Independent Abatement Clearance Services
This asbestos debris was left in the gardens around a home after a residential abatement. The contractor failed to make the extra effort to put drop cloths down in the areas of shrubs and bushes. The clearance technician hired by the abatement contractor either didn't notice or didn't enforce the improper work practices.
This asbestos floor tile debris was left behind in the dark corners and closets of a residential floor tile abatement project.
Whether you are doing your own work or hiring a professional to do asbestos, mold or lead paint abatement work, its a good idea to get an independent verification inspection and clearance done by an independent environmental inspector. For some types of projects, it is permissible for abatement contractors to self-check their own work and sometimes the abatement company will hire someone to oversee the work and do the air monitoring and clearance inspection. However, since that environmental inspector is contracted directly for the abatement company, they are sometimes reluctant to speak up or "fail" a project for fear of loss of business. In addition, if you do your own work on your house, a contractor or subsequent purchaser may have questions about whether that work caused a hazardous condition. This is why Tri-Tech offers fully independent testing and clearance services to homeowners. Read more below about pre-demo asbestos survey and clearance services.
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Here are two examples of projects I was involved with where asbestos debris was not cleaned up or contained properly. Neither of these firms involved would be considered disreputable "rip and skip" firms. They are typical of most abatement firms that work quickly and don't have an independent second set of eyes to check their work. This minor final clean-up of debris is part of the clearance service that Tri-Tech offers. If more than one bag of debris remains, Tri-Tech would request that the abatement contractor return to properly clean up after themselves:
Q: What exactly does a clearance consist of?
A: A clearance consists of generally two elements. The first step is a visual inspection to look for any visible evidence of debris such as shown at left. The second is to collect air samples (and in rare circumstances bulk or dust samples) as required to demonstrate that the asbestos has been satisfactorily removed and no residual contamination remains. Cleanup practices can be documented for compliance or other purposes by notes and photographs.
Surprising fact: About half of all floor tile abatements I have been involved with where I wasn't involved in oversight or project specification FAILS the first time due to visible debris and/or elevated air sample results!
Tri-Tech provides testing services for what is commonly referred to by flooring installers as a
"Clean Air Certificate."
Abatement Contractor Clearances
Tri-Tech provides asbestos air clearances for abatement contractors. While Tri-Tech remains fully independent, it maintains an abatement contractor referral list for its customers. Tri-Tech's inspection and testing service results in customer requests for referrals. Based on the professionalism and results observed on abatement projects, Tri-Tech maintains a list of the best abatement companies serving the Southeastern Michigan market.
Tri-Tech is a home office-based business and therefore has low overhead and can offer competitive quotes for abatement clearances. As an added bonus, you always deal directly with the owner/operator!
Air sampling following floor tile abatement
Clearance air testing conducted after a homeowner unknowingly removed asbestos linoleum in their kitchen
This asbestos project for a condominium included the entire unit except for the kitchen and bathroom floors. Asbestos floor tile debris was left behind below baseboard, in the corners of closets as well as in plain sight!
Containment barriers typically used for abatement (photocredit: Atlantic Abatement)