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Most-Asked Questions About Environmental Services

Clients who need our environmental services tend to ask the same questions: about our safety, our abilities, and our processes. Here are some of the questions that we get asked most frequently by clients or potential clients.

Do I need a demolition company if I don’t want my building destroyed?

Demolition is a much more diverse process than only the complete destruction of buildings. Many demolition projects include instances where only portions of a structure are being demolished.
See our work with Jack Daniels Distillery where we utilized selective structural demolition to accommodate their needs.

Is demolition a regulated industry?

Demolition contractors are some of the most regulated construction industry professionals. Often, demolition contractors handle hazardous materials and toxic substances, which means there are several specific municipal, state, and federal environmental regulations by which we must abide. Many states have their own health & safety rules, and the Federal Government’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926) contains a specific section on demolition operations. EAI is state and federally compliant in all areas of our work. Safety is our number one priority.

What are the different types of demolition?

Demolition is the umbrella term for the dismantling of structures or parts of structures. Some examples of the types of demolition include:

  • Structural Demolition– This means demolishing both large and small structures entirely. It also includes removal of all footings and foundations and disposal of all debris.
  • Selective Demolition– As mentioned previously, selective demolition can consist of the removal of a room, or part of a building without disturbing the surrounding structure. This type of project requires highly skilled professionals with attention to detail- a realm in which EAI excels.
  • Interior Demolition– EAI’s demolition personnel have worked on a variety of interior demolition projects. This kind of demolition can range from the simple removal of a single architectural piece to complete gutting of mechanical, plumbing, and electrical fixtures.

How do I know if I have asbestos in my home (in floor tile, ceiling tile, shingles, siding, etc.)?

The only way to be sure whether a material contains asbestos is to have it tested by a qualified laboratory. The EPA only recommends testing suspect materials if they are damaged (fraying, crumbling) or if you are planning a renovation that would disturb the suspect material. A properly trained and accredited asbestos professional (inspector) should take samples. EAI’s role in asbestos services is only removal, not testing.

What are the health risks if I have asbestos in my home, building, apartment, or school?

If you live or work in an older building, it is likely that asbestos is present, but this doesn’t automatically put you at risk. Asbestos that is left undisturbed is unlikely to present a health risk. Complications from asbestos occur when it is damaged, and the asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled, often causing asbestosis.

Why do I need to survey my commercial building before renovations?

Quite simply, a building condition survey provides a clear understanding of the current condition of the structure and operating systems for anyone who has a vested interest in the building. Reviewing and documenting the occurrence of inferior or cracked walls, sloping floors, and precarious structural elements are just some of the issues that will alert building owners to possible problems. These surveys can often point to more significant structural problems with the asset.

Because of the asbestos ban, is there any reason to worry about asbestos-containing materials in my home?

The short answer: yes.

The longer answer: On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a rule banning most asbestos-containing products in the United States. In 1991, the law was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Only the bans on corrugated paper, rollboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, and flooring felt and any new uses of asbestos remained banned under the 1989 rule.

Although most asbestos-containing products can still legally be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the production and use of asbestos have declined significantly.

EAI has an entire article on the History of Asbestos, which provides in-depth information on this particular subject. Learn more here>>

Is concrete cutting messy?

It is, and it’s also noisy when using traditional concrete cutting methods. However, EAI will take every measure to reduce and minimize the mess and noise as per your project’s requirements.
We also offer a specialized method of concrete cutting that provides neat and clean cuts that are precise and cause no structural damage. These hydraulic driven tools produce zero emissions, meaning no fumes or smoke.

How deep can you drill into concrete?

Wire sawing is a method of cutting concrete with diamond wire stretched through a system of pulleys. We offer wire sawing on projects where the concrete is too thick or oddly shaped to allow for wall sawing. With wire sawing, there is no limit to the depth of concrete we can cut.

What about your wall sawing capabilities?

Our wall saws are remote control operated and capable of cutting concrete up to 24” thick. We also employ the use of finishing tools, such as chainsaws, when cutting door and window openings to prevent over cuts in the corners.

Have any outstanding questions about EAI’s services or process? Let us know; we’d be happy to go over any project with you and provide you with more information.