When left undisturbed, asbestos won’t harm you. However, if you’re planning any renovations, large or small, you will be releasing these microscopic fibres into the air, which is a cause for concern. Known as “The Hidden Killer”, asbestos is responsible for life-threatening lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
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Before beginning renovations in any building built-in 1991 or earlier, WorkSafe BC requires that homeowners or contractors obtain a hazardous materials survey to identify any asbestos-containing materials (ACM) and their asbestos content. If you only have a small amount of material to remove or just want to know for future reference, you can also start with asbestos sampling.
Although it is not illegal for homeowners to remove their own ACM, it is not usually recommended. There are many precautions that must be taken to ensure that asbestos is removed safely and responsibly. Homeowners are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of anyone entering the premises during or after any work that they do themselves.
Removing asbestos without proper work procedures can end up “dusting” the entire home or building. This is especially a concern with asbestos that is easily disturbed, such as vermiculite insulation. Not only is this a safety hazard, but it can make it a challenge to find companies to complete your renovation.
Reputable contractors will require confirmation that the ACM has been removed according to protocol and that it is now safe for their workers to enter the site. This usually requires professional abatement services. What was initially a plan to save money can, in the long run, end up costing the homeowner more than hiring a professional in the first place—not to mention the project delays, extra hassles and stress.
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I had an offer on a home and the buyers received a quote on renovations. Samples were taken by their contractor and the flooring came back positive for asbestos. Roy’s quote came in quickly and was quite reasonable. They completed it in just 2 days. It was done professionally and was left spotlessly clean. The project was inspected by WorkSafe and was approved. I will be recommending Roy Piper for any future remediation problems, as he is a professional at what he does and is prompt.
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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. Roy Piper possesses his AHERA certification. This means we have been trained in the proper protocols for sample collection. We 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 an environmental lab.
Homeowners are responsible for the safety of any workers on their property. They are also responsible for keeping any disturbed asbestos from entering the air, which could potentially be harmful to the public.
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