Utah and Utah County, in particular, are in a constant state of growth. Because of this, many
commercial and residential buildings are being demolished to make room for new development.
If you are responsible for arranging the demolition of a building, there are certain things that you
need to check for before the demolition can take place.
What is a pre-demolition inspection, and what does it entail
A pre-demolition inspection is an examination of a building scheduled to be demolished. The
assessment aims to identify potential safety hazards and ensure that the demolition will follow
The inspection will typically involve examining the structure's condition, looking for signs of
instability or damage, and assessing the risks posed by asbestos or other hazardous materials.
Once the inspection is complete, a report will be issued detailing any areas of concern.
Corrective measures can be taken if necessary to mitigate the risks before demolition begins.
Why is asbestos removal necessary
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in a variety of products, from
insulation to fireproofing materials.
While it is a practical and durable material, asbestos can be dangerous when damaged or
broken. When asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can can lead to many health
problems, including lung cancer.
As a result, it is essential to have any asbestos-containing materials removed by a qualified
professional. With asbestos removal/testing, not only will this help to protect your health, but it
will also reduce the risk of spreading asbestos fibers to others.
How do you know if your building has asbestos?
A qualified inspector can perform asbestos testing, which will involve taking samples of the
suspected material and sending them to a laboratory for analysis. The test results will tell you if
asbestos is present, and if so, what type of asbestos it is. This information will be important in
deciding how to remove asbestos from your building safely.
What are some of the health risks associated with asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in a variety of products, including
insulation and fireproofing materials.
The tiny fibers of asbestos can become airborne and inhaled, where they can lodge in the lungs
and other organs. Over time, this exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a
rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Asbestosis, another lung disease caused by asbestos exposure, can lead to difficulty breathing,
chest pain, and coughing up blood. These conditions can be challenging to treat and often result
in death. For these reasons, it is vital to be aware of the health risks associated with asbestos
exposure and take steps to avoid it.
Are there any other hazardous materials that need to be removed
When demolishing a building, several hazardous materials need to be removed first. These
include asbestos, lead paint, and mercury. Asbestos is a fibrous material that was once used in
insulation and fireproofing.
It can cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases if inhaled. Lead paint is also dangerous,
especially to children. It can cause learning disabilities, behavior problems, and even death.
Mercury is a heavy metal that can damage the nervous system. It is often found in older
thermometers and fluorescent light bulbs. Before demolition, these and other hazardous
materials must be removed to protect workers and the environment.
Contact Asbestos Abatement Services Utah County for more information about
asbestos removal and other hazardous material abatement services.