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You must notify the Health Hazards Control Unit of upcoming demo.
According to North Carolina and federal law, you must inspect your property for asbestos prior to demolition, and you must notify the proper department of the presence or absence of asbestos on your property.
In North Carolina, the Health Hazards Control Unit (HHCU) of the Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health, must be informed of any plans to demolish a building, including residential, commercial, or industrial structures.
Notification of impending demolition projects is required by law even if there is no asbestos within the structure.
If there are asbestos-containing materials that can be crumbled or turned to powder by hand, they must be removed prior to demolition. But before beginning asbestos abatement, owners or contractors must submit an asbestos removal permit to the HHCU (if the removal involves more than 35 cubic ft., 160 sq. ft., or 260 linear ft.).
Asbestos-containing materials must be properly disposed of.
When having asbestos-containing materials removed, make sure it’s handled by a North Carolina-accredited asbestos professional.
Having asbestos removed properly is imperative to maintaining a safe environment. There are health concerns surrounding asbestos fibers, so follow these asbestos do’s and don’ts.
Think about deconstructing before demolishing.
Deconstruction is an excellent way to help keep some money in your pocket and useable materials out of the landfills. Before demolishing your home or other structure to the ground, consider dismantling any salvageable materials first.
This will minimize the debris and save you money. It could also help your neighbors if you donate the salvageable items to a local charity, like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores.
Remember to ask your contractor about debris disposal.
Although demolition contractors will often handle debris disposal, not all of them do. So when shopping around for contractors, this should be something you ask them. One contractor may include the cost of hauling in their quote, while another may not. If they don’t, this is an additional expense you will have to consider.
Renting a dumpster is the most convenient way to manage debris if your demolition contractor isn’t responsible for it.
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