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Classified as a carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute, prolonged exposure to crystalline silica particles may cause serious lung problems, including cancer. That's why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards address the hazards of this type of exposure.
In addition to increased risk of lung cancer, crystalline silica exposure increases risk of:
It's important to note that contracting any of these conditions through tile removal alone is unlikely. OSHA's main concern is over the dangers of prolonged exposure for workers.
Costs vary according to the type of flooring and size of the project. For example, dustless ceramic tile removal starts as low as $2.25 per square foot. Different flooring types and variables may take the price to around $5.00 per square foot.
Although anyone can benefit from the dustless tile removal process, we've found that certain types of clients are more likely to request this service.
Residential customers tend to choose dust free tile removal because they have children, pets, or another family member who is susceptible to lung problems. Typically, this translates as someone who has asthma, allergies, or a similar condition. Residential clients are also more likely to pay for dust-free tile removal when protecting their home's surfaces is a priority.
Commercial customers like healthcare and restaurants will choose dust free for sanitation reasons and cleanliness. We often partner with contractors, including construction and remodeling companies, interior designers, and flooring installers. Businesses for whom a dust-free environment is extremely important are:
Finally, we often work with property managers for both residential and commercial enterprises such as casinos, convention centers, and other resort properties.
Dust free tile removal, also known as dustless tile removal, is the process of removing tile while minimizing the number of harmful particulates that escape into the air thanks to an innovative vacuum attachment on the tile removal tools.
This not only protects the contractor, homeowners, children, and pets from the resultant dust and harmful particulates particularly crystalline silica which has been classified as a carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute.
Dustless tile removal uses specialized tools that hammer, chip, and grind away the tile and underflooring. Simultaneously, vacuum-type attachments capture the harmful particulate matter that is a natural byproduct of the flooring removal process. The result is a work environment that is so clean, we've had homeowners prepare and eat lunch while watching us work.