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Airborne asbestos fibers are a risk to you, your kids, your building contractor, the trucker who hauls away your construction waste and the worker at the waste facility who handles it.
Asbestos is everywhere in these older homes: in the insulation, walls, ceilings, surface coatings, floorings, ducting, plumbing, wiring, light fixtures and more. Asbestos is commonly mixed with other materials, making it difficult to recognize. All pre-1990 building materials should therefore be considered suspect.
Asbestos is commonly found in: loose insulation (e.g. vermiculite), roof gutters (asbestos cement), stucco, soffit boards, light fixtures, acoustic tiles, textured or coated walls and ceilings, siding and under sheeting, pipe insulation, insulation on electrical wires, furnace duct tape, boiler and furnace insulation, vinyl or linoleum flooring, drywall fillers and joint compound, roofing felt, shingles and tiles, etc. Potential sources of asbestos in the home
The cost of this service is a small price to pay when buying or renovating a house to protect everyone you care about and many you have never met.
Depending on the size of your renovation project, you can decide to have: 1. a full hazardous material assessment of your house or, 2. a hazardous material assessment with limited scope (i.e. an assessment of the materials that will be disturbed during your renovation project). For example, if you are renovating the bathroom, you may only need to test the materials in your bathroom.
The hazardous waste assessments will provide you with written documentation of the results. A full hazardous material assessment will come in handy for future renovation projects, or for when you plan to sell your house.
WorkSafeBC’s brochure for homeowners
DUNCAN: Coast Environmental Ltd.* 5271 Boal Road, Duncan 250-748-4611 or 250-715-0954*Note: Coast Environmental Ltd. Chemainus location does not accept asbestos waste.
NANAIMO: Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill*1105 Cedar Road, Nanaimo250-722-2044*Note: Asbestos waste is accepted by appointment only.
VICTORIA:Hartland Landfill*#1 Hartland Avenue, Victoria250-360-3030*Note: Asbestos waste is accepted by appointment only.
Asbestos Removal Have all identified (or suspected) asbestos containing materials removed by a qualified asbestos removal professional. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THESE MATERIALS YOURSELF. The cost of material removal will vary depending on the type of material, the volume of material, the accessibility of material, etc. For example, removal cost for vermiculite insulation may cost around $10/square foot, stucco ~$8-$10/square foot, plaster flooring ~$8/square foot, drywall ~$5/square foot, and tile flooring~ $4/square foot.
How Long Does it Take to Have Asbestos Removed? The time it takes to remove asbestos depends on the type of material, the volume of material, the accessibility of the material, the type of equipment the contractors have access to, etc. Typically, removal of one type of material will take three to five days as the contractor must seal the area off and carry out a number of other preparations both before and after the actual removal of asbestos to keep you and their staff safe.
How is Asbestos Disposed?Asbestos removal professionals have appropriate training and safety equipment that enables them to handle asbestos while avoiding exposure. Asbestos-containing material must be double bagged in 6-mil polyethylene asbestos bags, and properly labeled before they can be taken to an asbestos disposal facility.
Be Aware Unfortunately, there are contractors that will accept jobs that they are not qualified to do, putting their staff and you at significant risk. Qualified contractors will remove and properly dispose of asbestos from your home. Be aware that it is not acceptable or legal for a contractor to leave asbestos at your home for you to deal with.