Where can asbestos be found?
Once you know there is asbestos in your building, it’s up to you on how you proceed with removal of the asbestos (a.k.a. abatement). Sometimes, it’s a government that mandated you to remove it, and sometimes you remove it to feel safer. Sometimes, it’s convenient to have an abatement project before a demolition project.
Many homes, particularly those built before 1990; contain some type of asbestos-containing material (ACM). Some of the products where asbestos was commonly used in the manufacturing process, or may still be manufactured with asbestos. The list below will show some ACMs (which are areas that are usually targeted in most abatement jobs:
- Ceiling Tiles
- Floor Tiles
- Wallboard Joint Compound
- Floor Covering
- Boilers Pipe Insulation
- Exterior Siding
- Acoustic Ceiling
- Plaster Walls
- Heater Ducting
- Roof Flashing
- Roof Shingles
Please remember, this is NOT a comprehensive list. Asbestos survey testing can indicate other materials that are positive.
See FAQ page for more specific answers https://kbenvironmentalinc.com/faq/ .
Every instance is different and services may be covered by your home or commercial business insurance policy. We can work with you and your insurance company to process the claim. If you’re planning to have abatement as part of construction project, we are more than happy to work with you.
A comprehensive inspection and site survey is the first step in the abatement process, and is conducted by a third-party industrial hygienist. The inspection is when an industrial hygienist conducts a test for asbestos in the construction materials (walls, floors, ceiling). If it comes back positive, then is must be removed by a Certified Asbestos Contractor. The site survey is the scope of work or the recommended plan of action that the industrial hygienist provides. The survey must meet all requirements of Rule 1403 from South Coast Quality Air Management District (SCAQMD).
In accordance with the site survey, which is the recommended scope of work/plan of action required to completely remove the asbestos, lead, or hazardous materials, KB Environmental will provide an estimate upon request. A typical project will go through various stages, including: Containment, environment control, demolition, and clearance.
All cracks or openings that let in air will be blocked. This means that the doors, vents, windows and other air passageways are sealed with plastic sheeting to eliminate movement of fibers to other locations within the home. The enclosure is created by securing plastic sheeting to all walls and floors with moisture resistant tape. For the safety of our technicians, they do not enter containment without protective suits and particle filtering respirators which detect the amount of asbestos fibers in the air.
Usually in an abatement project, there is a designated area where the asbestos was found. Within this work area, the environment is controlled by encapsulating it and using air filtration equipment to trap asbestos particles. We use “HEPA Negative Air Machines”.
The asbestos-containing material (ACM) is removed. The risk of asbestos is minimized because the work area is encapsulated, there are air filtration machines, and our workers have protective equipment. The material is double bagged and sealed with moisture resistant tape, and then disposed at a designated landfill.
Clearance is required after asbestos abatement has been conducted. Clearance is basically the post-test to verify all asbestos-containing material has been removed and it’s conducted by a Certified Environmental Consulting Company.
What is Lead?
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death.
Many structures built before 1978 have some lead-based paint on the interiors and/or exteriors. It can also be found on playground equipment, boats, and bridges. Exposure to lead can cause brain damage, especially in children and pregnant women. The most common cause of exposure is from the dust generated when you sand lead-based paint or when the paint chips or peels with age.
Since paint deteriorates faster on the exterior of houses, the chips often find their way into windowsills and the soil surrounding the building. The dust or chips are picked up easily by touch of a hand or any object, especially those that are wet.
Lead-based paint removal should be handled by a professional certified lead-removal contractor to control and contain the lead dust created by the removal process.
Lead paint removal should always be handled by a certified lead-removal contractor. KB Environmental, Inc. offers professional services to remove lead-based paint. The procedure follows strict protocol to ensure the safety of our technicians and our environment. With complete site decontamination, we are able to properly contain, remove and dispose the potential health hazards from your home or business.
Risk Assessment (RA)
An ‘RA’ is defined as an assessment of a dwelling to check for the presence of Lead Based Paint (LBP) hazards. It includes a visual assessment of paint debris in the dust and soil. In essence, the risk assessor tests to see whether the house or building contains defective paint and or excessive levels of LBP dust on components such as floors, window sills, or in soil.
*Title 17 of The California Code of Regulations Division 1, Chapter 8 – mandates stringent lead dust limits for floors, window sills, window wells and soil.
KBE will review the lead paint inspection report with a scope of work and draft any technical specifications on how to best manage, repair or abate any lead based paint in the best cost effective method.
The Clearance Test is performed by a Certified Environmental Consulting Company. They test and confirm whether the Contractor/ Painter took all necessary precautions to contain the work area, abate and clean it. The Safety Inspector will take dust wipe samples to determine if a lead hazard still exists on the floors or window sills. If it does, the Contractor will re-clean work areas, and adjacent areas via wet methods and HEPA Vacuuming.
With complete site decontamination, we are able to properly contain, remove and dispose the potential health hazards from your home or business.
What is HazMat?
“HazMat” is short for “hazardous materials” and signifies dangerous goods. These dangerous goods such as solids, liquids or gases can be harmful to people, animals, property and our environment. Often indicated with a diamond shaped signage on its storage container or building where it’s been detected, these materials include radioactive, flammable, explosive, corrosive, oxidizing, asphyxiating, bio hazardous, toxic, pathogenic, or allergenic. Because of the danger of these goods, classification, labeling and transportation are regulated. These goods are divided into nine (9) classifications, and several subcategories under the main categories, all having different signage to indicate what classification type it is.
With proper and protective equipment, our technicians are certified with extensive training in order to properly manage, clean up and remove hazardous waste and make sure there is no exposure to any bio hazards which can range from mildly threatening to deadly to humans, animals and our environment. We follow extensive protocol and procedures to protect our environment.
General Contractor Information
Re-build is the reconstruction of areas that have been damaged due to water, fire, natural disasters, abatement, etc. that need to be restored. KB Environmental, Inc. is a California State ‘B’ licensed General Building Contractor who has been rebuilding for over a decade.
Whenever the need for reconstruction, KBE can help you plan ahead of time. During the environmental process, we will give you a detailed project plan to restore your home or business. Because we are involved in the process from day one, we are positioned a lot better than any other company to address your rebuild needs.