We are a full service, one-stop-shop abatement company. We can help in every step of the process from taking samples, getting them tested, performing the abatement if necessary, and providing clearance.
Commercial vs. Residential
Is your job commercial or residential? Anything other than a single dwelling residence is considered commercial. According to industry regulations, the process is the same for commercial and residential jobs. The primary difference from an abatement perspective mainly has to do with the permitting required to do the job.
Click on FAQ & Resources to reach the “Other Resources” link for information on permitting schedules and the regulating agencies to which we report.
Construction Contractors' Responsibilities
Disturbing asbestos materials during construction is a serious hazard that all contractors may encounter. Before bidding or starting any construction work, you are required to obtain a written asbestos report from the building owner or owner’s agent. The report must be based on a survey by an AHERA certified building inspector, unless the building owner assumes materials in the structure are asbestos or has other convincing documents showing asbestos is not present in the work area. A building owner may know asbestos has been removed during prior work or that a new building has been constructed using materials certified to be asbestos free. If you discover suspect asbestos materials, you must report them to the building owner within 24 hours. Asbestos materials may be found in enclosed structures or between other materials, where they are not accessible before work.
Building Owners' Responsibilities
Certain building materials are presumed to contain asbestos until an inspection is conducted. These materials are surfacing materials (trowel or spray applied surface treatments), thermal system insulation (on pipes, tanks and boilers), and flooring materials. This applies to materials in buildings constructed before 1981. An AHERA certified building inspector must conduct any assessment of presumed asbestos materials or any other suspected asbestos materials before they may be handled as non-asbestos materials. An assessment is not needed if a material is assumed to contain asbestos and handled as asbestos. Manufacturer or construction records may be used if the lack of asbestos content was documented when the material was installed. Previous surveys and abatement records may also be used, if they cover the current work area. Inspections must cover any material you expect to be contacted or disturbed during work. Materials in other areas of the building or those that will remain inaccessible during work do not need to be assessed. You must provide a written report of the inspection findings to any contractor working in your building. You must also give your employees and other employers working in the building access to the report and warn them of any materials that may be a hazard.
State law specifies a minimum $250 per day fine for failure to obtain the asbestos report. This fine can be applied to both the contractor and building owner. Additional fines may be applied if workers are exposed to airborne asbestos.
Sampling & Good Faith Surveys
Fact: there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure. Therefore, there are state & federal laws regarding the possible disturbance of in-place building materials during building or home repair, renovations and demolition projects that require homeowners and building owners to conduct, or have conducted a Good Faith Survey for Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM), or Presumed Asbestos Containing Materials (PACM) prior to the start of any of these activities. The Good Faith Survey must be conducted by an AHERA certified building inspector. Based on regulations, a survey needs to be included as part of the demolition permit application. If there is ACM found in the structure, it will need to be removed before the renovation or demolition activities can occur and before a demolition permit will be considered. Tacoma Abatement Company employees are AHERA certified building inspectors and we can assist you with the Good Faith Survey. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a Good faith Survey, or even if you don’t need a full survey, but just need a couple of samples taken.
Asbestos has been widely used in many building products because of its tensile strength and chemical and thermal resistance. However, asbestos is extremely hazardous to workers handling it and to others in the area when it gets into the air and is inhaled. Asbestos is a carcinogen that causes lung cancer and mesothelioma.
We provide both abatement and encapsulation services. Abatement is defined as the ending, reduction, or lessening of something. Read below to learn about the abatement process.
Asbestos encapsulation is the process of coating the asbestos with a sealant which penetrates the asbestos, hardening the fibers and preventing the release of asbestos dust.
If a certified building inspector recommends abatement for your building, the team at Tacoma Abatement Company will work with you to schedule the procedure and ensure that the abatement process goes as efficiently as possible in order to minimize disruption to your life.
The Asbestos Abatement Process: The abatement process consists of a number of steps, all of which are essential to ensure the continued safety of anyone in your building.
● First, moveable objects are removed from the work area and then our team installs plastic sheeting on walls and floors to isolate the work area. This is known as containment or enclosure.
● After the area has been contained, all contaminated material are dampened and removed. In some instances, a decontamination unit with a working shower is set up for workers to use when entering or exiting the work area.
● All of the removed materials are placed in containers and taken away from the worksite.
● After all asbestos containing materials have been removed, all surfaces inside the containment will be wiped down and cleaned.
● Lastly, your building will be tested to ensure that all contaminants are gone by using both a visual inspection method as well as an air sample.
● Once the test indicates that abatement was successful, all equipment and containment barriers will be removed from your building.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule your abatement project.
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. Lead exposure can affect practically every system in the human body and can include abdominal and joint pain, gastrointestinal upset, and learning and developmental disabilities.
If your home was built before 1978, have your home tested for lead by a qualified professional and learn about potential lead hazards. Fix any hazards that you may have.
Tacoma Abatement Company, LLC can perform lead stabilization services on small projects, and we can remove materials that contain lead-based paint. We can also take samples and have them tested at an accredited laboratory.
Lead paint stabilization is a method of interim control. Unlike lead paint abatement, stabilization is meant to temporarily reduce exposure to hazards. Common methods of stabilization include: Repairing physical defects that cause paint deterioration. Removing loose paint and other material from surfaces containing lead paint. Applying new paint or protective coatings. Stabilization is generally favored over permanent abatement when the lead paint-containing surfaces are intact and the building is structurally sound. Stabilization is also commonly used when permanent abatement is not financially possible.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule your project.
Tacoma Abatement Company, LLC has the manpower to handle all demolition projects, to include removal and proper disposal of the material. We offer commercial and residential demolition services of all non asbestos containing materials as well as debris removal and site cleanup.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule your project.