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 is a code or by-law upgrade?
A code or by-law upgrade is an upgrade that is made when your home’s pre-loss condition no longer meets legal building codes. Your insurance company may recognize code upgrades in the estimation process. Any questions regarding code upgrades should be directed to your Insurance Adjuster.
Do I need to move out of my home during the restoration process?
Depending on the extent of damage, your insurance representative can help you answer this question. Ultimately, however, this is a decision you must reach on your own. Some things you may want to consider are safety concerns, odours, electricity, and disruption as a result of the equipment, work and noise that may be necessary to complete the restoration process in your home. If vacating your premises during the process, consider forwarding your mail to your temporary residence; stopping your newspaper and other deliveries; notifying your utility company, cable company, etc., of the temporary suspension of services during the restoration process.
Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding
If you have ever experienced flooding in your basement, then you know the heartache and stress it can bring. With all the active weather that can happen in Canada, basement flooding is a growing problem for homeowners, municipalities and insurers