In some situations, demolition occurs after a disaster. Since it is usually sudden, people are usually not prepared for what follows. The after-disaster demolition leaves many problems aside. That’s why you need to know them so that you can proceed the right way when it happens. You also need to understand some of the things you need to do afterwards, including decontamination, to ensure that you don’t face the dire consequences of these dangers. Some of these problems have something to do with asbestos and lead, just but to mention a few. So, without further ado, let’s see what such demolitions mean and what’s expected of us.
Problems that Arise From Demolitions
Asbestos is good and harmless unless they are disturbed. Unfortunately, that’s precisely what demolitions do, and that becomes the beginning of the aftermath of this toxic substance. Their concentrations in the environment will increase, especially when the buildings are the old ones. That’s because most of the components of these buildings have the asbestos insulating substance.
The most common culprits are usually roof shingles, exterior siding: ceiling tiles, pipes and other insulations. They are also common in sound-proofing materials, and that’s not the only ones, especially in older buildings. The substances have various effects, including abdominal linings or chest cancers, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Besides asbestos, lead is also common. The list of health problems it brings, especially to children, is long. They are common among older houses that use lead-based paint. Therefore, if the house that demolishes has such materials, you have to proceed with caution. That’s because of these dangers and better safe than sorry at all times.
How to Proceed with Asbestos
First of all, ensure that the disposal of such waste is proper. The first step is to put such materials in leak-proof wrappings. If you dispose of it with trucks, place plastic liners on their bed before placing the asbestos. It is always advisable to wet them so that the toxic materials don’t move into the air. After all, they remain harmless until they are disturbed.
It would be best if you also were careful when transporting the materials. Keep in mind that even a single piece of debris that falls during the transportation is dangerous. You don’t want to be responsible for health issues or even death. Therefore, ensure that you cover the truck throughout the journey.
Last but not least, ensure that you dispose of them in areas that are safe too. The landfill you choose to dispose of it to should be allowed to accept such waste materials. Otherwise, you will be transferring a problem from one place to the other.
As much as after-disaster demolitions are dangerous, the danger continues even with the debris. That’s why you need to e careful when dealing with them. From collection to disposal, avoid leaving any piece behind since it is equally dangerous. Throughout the period, you should also take note of the gear you wear. Alternatively, you can seek the assistance of someone experienced in handling such toxins. You don’t want to make a bad situation worse by exposing them to such substances. Let the experts handle it because they will do it right, and you will be safe at the end of the day.