Do We Need To Check For Asbestos Before Demolition?
Asbestos is a harmful substance found in old buildings, specifically buildings built before the 1980s. It was used in insulation and fireproofing spray. And extended asbestos exposure can cause health problems. If you fail to check and remove asbestos before a demolition project, then it can release the harmful substance into the air and cause health problems to all who inhale that air.
It is vital to check for asbestos before demolition. Many times, a building is deemed necessary to be removed because it is unsafe to stay standing. Asbestos can contribute to a building being categorized as condemned. Asbestos abatement, or the safe removal of asbestos, should be administered to each building in which asbestos is found before the demolition happens. This can cost an extra $2-$3 per square foot.
For these details regarding your commercial demolition project, a skilled contractor should be able to answer all of these questions confidently. You want to hire someone who knows about environmental stewardship and the risk related to asbestos. If you are interviewing a contractor and they are flustered about any of these questions, look elsewhere.