The Dangers of Airborne Crystalline Silica Particles

Crystalline Silica is classified as a carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute. Prolonged exposure to crystalline silica particles may cause serious lung problems, including cancer which is 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:

  • An incurable form of lung fibrosis known as silicosis
  • Chronic respiratory illnesses, such as asthma
  • Reduced lung function
  • Scar tissue in the lungs
  • Serious lung infections, such as tuberculosis

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.

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How Much Does Dust-Free Tile Removal Cost?

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.

Who Benefits from Dust Free Tile Removal?

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:

  • Retirement and assisted living communities
  • Healthcare facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes
  • Restaurants
  • Schools, daycares, and churches

Finally, we often work with property managers for both residential and commercial enterprises such as casinos, convention centers, and other resort properties.

What Is Dust Free Tile Removal?

​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 protects the contractor, homeowners, children, pets, and surrounding area from the resultant dust and harmful particulates. One in particular is called crystalline silica, which is know to be hazardous to your health and has officially been classified as a carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute.

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Methods and Procedures

Dustless tile removal uses specialized tools that hammer, chip, and grind away the tile and underlying thinset mortar. 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.

Do you have a floor removal project and want to learn more about dust-free tile removal?

Call us today for a free quote: 480-545-5748. Or, complete our Estimate Form and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.