How to Remove Asbestos from Flooring

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The majority of asbestos-containing vinyl flooring are installed over softwood, hardwood and concrete floors. You might be of the camp that would want to take a big step and remove the flooring to avoid possible contamination. If you’re interested in learning more, here are the steps to get rid of the asbestos. However, only professional asbestos removal contractors are allowed to handle the removal work. The procedure below is what you expect your professional asbestos abatement contractors to follow. All items including furniture, carpets and appliances should be removed from the flooring. Additionally, all HVAC systems should be turned off. It is recommended that at least two removal contractors handle the task. Removal contractors should wear coveralls, respirators, gloves as well as eye protection before commencing the work. Using a marking pen, the removal contractor outlines a segment of flooring for elimination. Given that particleboard lacks the structural strength exhibited by plywood, it is often eliminated in smaller sections. In most cases, contractors look to avoid too much chiselling by making use of seams in the particleboard or plywood underlayment as edges to the segments that are up for removal. When following an underlayment seam, removal contractors employ use utility knives to slice the vinyl flooring rather than using a hammer and chisel. Using a utility knife, the removal contractor makes successive vertical cuts along the previously marked section for removal. Every vertical cut penetrates through the vinyl flooring and into the particleboard or plywood underlayment. As one contractor cuts the removal sections, another contractor should follow, drenching each vertical cut with water in order to wet the exposed asbestos borders. With the use of wrecking bars, the removal contractor proceeds to pry up every cut section of particle board and plywood underlayment with vinyl flooring attached from the sub-floor. When each cut piece is being removed, it should be fully saturated with water to stop the exposure of asbestos fibres in air. The cut sections are then stacked inside asbestos waste disposal bags. Remember, each of these special disposal bags ought to be printed with necessary asbestos warnings. You will several disposal bags for this task. Clean rags should be used to wet wipe the sub-floor off any asbestos debris. Once done, throw the contaminated rags inside the disposal bags. Once the cut pieces have been stacked inside asbestos waste disposal bags, a duct tape is used to tightly seal the...

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2 Common Problems to Expect with a Flat Roof

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are various reasons that would make a homeowner settle for a flat roof. However, in order to fully benefit from the enhanced functionality of the flat roof, you need to ensure that regular maintenance is done and flat roof repairs are undertaken in good time. If you’re wondering what you can do on your own, the article below discusses just a few of the common flat roof repairs that can be done over the weekend. Blisters on a Flat Roof The occurrence of blisters is one of the most common problems to expect with a flat roofing system. When layers of the flat-roof felt are exposed to heat from the sun over a long period, they expand thereby creating the opportunity for air and moisture to penetrate. Once there’s a decrease in temperature, the felts contract back to their original position. Blisters on a flat roof occur when air or moisture is trapped between the felt layers during contraction. If you notice blisters on your flat roof, you should look for a sharp craft knife and use it to cut across the surface of the blister’s top layer, thereby exposing the trapped moisture. You can then use a heat gun to rid the area of any moisture Lastly, you should use a bitumen adhesive to patch up the cut and exposed area of the blister after you’re sure that it’s dry. Cracks & Splits Cracks and splits are also a relatively common problem with flat roofs. Both of these are caused by involuntary movement of the structure of the roof as a result of expansion and contraction. Cracks on a flat roof are easily dealt with through the application of appropriate crack sealants. The sealant is used to fill these cracks so as to prevent them from getting wider or deeper. Splits are even easier to deal with. You will need to lift the split or tear from the roof felts without further damaging the felts. Once lifted, you should clean the area immediately under the split or tear as well as the surrounding area. You should then use bitumen adhesive to fill up any other voids and to stick the lifted split area back into its original position. These are only two among the several problems you can expect with a flat roof. For more details and more of these or other potential problems, contact a local roofing contractor such as Silverleaf Roofing &...

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Blast Rooms Guarantee Increased Business Productivity

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Blast rooms provide plenty of flexibility in comparison to open-air blasting methods. By restricting blasting in an enclosed location, service providers can increase output a lot easily and accomplish more work inside a short period. This article explains how blast rooms can empower a blasting business economically. Room for Expansion With blast rooms, the room for expansion is never restricted. Today, blast rooms are available as stand-alone or detached compartments which means that contractors don’t need to carve blast rooms out of existing limited business premises. Consequently, you can add as many blast rooms as you deem fit to handle surplus work. The unique aspect of this basic application is that you do not need huge spaces to work in. A sandblasting company can incorporate several self-contained blasting rooms in congested spaces. If you require a blasting area with unique requirements, you can rest assured that blast rooms can be customised to meet your specific requirements such as size, temperature as well as mobility.  In-House Blasting Blast rooms provide you the opportunity to do your blasting work in-house and not depend on external blasting companies to do the work on your behalf. For one, you will save the money you would have spent on having the blasting work done by other companies. Secondly, climatic restrictions are no longer an issue. You can blast all round the clock throughout the year, which will translate into higher productivity and accomplished customer deadlines. Thirdly, the controlled setting allows you to handle the blasting work on your own and according to your own set of standards with the end result being high quality blasting work. Additionally, you will be able to transfer the materials from the blast room immediately to the production section thus eliminating the danger of damage or ruin to your materials as often witnessed during transportation from an external blasting area. Diversifying Your Blast Work With the opportunity to expand your blasting rooms also comes the chance to diversify your blasting work by adding various departments for several blasting procedures. Every blast room can be specialised to handle a particular type of blasting work or material. This means more orders for different types of blasting work from many customers, which translates into good profit returns. Blast rooms can propel your blasting work to greater heights in an economic point of view. In respect to the current campaigns about green practices, blast rooms (from Burwell Technologies) fit the bill as part of eco-friendly business...

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