Tornadoes: The Hidden Danger

When you hear thunder rumbling, it’s not just the rain and lightning you should look out for. Tornadoes form on the leading edge of storm systems, feeding on the combination of cold and warm air. Strong winds begin spinning. This rotation does not always lead to tornadic activity. But if that rotation spirals down and hits the ground, it’s time to take shelter.

No matter how good your insulation is, it cannot save your home from a tornado. Wind speeds can vary from 72 MPH to a top end of 312 MPH. The strongest tornado, known as an EF-5, leaves nothing behind, pulling large framed houses off of their foundations and sweep the ground clean. The average tornado, though, leaves behind damage and rubble, requiring clean-up efforts that can last weeks.

One issue that some people may not consider during the clean-up procedure is asbestos. Any building built in or before 1980 could have asbestos insulation. When one of those buildings is damaged, it knocks the asbestos loose and particles become airborne. Even today, asbestos is used in the manufacturing of floor tiles. And yet, some people will create piles of debris, including insulation from older buildings, and burn it. Wind carries the smoke, which spreads carcinogens for miles.

Removing old asbestos-laced vermiculite insulation is important. However, you can’t just waltz in and start sucking the stuff out. Anyone who removes asbestos from a structure must be trained and accredited by the EPA. There are also state requirements that must be met before you can begin asbestos removal.

Capitol Machine International gladly works with all certified and accredited asbestos removal contractors. We suggest the CV-14 series, with either 4” or 6” intakes, for this task. Learn more about this incredible machine here, and hit us up if you have questions.