Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos abatement is a highly regulated and specialized process. There are many factors involved when dealing with asbestos removal. The procedures become more complicated when asbestos and materials containing asbestos are exposed or disturbed as a result of, renovation, mishap or disaster such as fire or flooding.
At ServiceMaster Restore of Central and North Okanagan, our technicians are qualified and fully trained asbestos removal and abatement professionals.
Our services include asbestos assessments, surveying, air sampling and reporting on materials containing asbestos, including vermiculite and old insulation products. Our technicians will also assess the risks involved in your particular situation and select the most appropriate method of managing the problem. Then they will complete the asbestos removal and abatement procedures in a safe, professional and efficient manner.
Our technicians will use a variety of techniques to complete your inspection and analysis. These techniques could include:
Air Sampling – to indicate if you have an asbestos problem and determine its severity.
Materials Sampling – to determine the source of the airborne asbestos and confirm with independent laboratory analysis if required.
Assessment of Asbestos – sometimes removal isn’t your best option depending on the condition of the asbestos.
IS THERE ASBESTOS IN MY HOME OR BUSINESS?
Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials contained asbestos.
Where You Might Find Asbestos at Home or Work
- Hot water pipe insulation
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Wall and attic insulation
- Textured paint, patching and joint compounds
- Asbestos paper, millboard or cement sheets used around stoves and fireplaces
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Door gaskets in furnaces
What about special items? Artwork, china, heirlooms, etc.
Some high-value items require restoration by specialists. Working with your insurance claim representative, we can help you identify these items and locate a qualified restorer.
Do I need a permit for restoration work?
When required, your ServiceMaster Restore Project Manager will take out the appropriate permit(s) on your behalf, identifying our company as the general contractor. If applicable, permit fees are included in the estimate and may be covered by the insurance company.
Common Causes of Basement Flooding
Since basements are built partially if not fully below ground, they’re prone to flooding. For that reason, a basement flood may occur not only during the rainy season and the spring thaw but at any time of year, even when the conditions are