Asbestos Removal in Washington DC

Expert Asbestos Removal and Abatement Services. 

SanDow Construction is a leader in Asbestos abatement and removal. We are
licensed in the District of Columbia as well as the States of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Connecticut.
Reach out to us for the safe removal of Asbestos from your premises.

Why do you need help?

According to a 2004 report by the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, exposure to Asbestos is one of the major health hazards faced by 1.3 million construction workers in the U.S. Owing to the
serious health hazards caused by Asbestos. The U.S. government had banned the mining of Asbestos in 2002. But because Asbestos is not entirely banned in the U.S., it is being imported and still widely used in the construction industry.

When Asbestos is aged or mishandled, the particles can become airborne. These airborne particles, when inhaled, can reach the linings of the lungs, abdomen & heart. As a result, serious diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma can occur. This is where we can help you with our efficient asbestos abatement procedures.  

If you need Asbestos removal services please reach out to us. We can identify whether your Asbestos needs abatement, removal, repair or encapsulation, and advise accordingly.

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Serious diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma can occur when Asbestos is inhaled.

Our 5 Step process for getting started with
an asbestos removal project:

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Call or Submit a Quote Request.

Once we receive your query, our asbestos abatement professional will contact you for a visual inspection.

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Schedule an Inspection

One of our experienced Asbestos removal experts will visually inspect the area to confirm the presence of Asbestos and also collect the samples of damaged or broken materials from the affected area to be sent to the lab.

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Precision Lab Testing

The samples go to our precision laboratory. At the lab, our technicians will test the samples for the components, constitution, hazard levels for Asbestos.

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Get Your Final Results

With the finals results on the table, we formulate the steps required for site preparation and asbestos abatement. This may include either material encapsulation or complete removal from the affected area, depending on the severity.

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Removal of Hazardous Materials

Our expert team comes on-site to repair, remove, or remediate the site safely, on-time, and on budget. 

The Asbestos Removal Process

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The removal of Asbestos depends on the materials' condition, and the test results we get from the lab. Depending on which, we might recommend encapsulation or abatement.

For instance, if our Asbestos inspector is sure that it is still intact and the lab report supports his findings, we will seal coat the asbestos materials with a sealant to ensure that it doesn't get airborne. Whereas, if our expert and lab results suggest removal, we will send our trained team of asbestos removal professionals.

Based on where the Asbestos need abatement, it can be classified into three categories:

1. Class I asbestos abatement: The abatement work falls into class 1 when the Asbestos is from thermal insulants or surfacing asbestos-containing materials.

2. Class II asbestos abatement: Removal of Asbestos from materials such as wallboards, floor tiles, sheeting,roofing, and siding shingles.

3. Class III asbestos abatement: Repair/removal of Asbestos with a high risk of exposure.

Depending on the risk and level of exposure, our team will seal off the work area with plastic sheeting while maintaining negative air pressure within the worksite. At that time our team will also suggest to you whether you should stay away from the premises or not.

Our 4-step process for safe asbestos abatement includes:

1. Establishing the work area and installing warning signs

2. Disabling the HVAC/Electrical systems

3. Sealing the work area non-movable objects with plastic sheets

4. Installing an alternative power source to maintain negative air pressure inside the worksite

Once the abatement work is complete, our team of experts will decontaminate themselves in a specially designed decontamination unit prior to stepping out into the open.

Our Qualifications

Our licenses and certifications include:
• District of Columbia Asbestos Abatement License
• Maryland Virginia Asbestos Abatement License
• Virginia Asbestos Abatement License
• West Virginia Asbestos Abatement License
• Delaware Asbestos Abatement License

• Connecticut Asbestos Abatement License
• SBA 8a Certification
• Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
• HUBZone Certified

SanDow has a reputation  of being the trusted Asbestos abatement company. Our protocols are well established and are strictly adhered.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a broad term used to define a group of six naturally occurring minerals composed of soft, flexible fibers that are known for their impeccable resistance to heat, fire, electricity, and sound. Their resistance to heat, fire, electricity, and sound has made them an integral part of construction materials since the 1900s.

Though they are widely used, Asbestos is a dangerous substance and has been found to be the leading cause of lung cancer among construction workers in the U.S.

Which is why it is important that you seek the help of professionals for asbestos removal and not do it on your own

Where is Asbestos mainly found in buildings?

Asbestos has remained a popular additive in many building materials, automotive parts, and consumer products since the 1930s. They are currently used in roof shingles and siding, plumbing fixtures, popcorn ceilings, plaster putties, pipes and conduit ducts coverings, vinyl floor tiles, thermal boilers and fireplace, and whatnot.

Some common products where Asbestos is found in buildings are: cement, concrete, floor tiles, roofing tiles, adhesives

When should you reach out to a professional?

As long as Asbestos is left undisturbed, it does not pose any threat. But once they crumble or corrode over time, Asbestos becomes airborne and that's when you should be worried about.

If you are living in Washington D.C. in an old apartment and have any structure showing cracks or signs that it needs repair, you should drop us a line. Our team of asbestos inspectors will come to inspect your place and decide what's the best step to be taken for removal/sealing.

What are the do’s and don'ts?

As said earlier, Asbestos is a deadly carcinogen, and it should only be handled by EPA-licensed asbestos abatement companies. With DIY remodeling projects gaining popularity lately, the risk of asbestos exposure has increased.

If you ever notice a possible threat from Asbestos, you should contact SanDow Construction at the earliest and get it checked.

Meanwhile, here are certain dos and don'ts you should follow until help arrives

  • Limit the activities in the area and keep children away.
  • Don't try to remove any suspicious materials and never look for a DIY. Believe us, it is not worth taking the risk.
  • Do not vacuum or clean the area.
  • If you find crumbled asbestos particles, wear a respirator and carefully wet the particles to prevent them from releasing fibers until help arrives

What do we do with the removed Asbestos?

The abated Asbestos is first wetted before they are packed. They are double packed in specially designed plastic bags with 5mm thickness and sealed in special leak-tight plastic containers. Every container is weighed, and its weight and exposure parameters are marked before they are transported to a designated asbestos burial site. There are a couple of asbestos burial sites in Washington D.C. We will choose the one that is near to your place.

Can Asbestos be recycled?

Yes, Asbestos can be recycled and currently the U.S. Department of Energy has set up plants to transform asbestos products into non-toxic materials. Being a relatively new technology, asbestos recycling is a complex & expensive process to carry out.

To give you a better idea, currently, it will cost three times more than what it would take for safe disposal. So, until asbestos recycling becomes economically viable, the best option is to safely dispose of them.

How much does it cost for asbestos abatement?

The cost of asbestos abatement isn't fixed as it depends on a lot of factors. Our pricing model is depended on:

  • Abatement area
  • Estimated work hours
  • Amount of material to be removed/sealed
  • Type of material
  • Accessibility
  • Location of worksite

These are just the primary factors we take into consideration. For a detailed estimate, you can drop us a line.

Have queries you want us to answer?

No worries, you can reach out to us at 301-332-1446 or drop us a message below. Our abatement expert will get back to you at the earliest!

If you are looking for the most trusted licensed asbestos abatement company in United States look no further.

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