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Asbestos Abatement Rules and Regulations

Asbestos abatement rules and regulations are changing in 2020 for the state of Colorado. Many contractors, remodelers, and other professionals working in homes may not have heard about these cases yet. But, it’s becoming a pretty big deal across the state, and will likely result in changes to how we all do business. Namely, getting asbestos testing before remodeling work or demolition will become borderline mandatory in all cases, unless you want to risk massive fines. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is holding a stakeholder meeting in April of this year to (hopefully) solidify what is going to happen in Colorado moving forward.

Asbestos Abatement Problems In Colorado

If you haven’t heard yet, here’s basically what happened. A contractor in Colorado began demolition on parts of a homeowner’s property. No asbestos testing was performed. Prior to all this happening, Colorado had in place regulation 8. Regulation 8 stated that asbestos testing must be performed if there is thirty-two square feet of drywall removed from a home. This was regardless of the year of the home, or any other conditions.

Side note: thirty-two square feet isn’t much. Virtually any demolition or even remodel job requires an asbestos test, according to regulation 8. Many contractors and remodelers simply ignore this rule because asbestos testing isn’t inexpensive, takes time, and is burdensome.

The contractor in this case continued demolition despite lacking asbestos testing, and the demolition resulted in a massive asbestos spill. The state found out, got involved, and the whole process became a big point of contention. In court, the contractor claimed that though regulation 8 does require asbestos testing in the event of thirty-two square feet of drywall removal, asbestos abatement rules and regulations don’t specifically state that testing is a duty of the contractor. They claimed that the homeowner is responsible for their own home and should have paid for asbestos testing prior to demolition. Therefore, the contractor claimed, the asbestos spill was the homeowner’s fault and responsibility.

Rules And Regulations Reviews

Upon review of Colorado asbestos abatement rules and regulations, it was found that the law does not specifically state who is responsible for asbestos testing. The law simply states that asbestos testing must take place. Therefore, it was ruled that the contractor was not at fault in this case.

Our guess would be that as these asbestos abatement rules and regulations meetings continue, the state of Colorado will determine that it will in fact be the contractor’s responsibility moving forward to have asbestos testing done. Homeowners hire professionals for their expertise. Most homeowners have probably never heard of regulation 8. They’ve probably never been told that asbestos can be found in popcorn ceilings, joint compounds, adhesives, etc. And they probably don’t know the dangers of asbestos to their family’s health. Just like they don’t know how to do a remodeling project, homeowners rely on professionals to do things right. Therefore, we anticipate that this kind of defense on the part of the contractor in this recent case won’t hold up in the future. But…

Asbestos Abatement Rules And Regulations Infractions

These kinds of issues come up fairly often in Colorado. In 2018, an unlicensed contractor in Littleton, CO failed to perform an asbestos test during the remodel of a family’s home. The spill happened in their kitchen and spread throughout the entire home. As the family learned the dangers of asbestos, they (understandably) panicked. The state of Colorado got involved, and the news covered the whole story. This was an especially bad case since the contractor wasn’t licensed. Which is an entirely additional problem.

Here in Grand Junction, CO, there was a major asbestos spill in apartments off 28 Road. A building rehabilitation project began without asbestos testing. Likely, the contractor wasn’t aware of regulation 8. An anonymous complaint brought the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment onto the scene. A third party performed asbestos testing, and it was found that a major spill had occurred. Asbestos contained in the building’s demolished material had been released into the apartment building’s common areas. This also, of course, caused alarm in the Grand Junction community. Residents of the apartment building were forced to evacuate so asbestos abatement could be performed. And the building’s owners could face substantial fines.

Lack Of Concern For Asbestos Testing And Asbestos Abatement

Talking with general contractors all around Colorado we are often told that they don’t hardly ever have need for asbestos abatement or testing. We are told that asbestos testing companies often hear the same things from contractors around Colorado. It seems that there is a lot of misinformation around Colorado asbestos abatement rules and regulations. The feel we get from most contractors and remodelers is that asbestos abatement is no big deal. People have, after all, been working with asbestos for decades. Yes, there are health risks, they seem to reason, but the chances are just too low to take seriously.

However, the state of Colorado feels differently. Most people aren’t aware of the number of lawsuits that occur on a yearly basis because of mismanagement concerning asbestos. Because of the risks inherent to asbestos, Colorado even keeps a list of enforcement history and regulatory violations for asbestos. Asbestos may not seem like a big deal. All the way up until someone dies, or until a company gets hit with a lawsuit. Health and money seem to bring the importance of a thing to the forefront of peoples’ minds.

Asbestos Abatement in Grand Junction, CO

Our goal is to help the community of Grand Junction, CO, where we’re located. We want to be part of the community’s education on asbestos abatement rules and regulations. Asbestos is a serious matter. People’s lives are truly at stake when it comes to their long-term health and safety. It may seem like an easy or reasonable thing to neglect Colorado’s regulation 8. After all, skipping an asbestos test saves money in the short term. Asbestos testing isn’t really cheap, per se. However, the price of paying large fines should an asbestos spill occur is far more costly.

We believe that with Colorado’s new focus on asbestos rules and regulations the contractor will be held much more accountable for spills and lack of testing. It’s likely that fines will increase, and perhaps state oversight will also increase, helping to ensure that the residents of Colorado are safe.

