Frequently Asked Questions

 

How long have you been in business?

Don and Agnes Weaver started this company in 1997. Some of our employees from the beginning are still with us today. 

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Do you have references?

AOC Environmental, Inc. has been in business for 22 years. We have worked various projects with multiple clients. We would be happy to provide references upon request.

How far do you travel for jobs, or what is your service area?

We typically work within our own surrounding areas. We do, however, travel to Ft Sill, OK and Altus, OK.

Do you carry General Liability (GL) and Workers Comp (WC) insurance?

Yes, we do. We would be happy to provide proof of insurance upon request.

Are you looking for new subcontractors or vendors?

Please feel free to submit any information.

Do you use your own employees or sub-contractors?

AOC Environmental, Inc. has a staff of full-time laborers, superintendents, project managers and office personnel. We do hire subcontractors to perform specific tasks, such as plumbers, electricians, etc.

Are you and/or your employees OSHA certified?

Certification documents are available upon request.

What licenses and certifications do you and your employees have?

AOC Environment, Inc. and our employees carry a multitude of certifications and state-issued licenses, where applicable. These are available upon request. 

Do you resurface pools?

We generally do NOT resurface pools. However, our wet blasting process is utilized by pool resurface companies as an efficient and environmentally safe means of removing the old surface of your pool prior to resurfacing. We have worked with a subcontractor on a pool project to resurface a pool at Sheppard Air Force Base.

Are you a licensed General Contractor and/or Abatement contractor?

Yes, AOC Environmental, Inc. is licensed to perform General Contracting work, Asbestos Abatement, Lead Abatement. Our license numbers are listed on our Capabilities Statement and below:

  • General Contractor: #GC5316320
  • Texas Historically Underutilized Business: #1752902529200
  • Asbestos Abatement Contractor: #800615
  • Lead Abatement Contractor: #2110208
  • Hazardous Material Transporter: #400168
What does a general contractor do, and how would I benefit from hiring one?

A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. A general contractor often hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work. General Contractors manage the design, the work, the execution and even the liability of the job for the customer.

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What does a Project manager do, and do I need one?

Essentially, the project manager is accountable for the success or failure of a project. Typical responsibilities of a project manager include: Planning, Executing, and Closing Projects — defining the project, building its comprehensive work plan, and managing to the budget.

I want to hire a well qualified a contractor for my construction project (restaurant, office space, retail store) should I get three bids?

It is not necessary; however, it may be helpful in your decision-making process to have comparable pricing for the work you are looking to have completed. It is also important to note that the lowest bid is not always the best value.

Do you do the actual Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM) testing?

We do not test for asbestos. This is performed by a licensed Inspector, which would be a third party vendor.

Are you only interested in large projects? Or, are you willing to do smaller projects?

AOC Environmental, Inc. is interested in all projects. We are a small business and have performed many small projects to get where we are today. We welcome any involvement on your project, whether it be management, contract execution or general contracting. We can help as little or as much as you need.

What’s the difference between wet media blasting and sand blasting?

Sandblasting and wet abrasive blasting are different because wet blasting uses water whereas sand blasting doesn’t. … Wet abrasive blasting also known as dustless blasting uses three elements being water, air and abrasive to remove contaminants from surface substrates.

What construction services does AOC offer?
  • Environmental Remediation
    • Asbestos Abatement
    • Lead Abatement
    • Mold removal

 

  • General Contracting
  • Project Management
    • Technical Support
    • Administrative Support
    • Construction Quality Control
    • Safety Management.

 

  •  Dustless Blasting
    • Paint stripping and cleaning system that can remove virtually any coating from any surface. … Blast More Efficiently – Dustless Blasters are designed to combine water and abrasive so that you can clean and strip your surfaces while consuming less media per job
What’s the difference between regular fans and industrial type fans?

While both fan types might appear to be the same, there are some major differences between how they are made, how they perform. and cost.

General purpose fans use the least expensive materials and components. They are designed for residential or light duty commercial markets. These fans are used in homes, appliances and small ventilation systems.

Industrial fans are designed with heavier duty materials and components. This allows them to operate longer, supply greater air flow and pressure, and meet more stringent environmental and ambient requirements.

What’s the difference between Hunter Industrial fans and competitor industrial fans?

Hunter Industrial’s high-volume, low-speed fans are 50 percent more efficient than our competitors. This is basically a fancy way of saying our fans move more air but with way less energy (or horsepower for those of you keeping score). This means your HVAC system won’t have to work nearly as hard. (Translation: Lower operating costs and year-round savings.)

  • So, how do our fans deliver on all this efficiency sweet talk? Some basics:
    • More efficient motors
    • Fewer blades for less stress-inducing torque
    • Airfoils designed to reduce drag while improving performance
Are you a licensed General Contractor and/or Abatement contractor?

Yes, AOC Environmental, Inc. is licensed to perform General Contracting work, Asbestos Abatement, Lead Abatement. Our license numbers are listed on our Capabilities Statement and below:

  • General Contractor: #GC5316320
  • Texas Historically Underutilized Business: #1752902529200
  • Asbestos Abatement Contractor: #800615
  • Lead Abatement Contractor: #2110208
  • Hazardous Material Transporter: #400168
Do you do the actual Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM) testing?

We do not test for asbestos. This is performed by a licensed Inspector, which would be a third party vendor.

My neighbor is re-siding and re-roofing his house and there is material all over the ground. Do I need to be worried about asbestos exposure?

