Construction and demolition projects create large amounts of waste that is often composed of hazardous and dangerous materials. In order to handle demolition waste safely, it is essential to hire a professional hauling company that employs trained demolition professionals. These professionals are trained in safe handling methods for demolition waste. Let’s take a closer look at some of the dangers of demolition waste:
Lead Based Paint
Buildings that were constructed before 1978 are likely to contain lead based paint. Exposure to the lead in lead paint can cause serious health problems, including brain damage, damage to other vital organs, and damage to the blood. A trained demolition professional will be able to test for lead, and safely handle materials containing lead.
Mercury Containing Bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs can contain high levels of mercury. When handling broken or compromised fluorescent bulbs, you will be at risk for mercury exposure. Mercury is a neurotoxin, which can cause brain damage and other serious health problems. A professional hauling company will safely dispose of mercury containing bulbs, and will ensure that the mercury stays safely inside the bulb.
The wood used in outdoor construction projects is often treated with chemicals that make it resistant to water and exposure to other natural elements. Two of the common chemical wood treatments, CCA and ACQ, contain arsenic. Exposure to arsenic has been shown to cause skin and lung cancer in people who have been exposed over long periods of time.
To safely handle your demolition or construction waste, contact the professionals at Peninsula Hauling & Demolition. Our team of waste disposal experts is highly trained in the proper handling, disposal, and removal of demolition waste. To hear more about the hauling and demolition services we provide to the San Francisco area, call us at (650) 596 8105