A Beginner’s Guide To Asbestos Removal Projects

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People may be exposed to asbestos in their workplaces, communities, or homes. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time.

To help people understand the importance of having the material handled only by a trained professional, Power Environmental/Power Vac Services has put together a Beginner’s Guide to safe asbestos removal.

Getting started

Understand asbestos contamination

Asbestos is a designated substance with significant regulatory requirements, both for removal and disposal. When looking to start a renovation project, it is essential to determine all of the materials that have asbestos prior to starting. This requires laboratory analysis of suspect materials such as plaster, older drywall, vinyl flooring, vermiculite insulation, etc. Some materials can be assumed to contain asbestos as they generally always contain asbestos. These are things like certain pipe insulation and material on older ductwork.

Get professional assistance

Because the process of asbestos abatement is complex, it is vital to start with an asbestos survey done by a consulting firm to determine the extent of the asbestos material. Determine the correct procedure for removal according to Ontario Regulation 278/05 - Designated Substance - Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations. 

Next step

Hire an experienced asbestos removal contractor with WSIB and Asbestos or Pollution Liability Insurance. They should be willing to provide proof of those and proper documentation for worker training/licensing and disposal documentation. Reputation and quality also count. Price should not be the only consideration for the removal of hazardous material such as asbestos, as it can have long-term, lasting health effects.

Advice From The Pros

Asbestos material should never be removed by a homeowner or by a general contractor that does not have proper training and insurance. If a general contractor is going to do this work on their own, they must have all of the same qualifications and insurance that an asbestos removal contractor requires. Take time to meet with the asbestos removal contractor to get a good feeling for the quality of work they do and the extent of their knowledge and experience. Additionally, research the regulatory requirements and hire seasoned professionals.

After Your Renovation Project

For the cleanest property after your renovation, hire an experienced duct cleaning and general vacuuming company in Hamilton, Ontario, reach out to Power Environmental/Power Vac Services. We service residential locations as well as commercial and institutional locations.

Power Environmental/Power Vac services offers Duct Cleaning, ICI General Vacuuming/Specialty Cleaning, Vermiculite Removal, Mold Remediation, Asbestos Abatement, Lead Removal, and Guano/Animal Contaminant Removal. We are here to look after your need for clean and safe air to breathe!

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