Creating a healthy home from the inside out

Greater Victoria is blessed with an abundance of beautiful older homes, but as homeowners try to bring modern features to these timeless buildings, they can be faced with an unexpected hurdle: asbestos.

The professionals at Removall Re-mediation Services will ensure you get the information you need, and the expertise to get the job done right and at a fair price.

Better Business Bureau-accredited with an A+ rating and members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Removall Remediation Services are Victoria’s asbestos abatement experts, committed to customer service and quality workmanship, explains Summer Green, co-owner of Removall with husband Dave Robinson.

Recognizing the prospect of having asbestos removed can be distressing for home and business owners, the two believe in making the experience as simple as possible, beginning with qualified third-part testing to identify if asbestos is indeed present. “We really want people to be comfortable so we walk them through it from beginning to end,” Green says.

For homeowners, typically issues arise if they’re planning to renovate an older home, however abatement measures may only be needed in the room being renovated, not the entire home, Green explains.

Attics tend to be a common area of concern, along with asbestos tape in ducting and in older homes with the aircell-wrapped pipes that accompanied original hot water radiator heating.

Individual projects will govern the scope of the area that will need to be inspected and treated, but Robinson’s years of experience and commitment to customer service ensure the process will be undertaken quickly and safely.

“If you’re demolishing an entire house to build new, we’ll need a full survey, but if you’re only doing work in a bathroom, we can focus on that area,” Green says.

Big project or small, “we get in and get out, getting you back in your home or business, where you need to be.”

As one grateful customer wrote, “These people are fantastic. They parachuted in when we encountered an unexpected problem during a renovation, and were excellent in every way: professional, efficient, and good value. As a result we stayed on schedule, and a very stressful situation was managed very well. Five stars – you are the best.”

 

i’ve heard Vermiculite insulation was installed in many buildings until the mid-1980s but can include asbestos. How do i know if my home is affected?

A. Vermiculite insulation in loose form looks like a lightweight, silvery grey or blonde, granular, layered material, with particle sizes of about two to 10 millimeters. The visual identification can be confirmed by laboratory testing. While the amount of asbestos in bulk vermiculite is low, the fine, loose nature of asbestos means airborne concentrations can be very high when the material is disturbed – never attempt to remove the insulation yourself. Hire professionals trained and certified to safely remove the material.

Removal Remediation Services Ltd. specializes in the safe removal of dangerous substances in homes and commercial buildings.