Any remodeling project on a home built before 1978 requires special certification and specific practices to contain asbestos and lead-based paint. Add to this the fact that we strive to keep our clients’ homes dust free during remodeling projects and you’ll see why McBride Construction takes the containment of dust seriously. In fact, McBride Construction has been professionally containing dust during our remodeling projects for years – well before it was required.
“At one point we thought that dust was just part of what we do and that we would clean it up when we were done. We have clients, however, with allergies to air-born particles and they would dread remodeling because of the construction dust. As a result, we started using dust control to keep clients’ homes clean. If you toss a teaspoon of dust in the air it will contaminate an entire level of a home! A little dust goes a long way. Today we still create dust, it’s difficult not to, but we no longer allow it outside of the work area. Keeping the dirt in, and the clean space clean, actually save our clients money and ultimately makes them very happy.”
– George Bommarito, McBride Construction, Inc. former Production Manager
There are a number of contaminants released into the air during construction and remodeling. One of the most common contaminants, lead, is extremely dangerous to small children and the elderly. It is important for lead to be handled by trained professionals. It would be easy to unknowingly harm someone and often times the damage does not surface for years. Another contaminant, asbestos, can remain airborne in a home for months. Once ingested, asbestos cannot be expelled and causes soft tissue damage to the lungs.
Here are some steps McBride Construction takes to keep our building sites dust free:
• Lead Abatement
Each member of our team is Lead Safe certified. We are skilled at testing for lead and have the skill set on how to remove and dispose of it without harming our clients or the environment.
• Asbestos Abatement
McBride Construction team members are trained to recognize the many different types of asbestos and are specialized in the dos and don’ts of handling and disposing of the materials.
• Utilization of HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters:
The filter must satisfy certain standards of efficiency such as those set by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). To qualify as HEPA by US government standards, an air filter must remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometre from the air that passes through.
• Negative Pressure Containment
We keep airborne contaminants in the room from escaping to the rest of the house by creating negative pressure so that when a door is opened the outside air will enter the room and keep any air and dust from escaping from the room.
• Statically Charged Plastic
The plastic that we use on our construction sites is actually statically charged and wicks dirt out of the air. We also use recyclable plastic to keep our impact on the environment to a minimum.