwork in a confined space, requiring precision and technical skills to properly dispose of the asbestos-containing materials.
Crew members wearing hazmat suits crawled into narrow spaces to remove the fiberglass-like substance and properly bag duct work to make way for new insulation and a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. While some homeowners might be tempted to take on a job like this on their own, experts caution against it.
“If there’s one thing that I recommend, it is to hire a professional to take samples and test any material before going in and removing it yourself,” said Richy Jackson, senior project manager at Jackson Demo. “Asbestos is not visible to the human eye and it can cause a lot of harm if the fibers are released into the air. The only way to know if insulation contains asbestos is to have it tested.”
Builders commonly used asbestos-containing materials up until the 1980s because of its ability to resist heat and its sturdiness. The fibers, when disturbed, are now known to cause respiratory disease and some forms of cancer. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now strictly regulates the removal and disposal of asbestos to ensure safety.
Only specially licensed contractors are approved to remove the hazardous material. Homeowners should be sure to hire a properly certified company by asking upfront whether the contractor is state-approved and whether they have had experience removing asbestos. OSHA now offers a fact sheet with more information about asbestos.
Jackson Demo has been in the demolition and abatement industry for more than 30 years. From commercial to residential to industrial projects, their crew members are specially trained on the guidelines of how to remove and dispose of hazardous materials. In addition to asbestos removal, the company also handles the removal of mold, lead, fuel and other chemicals. Check out their latest projects or visit their website for a free quote.