Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined from rock. It has been called a "miracle fiber" because it is resistant to chemicals and heat, and has amazing strength and insulating properties. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that asbestos is extremely harmful when the fibers are inhaled. Asbestos fibers can be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during demolition, renovation work, maintenance, repair, or remodeling. As long as the asbestos material is intact and in good condition the exposure is minimal. Asbestos is most commonly found in flooring and pipe insulation in houses built prior to the 1980s, but that is certainly not a hard and fast rule. As it was used so widely, asbestos can be found in a host of other applications and building materials, even some materials that are still sold today.
MCE recently completed a project that involved the complete demolition of the interior walls and ceilings in a residential structure. The sheetrock and joint compound used in the construction of the home contained asbestos. MCE was able to successfully complete the abatement of over 3,500 square feet of material in less than one week.
We are also actively working on a project removing a 16-inch sewer main. The pipe is made from transite, which is a mixture of asbestos and cement. This project involves the complete replacement of the sewer main running down the street in a local city. Once the street is excavated, MCE crews must safely remove the pipe with the assistance of an excavator. In order to ensure proper disposal, MCE crews wrap the pipe and remove each section. We will remove a total of 330 feet of pipe to make way for the new piping.
Recently during the construction of a parking lot for a new bank, the contractor noticed that the piles of excavated soil contained some building materials. Samples were taken and it was determined that the contaminants included asbestos floor tiles and transite siding. The client has tasked MCE with removing over 900 tons of soil that is contaminated with asbestos materials. Ultimately, MCE will remove all of the excavated soil and dispose of it as asbestos waste.
What should you do if you suspect asbestos in your home, office, or project site? MCE can help!
Did you know that we have an asbestos inspector on staff who can take samples, to determine if asbestos is present? MCE is a licensed asbestos contractor in multiple states throughout the Northeast. We have a full staff of highly trained professionals who can properly remove asbestos from homes, commercial buildings, industrial sites, or any place else you might find it.
MCE has completed hundreds of asbestos projects including small residential jobs, large retail abatements, and commercial tile and mastic removals. We have also excavated thousands of tons of asbestos contaminated soils for disposal.
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