There’s nothing like a good demolition to release the aggression. Then again, knocking down walls and ceilings, ripping up flooring, and breaking up concrete also releases a lot of pollution into the air. From toxic crystalline silica found in cement to age-old asbestos and other outdated insulation, demos and Renos can take your breath away – literally. Take it from the demolition specialists at Junk Out; there’s steps you need to take to protect yourself from airborne pollutants during any house demolition.
Three Things You Can Do to Reduce Airborne Pollution During a Demo
You’d think there would be a lot less hassle involved in demolishing something. Take the average garage demolition for example. It’s not as simple as inviting some friends over and letting them go crazy with a sledgehammer. There are safety standards that have to be adhered to, possibly permits required, and a well-thought-out plan to help mitigate the spread of airborne particulates, especially if you’re not sure what’s in the walls of that garage. Your flower-planting environmentalist neighbour would be rather upset to see her pansies covered in powder. Getting rid of the demolition waste is as easy as booking a Garbage bin rental from Junk Out. For the dust, you should follow these steps.
1. Control the spread of dust by using building wraps and wetting agents. Using wraps for dust control helps limit the exposure to harmful dust that could cause health problems later on. Installing wraps and barriers prevents the spread of airborne dust and other agents including carbon monoxide, mould, and the dust left from animal waste, old caulking, and other adhesives. Wetting down an area is also a quick way to reduce the amount of dust that makes it into the air.
2. Use fans and other ventilation methods. Demolition contractors often utilize air pressure monitoring equipment to control the air pressure in construction zones to help draw contaminated air away from working areas. It’s a high-tech solution to an issue that has to be controlled.
3. Take all the necessary precautions that demolition Toronto companies implement in major demolitions. Demarcate the area where dust is prone to happen with appropriate signage. Install temporary sticky floor mats at primary entrance ways to reduce dirt and debris transfer. Tape all the doors and internal windows. Seal all openings in walls prior to demolition. Follow one route to remove construction debris from the primary demolition zone.
Another thing to remember is to take care of the people doing the work. Construction sites require safety measures and Personal Protective Equipment; so too should your demolition site. Keep your work safe by ensure they’re not sucking in toxins released during your demolition.
Call Junk Out Prior to Your House Demolition Projects
Junk Out has a team of waste management professionals that can be mobilized to air in any demolition project. In addition, they have industrial-sized waste bins you can rent to help get rid of all waste generated during your demolition. Speak with them first; they’ll help “clear the air” of any misconceptions you might have about handling air pollution on the job.