Controlling dust at the jobsite.
A good dust control strategy is essential to being a professional contractor and keeping your customer happy throughout a construction project.
I’ve learned early on that learning how to control remodeling dust by keeping it out of the air and non-remodeled portion of your clients home is often more important than the quality of your work.
There is nothing worse than having to spend an hour or more cleaning the job site after a sanding, cutting or drilling application created airborne dust. Worse yet is to have to pay for a professional to clean the site because the airborne dust you created stetted everywhere in the house.
Dust inhalation can cause occupational asthma, silicosis, cancer and other debilitating respiratory diseases. When cutting masonry and concrete, it is vital to take precautions to protect yourself against the silica in those products.
I’ve written several articles on best practices to control remodeling dust. One of those practices is to capture dust at the source using dust extractor vacuums. This means using a quality tool-activated HEPA vacuum to suck up the dust at the source, as it is created.
Capture dust at the source in two ways:
- Have a helper hold a HEPA vacuum at the tool making the dust, or;
- Use a tool activated vacuum and a dust extractor hood that attaches to the tool and captures the dust during the cutting or drilling application.
Dust Extraction At The Job Site
Dust control and dust extraction shouldn’t be an after-thought and should be incorporated into your operations to maximize your work along many dust-controlling practices.
If you take the time to tool-up properly and set-up your construction site for dust extraction and control you will enjoy the following benefits:
- Save time and money with your clean up time
- Increase your production and efficiency
- Improve your work site air quality, less air pollution
- Professional approach to your work, impress your customers
- A clean and safe working environment
- Compliance with laws and regulations
- Improved quality of the finished product