Throughout the Denver metro and surrounding areas, there are many homes and commercial buildings that were built prior to 1980 and could potentially contain hazardous building materials such as asbestos, mold, and lead-containing paints. Materials with asbestos and lead paints but are in good repair are not dangerous to the occupants; however, when disaster strikes, these building materials may become disturbed and may then become potentially very dangerous. This is why Jim Black Construction offers mold remediation, asbestos abatement, and lead paint removal services. These dangerous materials may also be EPA and CPDHE-regulated materials which will require proper handling, cleanup, and disposal. In addition, water leaks can be a problem, especially if they go unnoticed for a period of time. High moisture levels can cultivate mold growth and lead to a need for mol remediation. Mold also poses significant health risks to occupants and requires proper removal and cleaning to make the affected areas safe again.
Your home is your safe haven and the place where you're meant to feel the most comfortable, but many older homes harbor environmental hazards you may not even realize are affecting your quality of life and health. Asbestos, lead paint, and mold are unfortunately common in older homes, and they can each pose significant health risks if not handled and removed by a professional.
While many of these might lie dormant in your home and not cause much of a problem at all, environmental damage can disrupt them and make your home a more dangerous place to live. Add in high moisture levels from flooding or intense storms, and problems like mold can grow or worsen.
Jim Black Construction is a team of contractors specializing in environmental damage restoration services for properties in the Denver Metro Area. If you think any of these dangerous materials may be within your home or business, we encourage you to reach out to us to ensure their safe, fast, and complete removal.
Jim Black Construction has spent over 40 years in the industry as a licensed, full-service general contractor. We specialize in restoring residential, multi-family, and commercial properties, and each of our talented team members undergoes special training within our five in-house divisions focusing on various project types. Our services revolve around environmental damage services, including fire, water, hail, sewer, flood, asbestos, and building envelope issues.
Jim Black Construction is available for emergency services as well, able to assist with environmental damage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our field and office teams will work together to establish a plan to complete any job to your total satisfaction. We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for environmental damage services that allows you to avoid calling around and setting up appointments with various contractors.
When disaster strikes, whether it's something as immediate as a house fire or as elusive as asbestos, call Jim Black Construction to get life back on track again.
Before experts knew of the health risks associated with it, builders would use asbestos in homes as a form of insulation. It was also excellent for fortifying fireproof materials like concrete and bricks.
Nevertheless, breathing in asbestos fibers can make you unwell. They’re no longer a common threat in homes built after the 1980s, but even still, you often won't realize you feel sick from asbestos until years later. The latency period for diseases asbestos can cause, primarily asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer, is anywhere from 10 to 40 years, and the more asbestos you breathe in, the more likely you will get severely sick.
With that being said, if you're concerned your home may have asbestos lingering in its walls, take action to protect your and your family's health. The Jim Black Construction team is more than qualified to handle asbestos abatement at any property.
Our highly trained team can identify and diagnose problem areas of your home that may contain asbestos, and we're also a CDPHE-licensed general abatement contractor, meaning we've passed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's requirements for handling and safely removing asbestos from properties in the Denver Metro area.
When you call our team for asbestos abatement and removal, we'll scour every part of the building to uncover any concerning areas. Once we've found asbestos, we can start the removal process. We're capable of removing drywall, floor tiles, drywall, and sheet vinyl at residential properties and can also help remove thermal system insulation and surfacing materials at commercial properties. We're also qualified to assess exterior roofing paper, mastics, siding, and shingles.
No matter the circumstances, we don't leave anything up to chance regarding our asbestos abatement services. None of our projects are complete unless a third-party hygienist first clears them by inspecting our work and ensuring that the asbestos is sufficiently removed.
Mold is similar to asbestos in that it can significantly affect your health without you even realizing it, but one of the main differences between the two is how frequently you'll find mold, even in newer homes.
Although it typically doesn't cause dangerous health problems among healthier individuals, mold can still be a major detriment to your quality of life in that it reduces the air quality in your home and triggers severe allergic reactions, even in individuals who don't usually experience allergies from other sources (like dust or pollen).
Mold loves moisture, so if you think you have a mold problem, there's a good chance that either water damage or a leak has formed somewhere around your home. Mold can grow on virtually any surface imaginable, but the good news is that you can quickly identify mold colonies through both sight and smell. Still, if the colony is in a location you don't ordinarily frequent or can't see, it may still send out spores and impact the air quality in your home or business.
Jim Black Construction knows how frustrating it can be to deal with mold in your home, and we're here to put a stop to it with expert mold remediation services. Our mold mitigation team has over 75 years of combined experience, so there's nothing we haven't seen before. We're also certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, confirming our dedication to continued learning and showcasing our reliability to our Denver customers.
If you suspect your property has a mold problem, we'll start with a general building assessment, checking all potentially affected materials and conducting baseline testing to determine the issue. Our team also has experience properly containing mold during the remediation process using negative air pressure, which ensures that no other part of your home will be affected by its spores during our project.
Like our asbestos abatement services, we aren't satisfied with our work until we get the green light from a third-party hygienist. These unbiased hygienists will confirm your property is mold-free, providing you with peace of mind in knowing that another industry professional has checked it.
Most homes built before 1980 still contain some amount of lead-based paint, and though there are ways to manage it properly, it can become a severe health risk if it deteriorates. Lead's high toxicity means it doesn't take much to experience lead poisoning — which can cause many long-term health issues by damaging vital organs, including the brain, kidneys, and the central nervous system — and younger children are especially vulnerable to defects like learning disabilities, seizures, and behavioral problems.
When lead paint breaks down and mixes in with other particles in your home, it's easy for you and your family to ingest small amounts of it accidentally, and while there are some mitigation tactics out there that you can use to lower your chances of lead poisoning, like mopping floors more frequently and discarding loose paint chips when you see them, the most efficient and surefire way to handle and remove the lead paint in your home is to call upon the professionals at Jim Black Construction.
Having lead paint in your home is a serious situation that requires contractors who take the issues and risks associated with it seriously. With that said, we’re experts in removing both lead-based paint and any other material that contains lead. Even if you're unsure whether your home has lead paint, we can perform cursory testing and analysis to determine our next steps.
We take great care when removing lead paint using shrouded demolition tools, wet methods, and HEPA-filtered vacuuming if necessary. Furthermore, we've received certification from the EPA as a Lead Renovation and Repair firm.
Feeling safe, healthy, and comfortable at home is just a phone call away. Contact the team at Jim Black Construction to learn more about our environmental damage restoration services and schedule an appointment today.