Abide performs the removal of building materials (such as caulk and paint), equipment, and impacted media such as soil containing harmful polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were used in many buildings, including schools, in the 1950s through the 1970s. Caulk is a flexible material used to seal gaps to make windows, door frames, masonry and joints in buildings and other structures watertight or airtight. At one time caulk was manufactured to contain PCBs because PCBs imparted flexibility.
Caulk containing PCBs at levels > 50 ppm is not authorized for use under the PCB regulations and must be removed. Caulk containing PCBs at levels < 50 ppm may remain in place. PCBs in caulk are known to contaminate adjacent building material (e.g., masonry, wood, concrete) and soil surrounding the building. Any surrounding building material that is contaminated by > 50 ppm PCB-containing caulk, is considered PCB bulk product waste if the caulk is still attached to the building materials so may all be disposed of.
Many old lighting systems contain ballasts were also manufactured with PCBs. These PCBs can get into the air if the ballast fails or ruptures. Replacement of old lighting systems with new, energy efficient systems will eliminate a potential source of PCBs.
Abide Environmental Contracting provides PCB Removal Services for Western Massachusetts home owners and commercial properties in cities like Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Somers, Enfield, Suffield, Holyoke, Agawam, Southwick and more.