AsbestosAfter a fire eruption during asbestos removal in a high-rise building in New York City, the property faced asbestos contamination on 15 floors. Immediately following the disaster, building management called New York-based restoration company, Total Environmental Restoration Solutions (TERS), and proceeded with fire damage restoration and complete indoor air quality purification with asbestos removal.

After a third-party restoration company attempted asbestos removal, the building’s air filtration system caught fire and polluted particles were released into the air, contaminating 15 floors. Initially, the building’s management planned to shut down all business during restoration. Upon contacting TERS, management learned that shutdown would not be necessary.

The restoration contractor worked with NYC environmental agencies for plan of action approval and ensuring that indoor air quality was well-controlled and safe for building occupants.

To address the fire damage, the building was deodorized and all soot and smoke was removed from the premises using specialized equipment. The asbestos removal involved full evaluation and analysis, comprehensive plan development, and two-day complete decontamination.

“The job was challenging,” said Gary Shaked, TERS President. “But, in the end, the work was complete within 48 hours and the building saved thousands from what my teams were able to salvage during restoration.”

So, how did the asbestos get into the building and spread so quickly? Asbestos was commonly used in materials through the 1970s. A building’s thermal systems may contain asbestos, depending on building age. When the fire ignited, system materials were burned, releasing the asbestos into the air.

“It’s not uncommon for fire or water damage to cause the release of harmful substances into the indoor air,” added Shaked. “You just have to find a restoration company that has experience in handling different aspects of a distressful situation.”