Powers Environmental – Remediation Specialists 2018-09-24T21:18:45+00:00
Powers Environmental - Abatement Services

We ensure your living and work spaces are safe from environmental hazards.

  • Identify source of hazards and eliminate safely
  • Abate and remediate if needed

Asbestos Abatement

Asbestos is a very highly toxic mineral fiber that can be found in over 3,000 manufactured building products.  The most common material is insulation, particularly in homes/businesses built prior to 1980. Once referred to as “the miracle mineral,” Asbestos fibers are extremely durable and resistant to heat, fire and chemicals. Exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers is known to cause a life threatening cancer called, mesothelioma, which irreparably damages the lungs and could lead to other cancers.  Many items in your home may contain asbestos and pose minimal risk so long as the asbestos containing item is not deteriorated, remains contained and undisturbed. Before you begin renovation projects, it is advisable to have a professional lab test for asbestos as fibers are undetectable by sight and smell. If you suspect an asbestos “leak” or disturbance in your home, the EPA recommends immediate containment and removal by a professional asbestos abatement company.

Our team of certified experts will:

  • Scope extent of affected area (positive test results assumed)
  • Write estimate for abatement and submit for approval
  • If approved, apply for permit from state
  • Perform abatement under State and Federal guidelines
  • Third ­party post ­abatement clearance (non-negotiable)

Other products historically known to contain asbestos include:

Floor tiles                                  Spray On fireproofing

Ceiling tiles                               Wallboard joint compound

Wall Panels                                Wall and Attic insulation

Boiler insulation                        Asbestos paper & millboard

Electrical Insulation                  Asbestos Cement

Lead Paint Removal

Lead was added to paint many years ago to improve its durability. Although lead was banned from use in household paint in the US in 1978, many homes still contain lead paint which poses the greatest risk to babies and small children. They often ingest paint dust/chips by touching deteriorated lead based surfaces and putting hands in mouths. Often, cleaning and renovation projects stir up lead based dust which if left unabated can result in prolonged exposure which leads to health problems ranging from learning disabilities and seizures in children to high blood pressure, headaches and fatigue in adults.

If you suspect your home or business contains lead paint, the EPA recommends certified testing and professional removal as soon and as safely as possible.

Our team of certified experts will:

  • Scope extent of affected area (positive test results assumed)
  • Write estimate and submit for approval
  • If approved, apply for permit from state
  • Perform removal under State and Federal guidelines
  • Third ­party post lead based clearance (non-negotiable)

Precautions:

  • Wash hands and toys. To help reduce hand-to-mouth transfer of contaminated dust or soil, wash your children’s hands after outdoor play, before eating and at bedtime. Wash their toys regularly.
  • Clean dusty surfaces. Clean your floors with a wet mop and wipe furniture, windowsills and other dusty surfaces with a damp cloth.
  • Remove shoes before entering the house. This will help keep lead-based soil outside.
  • Run cold water. If you have older plumbing containing lead pipes or fittings, run your cold water for at least a minute before using. Don’t use hot tap water to make baby formula or for cooking.
  • Prevent children from playing on soil. Provide them with a sandbox that’s covered when not in use. Plant grass or cover bare soil with mulch.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Regular meals and good nutrition might help lower lead absorption. Children especially need enough calcium, vitamin C and iron in their diets to help keep lead from being absorbed.
  • Keep your home well-maintained. If your home has lead-based paint, check regularly for peeling paint and fix problems promptly. Try not to sand, which generates dust particles that contain lead.
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