Our advice is to pay attention to these upcoming stakeholder meetings. We will continue to provide you with updates to asbestos rules and regulations. But if you aren’t regularly testing drywall or popcorn ceiling prior to demolition and remodel, we suggest that you begin to get in the habit!

P.S. Get a free consultation from Encompass Environmental today!

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Contents Cleaning and Restoration

For those of you that didn’t know already, Encompass actually runs two different businesses—Encompass Environmental and Encompass Contents. (You can find a link to the Encompass Contents website here.) Encompass Contents provides the Western Slope with an important service: contents cleaning. But oftentimes, people don’t know what exactly contents cleaning is. Explaining our industry so that everyone can understand it has always been one of our goals—in fact, it’s one of the reasons that we started this blog. That’s why we’ve given you information about things like our hoarding clean up services and meth decontamination in Grand Junction. Contents cleaning is an important service that can come into play in these kinds of clean up and many more. Contents cleaning and restoration is involved in everything from flood clean up to fire damage clean up, which is why it’s so important for us to talk about.

What is Contents Cleaning?

It’s important to define what we mean by contents before we talk about how we clean them. Generally, we classify objects into two categories; hard contents and soft contents. Soft contents are pretty much exactly what they sound like. They include things like clothing, fabrics, and upholstered items. Hard contents, on the other hand, include things like solid surfaces and wood. The distinction between these two kinds of contents is important because you have to clean them in different ways. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as taking all of your damaged contents and throwing them in a washing machine. Restoring your contents to the way they were before a disaster is a complex process that requires the best possible technologies. But now that we’ve talked a little bit about the difference between hard and soft contents, let’s discuss what contents cleaning is.

Contents cleaning is the process of removing stains and contamination from your hard and soft contents. After a fire, for example, your walls or furniture might be stained with smoke. We provide hard contents cleaning services to get rid of this kind of damage. If there’s a sewage leak and some of your clothes get contaminated with it, we provide soft contents cleaning to make sure that they get back to you as good as new. Disasters like fires often leave behind ugly reminders. These can include stains on your walls or horrible odors that refuse to go away. That’s why our contents cleaning process takes care of both. We don’t just focus on making sure everything looks good; it’s our goal to make sure everything gets back to normal. This means making sure your items have no trace of any odors, such as those of smoke, sewage, and more.

Our Contents Cleaning and Restoration Technologies

For soft contents, our Esporta wash system is the best way to remove stains and contamination. This wash system is the most effective and advanced soft contents cleaner available. Whether your clothes or other soft contents have been contaminated with mold, sewage, smoke, blood, or just about anything else, our Esporta wash system can handle it. Unlike many technologies that clean soft contents, the Esporta wash system can handle Category 2 and Category 3 water damage. This means that it can clean dangerous contaminants that other wash systems can’t. In fact, the Esporta wash system can a clean more than 90% of all damaged contents. Many other contents cleaning companies shy away from the worst contaminants or will send your soft contents somewhere else, but Encompass Contents has the technology to clean them in-house. We don’t send your contents anywhere else because we’re capable of cleaning them ourselves.

For hard contents, we use a Fireline ultrasonic cleaner. If, for example, you have important dishware that gets damaged in a fire or a favorite watch that gets contaminated with sewage, our Fireline ultrasonic cleaner can take care of the cleaning process. The ultrasonic cleaning process involves cleaning with water or solvents. The Fireline ultrasonic cleaner uses ultrasound to agitate these fluids, which then are able to better clean your contents than if you were to just scrub the surface with them. This process removes the toughest stains and contaminants from your hard contents. No matter how attached those contaminants are or how deeply they have penetrated into your items, the Fireline ultrasonic cleaner can remove them. By doing so, the Fireline ultrasonic cleaner ensures that there’s no trace of the contaminants left on your hard contents.

Cleaning Electronics

Cleaning electronics is a bit more difficult than cleaning normal hard contents. If you want to save data and make sure that electronics still work after you clean them, you have to be much more careful. Thankfully, Encompass Contents has access to the Fireline ionizer. This technology makes it possible for us to safely and effectively clean electronics without losing your data. Sewage leaks, fires, and other disasters don’t only affect homes, after all. Businesses can stand to lose a lot of important information if a disaster harms their computers and other electronics. This is one of the reasons that having access to cleaners like the Fireline ionizer is so incredibly important for contents cleaning and restoration companies. For more information about our Fireline cleaning technologies, be sure to check out their website here.

At Encompass Contents, we’re proud to have access to the most state-of-the-art technology. In fact, we’re the only company that offers full capability contents cleaning on the Western Slope. This means that we can handle the cleaning that other companies can’t. Whether your home has been damaged by a flood, fire, or more, we can help make sure that you get your items back to the way they were before the disaster. It’s our mission to make sure your life and belongings can return to normal. Contents cleaning and restoration is an important service for any kind of clean up, and we’re proud to be the best at what we do. If you want more information about our contents cleaning capabilities or want to know if we’re able to clean something in particular, be sure to give us a call at (970) 623-0023. We’re always happy to hear from you.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Meth Decontamination Grand Junction

In our last article, we talked about one of the most important services that we provide: asbestos abatement. (If you’re interested in learning about asbestos abatement and why it’s so important, be sure to check out our blog post here.) In this article, we’re going to discuss another one of our important services, and one that’s probably more common than you expect. Encompass Environmental provides meth decontamination services.

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