Asbestos Abatement Services in Virginia
Construction companies once used asbestos to strengthen and provide fireproofing or thermal insulation for materials like floor tiles, roofing and flashing, pipes, bricks, concrete, and fireplace cement. However, inhaling asbestos increases the likelihood of developing illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Though widespread acknowledgment of the dangers of asbestos began around the middle of the twentieth century, it wasn’t until 1989 that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned most uses of asbestos due to the health hazards it poses. Today, builders cannot use asbestos in new construction, but you can still find it in some older locations built before the EPA enacted the ban.
No amount of asbestos in a structure is safe for your health. If you own an older building and are in need of asbestos testing or asbestos abatement in Virginia, Waco, Inc. can help. We have numerous locations in Virginia to provide service in areas such as Roanoke, Richmond, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Northern Virginia. Our dedicated team strives to offer customers the most practical and cost-efficient solutions for handling environmental asbestos.
Asbestos Abatement Process Step by Step
At Waco, we have been providing customers all along the East Coast with asbestos abatement services since 1979. Our team has undergone thorough training in the safe removal and proper disposal of materials containing asbestos, completing thousands of projects so that we can back our processes with proven experience.
Prepping the Area
The experts at Waco begin by closing off any affected areas using barricades and appropriate warning signage. Next, we install airtight plastic barriers and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration blowers, configuring them to ensure that we generate negative pressure in the enclosed space. This keeps asbestos fibers safely in the workspace to prevent external contamination. Our team also installs air monitors to measure the amount of asbestos fibers currently present in the air so that we’ll be aware if any fibers escape the enclosure.
Removal of Asbestos Material
Next, the Waco team will remove all materials with asbestos in their composition and bag them. Once the bulk of the asbestos is prepped for safe disposal, we will complete a fine cleaning process, sometimes using an encapsulant on surfaces within the enclosure to trap any remaining fibers in the air. As an alternative, some companies may use an impermeable wrap or jacket to contain asbestos, leaving it in its location but encapsulating fibers. However, we recommend full removal as the difference in price for these services is slight, and eliminating the asbestos safeguards against future problems.
Cleanup & Testing for Reoccupation
Our staff will complete the process with testing and disposal. The barriers will not come down until we are sure that the work area is asbestos-free, at which time we’ll prepare the area for reoccupation. Waco is dedicated to serving our clients safely and efficiently, which is why, as a licensed abatement contractor, we design our processes to follow all regulations as set forth by the local, state, and federal governments.
Waco Asbestos Contractors in Virginia
Our offices in Virginia are located in:
- Chesapeake, VA: (757) 558-3100 or Toll-Free (866) 745-0189
- Christiansburg, VA: (540) 731-9556
- Covington, VA: (540) 962-5161
- Newport News, VA: (757) 873-2205
- Richmond, VA: (804) 222-8440 or Toll-Free (888) 822-7285
- Mt. Crawford, VA: (540) 434-7390 or Toll-Free (877) 922-6462
- Troy, VA: (804) 822-1416
- Winchester, VA: (540) 535-7250
Asbestos Removal Experience
We have experience working under unique conditions for a wide array of businesses. For example, Waco bid on a renovation project for the Hampton, Virginia, school district. The task was to address the plaster lath ceilings in two of their auditoriums as they both contained asbestos, and to do so while adhering to the guidelines for asbestos removal in Virginia. The school district chose us because they had worked with Waco before and were confident in our expertise and project management capabilities.
The project presented special challenges. Both auditoriums contained slanted floors and high ceilings. Also, as this was a multi-contractor project, Waco had a strict timeframe of only four weeks to complete our portion. However, we finished the project ahead of schedule. We contracted with a trusted scaffolding company to access the ceilings while ensuring the safety of our workers. Our team contained the areas by laying out cardboard followed by three layers of polyethylene sheeting, then creating a negative pressure differential for managing airflow during abatement. Our experienced team brought all the ceiling materials down and bagged them for safe removal.
Partner With Waco for Asbestos Solutions
No margin for error exists when it comes to asbestos services. Everything from a single room with asbestos to multifaceted projects requires professional asbestos abatement contractors with the skills and knowledge needed to handle the job with care to protect your health. At Waco, we specialize in mechanical and environmental services with a focus on completing your job efficiently and on time. Our commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations has enabled us to become leaders in asbestos abatement in Virginia and beyond. For safe asbestos removal services, contact the experts at Waco or request a quote today.