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Demolition Food for Thought

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Asbestos is highly regulated by the Government

Some customers approach us with cleaning and restoration requests because their property is so severely damaged that it is beyond repair but they need us to prepare the building for demolition. 

There are many things that must get done before the wrecking crew shows up.  It takes time and required steps in order to plan for a building to be knocked down. 

One of the first things that must occur before any demolition begins is to have a Site Hazardous Assessment completed.  This completed report must identify if there are any potential asbestos containing materials in that structure and their specific location. If there is any confirmed asbestos material, a plan must be developed in order to remove those materials. This work can only be done by a Wisconsin Certified Asbestos Abatement Company.

We had a customer who wanted to tear down an old section of his building in order to build a new, automated building for his manufacturing plant.  He was told by his local building inspector that a Site Hazardous Assessment had to be completed first.  This customer called on us to perform that service.  The Wisconsin State Certified Asbestos Inspector was sent to the property and approximately 70 samples were obtained. Of the 70, 12 test positive.

This customer knew that before the building could be torn down, that the asbestos had to be removed.  An estimate was provided to the property owner and that owner eventually signed with us. 

Asbestos Abatement is highly regulated by the Government.   Permits must be obtained and action plans provided.  This all takes time. 

In summary, knocking down a commercial building is no simple task.  There are many steps in between that must be taken before the wrecking ball shows up.  You must consider all these steps in determining whether you want that building knocked down. Most importantly, you must call on a Wisconsin Certified Asbestos Abatement Company to have it removed and disposed of properly.


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