Did you know that up until 1990 asbestos was added to drywall mud? Asbestos can be found in many building materials. You will find it sheet vinyl flooring, vinyl tile flooring, textured ceilings, vent wrap, and vermiculite insulation. If you are buying or selling a home you will want to read this article.
Asbestos was commonly used as it had many benefits. It is fire retardant, provides good sound proofing and helps bind materials. Asbestos is now known as the hidden killer and the number of people in Canada with asbestos-related illness is considered to be of epidemic proportions. This 7 part Globe & Mail article is worth the read. Asbestos is currently the #1 workplace killer in BC. For more information go to the hidden killer website.
If you don’t touch asbestos it won’t hurt you. However if you are planning on doing any renovations or demolishing a structure you will release these fine, dangerous fibres. The microscopic fibres embed in your lungs and over time can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. In BC it is required that homeowners or their contractor identify the location of any asbestos-containing material before commencing renovations in homes built before 1991.
Home SOULutions Remediation Ltd. offers professional asbestos abatement services. Call us for a quote on removal. Our staff will come to your site and answer any questions your have. We will provide you with a competitive and timely quotation. Contact Us.
It is not illegal for homeowners to remove asbestos-containing building material themselves however, its is simply not advisable. Read more on this.
Read More About Asbestos Testing
Asbestos fibres are too small to see with the naked eye. The only way to be sure if asbestos is present is to have the materials tested.
Home SOULutions Remediation will be pleased to come and collect samples of material for you if you are doing a small renovation project such as removing a wall or some flooring - or if you have vermiculite insulation in your attic. Both Roy Piper and Len Steves possess their AHERA certification. This means they have been trained in the proper protocols for sample collection. They will take these samples to the lab for you and have them tested. The amount of samples needed for collection and your timeline for results will determine the cost for this service.
If you are conducting a large-scale renovation project or planning a demolition we recommend that you have a complete hazardous materials survey conducted directly by the environmental lab. We suggest you contact:
- Bastion Environmental, (Parksville to Ladysmith and South), Steve: 250-667-2531
- Tsolum & Tsable Environmental, (Qualicum to Campbell River and North), Gillian or Rob, 250-871-8638
- Campbell River
- Quadra Island
- Denman Island
- Hornby Island
- Powell River