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Abatement Services

SHC is the industry leader in abatement throughout the Southwest.  Safe removal of hazardous material, such as asbestos, mold and lead requires special handling and disposals of contaminants.

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Asbestos Abatement

Lurking in the walls and ceilings of older buildings, a silent threat called asbestos awaits. This naturally occurring mineral, once prized for its insulation and fire-resistant properties, has since been revealed as a deadly carcinogen. Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other serious health problems.

At Southwest Hazard Control, we specialize in asbestos abatement and managing the risks. This process involves a series of steps to identify, contain, and remove or encapsulate asbestos-containing materials (ACM) from buildings.

1. Inspection and Testing:

SHC’s  first step is to identify the presence and type of ACM through visual inspection and laboratory testing. Samples of suspect materials are collected and analyzed to determine the asbestos content and potential hazard.

2. Abatement Method:

Once we have determined the extent of the ACM is known, we will develop a plan for its safe removal or encapsulation. This may involve:

  • Removal: This is the most common method, involving careful removal and disposal of ACM by trained professionals in sealed containment.
  • Encapsulation: If removal is impractical or too disruptive, ACM can be sealed with a special coating to prevent fiber release.

3. Air Monitoring and Clearance:

Throughout the abatement process, air quality is monitored to ensure worker and occupant safety. After the work is complete, clearance testing is conducted to confirm that no asbestos fibers remain airborne.

4. Waste Disposal:

Asbestos-containing waste must be disposed of properly at a licensed facility to prevent environmental contamination.

Asbestos abatement is a crucial step in protecting public health and preventing future cases of asbestos-related diseases. If you suspect the presence of ACM in your home or building, it’s important to contact a qualified professional for testing and abatement services. Remember, early detection and proper management are key to minimizing the risks associated with asbestos.

Here are some additional tips for staying safe from asbestos:

  • Avoid disturbing or damaging materials that might contain asbestos.
  • If you must disturb ACM, wet it down first to minimize fiber release.
  • Seal off any areas containing ACM to prevent fiber migration.
  • Do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself. Always hire a qualified professional.

Contact SHC immediately, even if you’re not sure whether it’s asbestos or not.  Out abatement professionals can quickly assess the risk and advise you of the next steps.

Lead Abatement: Protecting Your Home and Family from a Silent Threat

Lead lurks in unexpected places, particularly in older homes built before 1978. This toxic metal, often found in paint, dust, and even soil, poses a serious health risk, especially for young children. Lead exposure can lead to developmental delays, learning problems, and even behavioral issues.

Fortunately, SHC offers a powerful solution to this hidden hazard. It’s a process designed to identify, contain, and eliminate lead sources in homes and buildings, making them safe and healthy for occupants.

Here’s how lead abatement works:

1. Inspection and Testing:

At SHC our first step involves identifying the presence and location of lead-based paint using a special X-ray fluorescence (XRF) gun. This non-destructive test provides immediate results, pinpointing areas requiring further investigation.

2. Risk Assessment:

Based on the inspection findings, our trained specialists will assess the risk of exposure. Factors like paint condition, dust levels, and occupant behavior are considered to determine the necessary abatement approach.

3. Abatement Method:

Several methods exist for lead abatement, each with its advantages and limitations:

  • Encapsulation: A special sealant is applied to trap lead paint, preventing chipping and dust generation.
  • Enclosure: Lead-containing materials are sealed behind walls or ceilings to minimize exposure.
  • Removal: In severe cases, careful removal of lead paint or materials by our team highly trained team may be necessary.

4. Clearance Testing:

After the abatement work is complete, air and dust samples are collected and analyzed to ensure lead levels fall below safe limits. Only after clearance testing is successful can the space be considered safe for occupancy.

Lead abatement is an investment in your family’s health and well-being. By taking proactive measures, you can create a safe and healthy environment for your loved ones, especially children, who are most vulnerable to lead poisoning.

Here are some additional tips for minimizing lead exposure:

  • Wash hands frequently, especially after contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.
  • Keep floors clean and free of dust.
    Use doormats and wipe shoes before entering the house.
  • Avoid tracking dust from contaminated areas to clean areas.

Remember, lead poisoning is preventable. By taking the necessary steps and utilizing lead abatement services, you can ensure your home is a haven for your family’s health and happiness.

If you suspect your home or office may have lead, contact SHC immediately and our trained staff can make an assessment.

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