Portland Asbestos Remediation

Asbestos removal services in Portland, Oregon

Asbestos remediation is a key step to any remodeling or demolition project on houses built prior to 1970. Neglecting to insure a safe project can not only affect workers on site, but friends, neighbors and future buyers. SFW Construction offers full service asbestos remediation, testing, and cleanup in the Portland metro areas.

Crumbling asbestos fibers from material removal and demolition can easily become airborne, potentially causing irreparable respiratory illness. Hazardous materials set off a slew of federal and local regulations, that must be strictly enforced. From air quality testing to proper fiber disposal, SFW construction handles asbestos remediation prudently and properly.

Check out the Oregonian’s video on where asbestos remediation Portland might be needed in your home:

Asbestos Inspections

ahera epa navlapThere is no amount of friable asbestos that is considered safe to inhale. Chrysotile fibers are the most common form of asbestos used in building materials in the continental United States. From the late 1800’s all the way through the 1980’s and beyond asbestos containing building materials, or ACBM, have been used in residential construction. Asbestos was a large part of the industrial revolution and at one point it was used in an enormous amount of construction related products.

At SFW Construction, we perform Asbestos Inspections in Portland Oregon and beyond. Our accredited inspectors can identify suspect building materials and have them analyzed at a DEQ/EPA recognized NVLAP laboratory. Before our asbestos inspectors ever became certified they spent years in the construction industry, working with and recognizing building materials and understanding their function. Because of their extensive construction background, our inspectors have a complete working knowledge of building systems throughout an entire residence or structure. We won’t leave hidden materials undiscovered.asbestos_large

When asbestos-containing materials become pulverized and breakdown during the demolition and renovation process the fibers are released from the stable matrix they have been suspended in and become friable. Friable asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye. Once ingested into the respiratory system they are known to cause lung disease and cancers.

As a contractor, if you perform any work that causes the release of friable asbestos into the environment, or allow workers to be exposed to these fibers, you have created an unsafe work environment. To be in compliance with SB 705, before scheduling any demolition or renovation, you must obtain an asbestos survey from an accredited asbestos inspector.


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Ready to take action? Here are some resources to help you start your asbestos removal project:

Portland Maps: Portland Maps can give you pertinent information about when your home was built, what type of zoning it’s in, and what jurisdiction you reside within.

Portland Department of Environmental Quality: Learn more about how Portland and Oregon DEQ expect homeowners to deal with asbestos removal Portland.

OSHA on Asbestos Remediation: OSHA requires very specific regulation on jobsites. Know what your jobsite should look like.