Homes and commercial businesses are demolished regularly in the United States. Yes, this is a normal occurrence, but it can also turn into a deadly one. We generally see older homes and buildings that are being demolished. These properties are likely to contain asbestos. Commercial buildings usually have documentation showing where asbestos is located, but residential homes generally don’t. There are guidelines and regulations in place for commercial properties in the United States regarding asbestos removal and demolition. A process must be completed to ensure asbestos is not spread into the area from a commercial building being demolished.

Residential Demolition

Residential homes are not as of a concern when it comes to demolition, but for safety reasons, we recommend asbestos testing. Asbestos testing should be completed on any home that is awaiting demolition. By doing this, you are not only protecting the workers but also those in the general vicinity. Your neighbors or anyone in the area can be exposed to asbestos during demolition. Asbestos fibers are released through dust particles which can float into the area, traveling and exposing those in the path.

Commercial Building Demolition

Commercial buildings have plans in place that are used for demolition. Specific rules must be followed if a commercial property contains asbestos. An asbestos abatement contractor must be present and ready to remove the asbestos-related materials. Once the asbestos has been removed and disposed of, the actual demolition can take place.

If you are needing demolition services, it is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional that is well versed in the rules and regulations. This will ensure you are not breaking any laws during your demolition process. It is in the best interest of everyone involved, including those in the general vicinity. Protect everyone from asbestos exposure by contacting a professional before the demolition of any building.