If you have discovered asbestos or vermiculite at your residential or commercial property, don’t panic – our trained technicians will provide the information you need to make an informed decision.
Our skilled staff and specialized equipment – such as our HEPA-filtered VecLoader – can handle any size of residential or commercial asbestos removal and disposal project.
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From Victoria to Campbell River, our HAZMAT team offers an efficient and economical solution for all of your asbestos abatement needs. Contact us for an assessment and information on what to do next.
Buying or selling property containing asbestos? Worried that the deal may not go through? Our team is experienced in working with property buyers and sellers to ensure the project is taken care of safely and on time. More...
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NOTE Depending on your situation, the following steps may be done in a different order (or not at all).
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NOTE These steps are provided as guidelines only, and may not apply to every scenario. Safety is always the #1 priority.
Asbestos fibres are strong, durable, and non-combustable – three traits that lead to asbestos being used extensively in building construction from the 1920s–90s. Unfortunately, it has since been learned that if these microscopic fibres become airborne, they could be inhaled into the lungs and cause serious health problems.
Only a professional can properly assess and safely remediate any asbestos-containing materials. Attempting to remove asbestos without taking proper precautions can subject you to serious health (and liability) risks, and should not be attempted.
Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is airborne. If you are aware of the presence of asbestos in your home or business, avoid doing any maintenance or renovations that may cause the fibres to become airborne. This includes cutting drywall, drilling into walls, or other similar construction projects.
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Removal By Hand
Using Our VecLoader
By using our HEPA-filtered Hurricane 500 VecLoader to cut the duration of your job, we reduce the disruption in your home and lower the cost of the project. Our ability to undertake and complete jobs quickly and efficiently is particularly helpful during home sales and renovations.
Less Time On-Site = Reduced Costs
Regardless of the size of your commercial asbestos abatement project, our team is standing by, ready to work. Accompanied with specialized equipment, our skilled and careful crew will place top priorities on high levels of safety, reduced time on-site, and lower overall costs.
During a major renovation project at a big-box retailer in Nanaimo, our crew efficiently removed over 20,000 square feet of flooring by working a mix of day and evening shifts. By allowing other trades to have access during regular hours, the flexibility we provided by working unconventional shifts compressed the overall project timeline and saved the client money.
ProPacific is known to regularly go above and beyond for clients. In order to minimize down-time at a Nanaimo retail store, our crew removed 8500 square feet of asbestos-laden ceramic tile in a single night. Our client was able to resume business quickly, and neighbouring retailers were able to continue operations without disruption or noise.
If you have a commercial asbestos abatement project that requires thorough, efficient, and cost-effective work, contact us at (877) 755-9966 to arrange for an estimate.
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Finding out that the house or commercial property you plan to buy or sell contains asbestos does not mean you should walk away from the deal!
Remember, asbestos is inert and is considered harmless as long as it is encased in something. However, if these microscopic fibres become airborne (as can happen during renovations, for example) they could be inhaled into the lungs and cause serious health problems.
There are a few things you can do as a Buyer or Seller to make sure that when you are ready for the deal to close, everything goes through smoothly.
Tips for the Seller:
If you plan to renovate or repair the property before you put it on the market, remember to be safe and have high-risk areas tested for the presence of asbestos before you begin cutting and drilling away.
Tips for the Buyer:
It’s not uncommon to find asbestos-containing building materials in our area. Buying real estate that contains asbestos doesn’t mean you should immediately walk away! As the Buyer, you have a few options to consider:
Removing asbestos is not a trivial process, so ensure the price of the property reflects the amount you will spend to abate any hazardous materials. Asbestos remediation is well worth the investment if you plan to live in or operate out of the property for at least a few years (especially when you consider the safety of your family or employees).
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been utilized for thousands of years. The mineral fibres are very strong, flexible and heat resistant – and as an added bonus, asbestos is a poor conductor of electricity.
Commonly added to a variety of building materials between the 1920s and the 1990s (including in pipe insulation, roof shingles, and ceiling texture), asbestos was a diverse and advantageous addition to the construction world.
However, the very fibres that make asbestos so strong and durable have also meant its demise. We now know that airborne asbestos fibres have been proven to cause serious health problems when inhaled, and there are now far fewer products today that contain asbestos on the market.
Safely remediating asbestos and restoring your home or business requires trained professionals and highly-specialized equipment. Contact ProPacific for an assessment today.
Like asbestos, vermiculite is also a naturally occurring mineral with various properties that are advantageous to the construction industry.
The main property that makes vermiculite so attractive is its ability to handle very high heat. More importantly, when vermiculite reaches extreme temperatures, it simply changes state rather than combusting. This makes vermiculite an excellent material for insulation, and it can be commonly found in attics or wall cavities throughout Vancouver Island.
Alone, vermiculite has not been shown to be a health risk. However, some brands of vermiculite insulation contain asbestos fibres, which we know can cause serious health concerns if inhaled.
In general, as long as the asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation remains undisturbed, and does not become airborne, there is no cause for concern. If you are planning a renovation or construction project that may disturb the vermiculite insulation, however, you will need to take precautions.
If you are concerned about the presence of vermiculite in your home or commercial space, use our contact form or phone (877) 755-9966 to arrange an assessment.
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Asbestos was commonly used in a wide range of building products due to its fire-retardant and insulating properties (not to mention its low cost). In fact, asbestos was seen as such a “wonder-material” that it was commonly used in new home construction right through to the mid-1990s!
Materials commonly containing asbestos:
If you suspect your property contains asbestos-laden materials, call the ProPacific team at (877) 755-9966 to arrange for a consultation and estimate.
Before hiring a contractor to remediate asbestos, it’s in your best interest to make sure they know what they’re doing!
The removal and containment of asbestos is a serious task, and your health and safety should always be the number one priority, regardless of who you hire. Here are a list of questions that may help you determine if the contractor would be a good choice for your project.
Of course, as a dedicated restoration and remediation company, we don’t have a problem answering all of the above questions. Here’s a handful of important facts about ProPacific:
For more information, call us toll-free at (877) 755-9966 to speak with our team today.
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