Not all house siding or roofing materials contain asbestos. If you are concerned the material might contain asbestos, you can ask your neighbor whether or not the material has been tested for asbestos. Federal regulations regarding renovations or demolitions of asbestos-containing materials do not apply to a homeowner’s renovation of their home. State or local regulations may be applicable if the siding or roofing materials do contain asbestos. Contact your state regulatory agency or local government building department about such requirements.

I found out the cement water pipes leading to my house (business) contain asbestos. What should I do?

If the pipes are damaged, they should be properly repaired or replaced by your water utility.

For more information on asbestos in drinking water visit: https://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/asbestos.cfm

Does dry wall or sheet rock contain asbestos?

There is no way to know whether these materials contain asbestos without having them tested. If you are concerned those materials in your home may contain asbestos and the materials are damaged (frayed, falling apart) or if you are performing a renovation that will disturb the material, consult with a state accredited asbestos assessment/inspection firm.

Since asbestos was banned, do I need to be worried about products on the market today containing asbestos?

On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products in the United States.

In 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a result, most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce for most of the asbestos containing product categories originally covered in the 1989 final rule was overturned. Only the bans on corrugated paper, roll board, commercial paper, specialty paper, and flooring felt and any new uses of asbestos remained banned under the 1989 rule.

Although most asbestos containing products can still legally be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the production and use of asbestos has declined significantly.

Can I take vermiculite insulation out myself?

Federal asbestos regulations do not apply to work that you perform in your own home, but the EPA strongly recommends that you not attempt to remove vermiculite insulation yourself. Instead, the EPA strongly recommends that you hire a properly accredited asbestos contractor if you need to have vermiculite insulation removed from your home.

I have asbestos in my home. Do I need to do anything to protect my health?

Most of the time, no. The common materials used in home construction are floor tile, roofing and siding. These materials are very strong and don’t readily crumble and release the asbestos fibers unless they are subjected to strong forces.

Occasionally other materials such as pipe insulation and thermal insulation, such as batt or blown-in insulation, are used in home construction. If you determine that you have this type of material, through inspection and analysis by a properly qualified inspector and laboratory, you should seek the help of a consultant to aid you in determining what you need to do to remedy your situation. If you never have the need to disturb these materials, you may be able to leave them alone.

But if you know that a needed repair or renovation will disturb the material, you may want to start planning with your consultant to abate the asbestos during the project.

I'm remodeling my home. Do I need to be concerned about asbestos in the building materials?

It’s not possible for you to tell whether a material in your home contains asbestos simply by looking at it. If you suspect a material within your home might contain asbestos (for example floor tile, ceiling tile or old pipe wrap) and the material is damaged (fraying or falling apart) or if you are planning on performing a renovation that would disturb the material, the EPA recommends that you have it sampled by a properly trained and accredited asbestos professional (i.e., inspector). 

I have just purchased a property. Could it contain asbestos?

Asbestos may be part of any commercial or domestic building which was built or refurbished before the year 2000. Asbestos can typically still be found in any of the following:

  • asbestos cement products (pipes, flues, roofs etc)
  • lagging (on pipes and boilers etc)
  • water tanks and toilet cisterns
  • asbestos insulating board (AIB – which closely resembles typical plasterboard)
  • loose asbestos in ceiling and wall cavities
  • sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams / columns
  • textured decorative coatings (commonly referred to as Artex)
  • floor tiles
  • textiles and composites
Is asbestos required to be removed?

Generally, asbestos-containing material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed (by remodeling, for example) will not release asbestos fibers. Asbestos-containing materials may release fibers when they are disturbed, damaged, removed improperly, repaired, cut, torn, sanded, sawed, drilled or scraped.

Are individual homeowners regulated under state laws for asbestos?

Federal and state asbestos regulations typically do not apply to work done in residential buildings having four or fewer dwelling units.However, if a homeowner wants a licensed asbestos contractor to remove materials, make repairs, or renovate or demolish their home, the contractor must comply with all asbestos regulations. 

The regulations do apply to any institutional, commercial, public, or industrial building (including condominiums or individual dwelling units operated as a residential cooperative).

Is asbestos REALLY a hazard, and in what building materials and structures might I or my worker/employees come across it?

YES asbestos can be a hazard.

These are the general groups of asbestos-containing products:

What should I or my workers do if I do come across asbestos containing materials (ACM)?

Generally, you can’t tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labeled. If in doubt, treat the material as if it contains asbestos and leave it alone. A trained and accredited asbestos professional should take samples for analysis, since a professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Taking samples, yourself is not recommended.

When should I be concerned about lead based paint?

Lead-based paint in good condition is usually not harmful. Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems if it’s ingested or if dust containing lead is inhaled. Up until 1978, when federal regulations restricted the use of lead in household paint, lead was a common component in exterior and interior paints.

Where can I go to get more info on the hazards of lead based paints/coatings?
Where can I go to get more info on the hazards of asbestos containing products?

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/asbestos/asbestos-fact-sheet

As the owner of a public accessible building, what responsibilities do I have to my guests and occupants when it comes to hazards such as asbestos and lead based paints?

295.58. Operations: General Requirements for Public Buildings.

It is the responsibility of owners of public buildings or their designated agents to engage persons licensed under the provisions of these sections to perform any asbestos-related activity.

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AOC Environmental. Inc. is a leading complex project solution provider in Environmental Remediation, Construction, and Demolition.  We also offer Asbestos and Lead Abatement services.