Demolition Services Los Angeles CA
Environmental issues are a big concern for people and governments around the world. This may come as no surprise that many businesses, including demolition services companies in Los Angeles CA, are choosing to tackle these issues head-on. When an old building exists and it is too costly to upkeep/remodel, unsafe, or not appropriate for the owner's plans, it must be demolished. However, there will be waste as a byproduct of the demolition process. Some of this waste is recyclable. For example, concrete may be used for road making, wood might be refurbished, and metal is often melted down and repurposed. Other waste may not be recycled. In fact, it could be hazardous. A good demolition services company will know how to deal with both types of waste.
Before your demolition can begin, the Los Angeles CA demolition services company will likely assess the building and site to determine the types of waste and whether or not there are any environmental considerations.
Every state and county will have their own rules and regulations for the demolition of a building. Part of these rules will likely include environmental considerations that must be adhered to by the demolition company. Some examples of these may include:
- Has the site ever been used for industrial use?
- Are there any fluid or gas tanks above or below the site?
- Have there been any outstanding orders issued by the city/municipality?
- Are there any PCBs on the site?
- Are there any hazardous materials on the site?
- Has the site ever been used as a dumping ground?
These are only a few questions to consider when demolishing a building in Los Angeles CA. A company might also assess whether or not the following materials are present:
Asbestos - Between 1930 and 1989 asbestos was widely used in buildings. The material is considered to be hazardous whenever it becomes damaged or is broken down (as it would be in a demolition).
Synthetic Material Fiber - Typically used as a reinforcing agent, SMFs are a replacement for asbestos and includes materials such as ceramic fiber and mineral wool. Although not nearly as hazardous as asbestos, SMFs can cause mild health problems.
Lead Paint - Up until the 1970s, high levels of lead carbonate was used in standard house paint. When it is disturbed, chipped away, or becomes airborne, the paint dust can resettle into the flooring, carpet, and soil. The small particles of lead can contribute to lead poisoning, which can cause severe damage to the nervous system.
Mold - Toxic mold is a common problem in older buildings and can cause breathing problems, asthma, and depression. There are hundreds of different types of mold and many varieties that are toxic. Mold can grow any where, but is often found in air conditioning ducts, wallpaper, behind walls, and in insulation.
If any of the aforementioned hazardous materials are found, a professional demolition services company will have the equipment and skill team needed to dispose of it in an effective and safe manner. Rest assured, this will be done within any legal parameter.
If you would like to learn more about demolition services Los Angeles CA clients recommend and how our company removes and disposes of hazardous waste during a demolition, or would like to learn about our eco-friendly recycling, give us a call at Nielsen Environmental today.