Warning to those reading this article ⚠️ The term “virtually dust free tile removal” has been around for years now, and many people are still confused, is there dust, or is there not dust?
Watch the video below to see exactly what virtually dust free actually looks like when a competitors system is used on flooring removal:
Preface to Virtually Dust Free Flooring Removal
In 2008, Jack King of Arizona Home Floors in Tempe, Arizona began developing a system of tile tools, which has become the DustRam System, which is used for dustless removal of all types of flooring including, tile, thinset, wood, and stone.
In the early years of testing his equipment, Jack King himself used the term “virtually dust free” because the system had not yet been perfected, but after several generations and patents being issued, it’s now dust free.
This term is still used by different companies who do not have the ability to do this type of work dust free.
After several generations of DustRam Systems were developed and patented, King finally was able to create a truly dust free system, and the word virtually was dropped completely.
Some of the old YouTube videos by Jack King have the word virtually still remaining in the video, however, those were older generations of DustRams and now it truly is dust free.
Every part of the flooring removal process is designed to capture the dust at the source so that it cannot go airborne.
There are new OSHA rules on silica dust exposure that homeowners need to be aware of.
Silica dust is a dangerous type of dust (not like drywall dust or dust accumulated from long periods of time) and silica dust can cause lung cancer, among other things.
What are the hazards of crystalline silica?
Silica direct exposure continues to be a major hazard to almost 2 million U.S. workers, consisting of more than 100,000 workers in high threat jobs such as rough blasting, foundry job, stonecutting, rock exploration, quarry work as well as tunneling.
The seriousness of the carcinogen associated with silica direct exposure is demonstrated by the casualties and also disabling diseases that continue to occur in sandblasters as well as rock drillers. Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen.
In addition, breathing crystalline silica dust could create silicosis, which in severe situations can be disabling, and even fatal.
The respirable silica dust enters the lungs as well as causes the development of mark tissue, thus minimizing the lungs’ capacity to take in oxygen.
There is no cure for silicosis. Since silicosis impacts lung function, it makes one even more prone to lung infections like tuberculosis. In addition, smoking cigarettes triggers lung damage and also contributes to the damage brought on by taking a breath of silica dirt.
By checking the DustRam® Contractor Map, consumers can see who has been trained and certified as an authorized DustRam® contractor. All will have complete patented DustRam® Systems with over 250+ components. A homeowner or general contractor who hires a company for quality flooring removal for health, efficiency, and overall cost value deserves to get their monies worth.
Here is a link to a video showing how even the design of the DustRam is superior to other flooring removal tools:
If your flooring store, flooring installer, or floor removal company is NOT using this system, then you can expect your customer’s home to be filled with dust when any tile or thinset is removed.
Here is a video comparing traditional flooring removal versus dust free:
Learn more about the difference between traditional tile floor removal and what our system does by reading our article here:
Here is a video of our system in action in our hometown of Tempe, Arizona. Notice how the homeowner is able to stand around without a mask and watch as the crew removes the tile dust free. She is in no danger as the equipment captures the dust at the ground, at the source, before it can go airborne and contaminate her home. The homeowner, as a precaution, already had covered some of her furniture in the carpeted area, but it was not necessary as there was no dust. Her testimonial is on the video as well.
The bottom line of this article is to let the consumer know, and this means either the homeowner, the contractor or the interior designer know, that virtually dust free removal of floor tile is really misleading, so please choose your flooring contractor carefully to ensure that they are using a certified DustRam Contractor. You may also call the Arizona DustRam headquarters at (480) 428-3880.