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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ABATEMENT

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ABATEMENT

With an increasing focus on workplace safety, we have expanded our team to include several abatement professionals. Our expertise and trained staff can safely address hazardous materials at your property with minimal disruption.

Remdal can assist you with:

  • asbestos removal & disposal
  • lead removal & disposal
  • lead paint abatement
  • ceramic tiles & glazing

Strata councils, property managers, renovators, and building owners, can trust Remdal’s trained crews to safely and professionally take care of your hazardous materials abatement projects.

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Commercial and Apartment Building Asbestos Removal - Rental & Strata Properties

If you are the owner of a commercial or apartment building, an asbestos survey report must be included in any renovation or major building work done on your property.

Asbestos was widely used by builders to increase the fire resistance of commercial buildings and prolong the life of roofs, walls and floors. Many asbestos materials will not show any signs that they contain asbestos – meaning that it’s not visible to the naked eye or detectable with a touch test.

Asbestos is treated as a hazardous material and can pose a risk of inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibres that may cause diseases such as asbestosis or lung cancer.

Remdal offers professional asbestos abatement and asbestos removal services for commercial buildings and managed properties that are efficient without sacrificing your safety and the safety of your tenants.

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Residential Asbestos Removal

Remdal offers professional asbestos abatement and asbestos removal services for residential properties that are efficient without sacrificing your safety. We can work with you directly, or coordinate with your renovation contractor to safely accomplish your asbestos abatement needs.

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Lead Abatement Services

Do you own or manage a building that was built before 1978? Do you suspect it may contain lead-based paint?

If so, working with a lead abatement company is crucial to ensure lead removal safety by taking measures such as containing lead dust and following lead paint abatement work rules.

Understanding lead hazards and lead removal health risks are important to lead abatement contractors and building owners.

Lead removal safety and lead paint abatement procedures must be followed to protect property managers, painters and lead dust inspectors.

Remdal lead abatement services are available for residential properties, renovations, commercial buildings, strata, and rental buildings in the Greater Vancouver area.

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HOW CAN WE HELP YOU

Remdal’s expanded hazardous materials abatement services include:

  • providing hazmat consultation & site inspection
  • arranging sample analysis by an independent 3rd party
  • preparing WorksafeBC required documentation including notice of project
  • completing the abatement work while meeting & exceeding industry standards
  • providing clearance letters for work completion

 

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Common Questions

I have an older building, where should I start?

In British Columbia, 1990 is a significant year. Any building built before then will need to have a Hazardous Material report for any areas that may be disturbed during renovation or demolition.

There are various steps that need to be taken when you have an older building on which an asbestos or lead abatement is required. These steps begin with a hazardous materials survey report to provide asbestos and/or lead testing. Based on the report results, the work can range from targeted removal to complete asbestos or lead abatement.

What are the most common areas where Hazardous Materials are found?

There are many common areas where hazardous materials might be found. Residential, commercial rental properties like apartment buildings, strata properties (condominiums) and workplaces all have building materials which can be potential sources of asbestos or lead exposure.

Common asbestos-containing building materials

Common asbestos-containing building materials include – insulation board, asbestos containing caulking & sealants, attic insulation (vermiculite), drywall compounds & tape, vinyl asbestos floor tiles, asbestos pipe insulation, and stucco & cement-based asbestos siding.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which was used widely in building construction for almost a century. It is a known carcinogen and exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health issues such as mesothelioma cancer and non-malignant asbestos disease.

The asbestos-containing materials most likely to cause problems are asbestos insulation board, asbestos cement products & asbestos pipe lagging.

Common lead-containing building materials

Common lead-containing building materials include – lead paint and lead pipes.

Lead, a heavy metal that is toxic to the body, was used widely in both of these applications because it is inexpensive and easy to work with. Unfortunately lead is also poisonous and lead-containing building materials can cause lead poisoning if it is disturbed or deteriorates over time.

Lead dust created by sanding or heavy scraping of lead-based paints is also dangerous to breathe into the lungs.

Sanding, scraping, and removal of lead-based paints should always be done by an approved contractor with proper training and controls, documented with WorksafeBC, and able to provide a safe worksite for employees and customers, such as Remdal.

When is asbestos abatement necessary for Commercial & Strata Properties?

In the past, asbestos was often mixed with cement as part of asbestos products. Therefore, if you are doing remodeling in a commercial or apartment building, asbestos abatement may be required during renovations or other building improvement projects such as:

  • Stucco and cementitious siding
  • In-suite kitchen remodels
  • Bathroom renovations
  • Drywall removal
  • Vermiculite attic space areas
  • Older flooring such as vinyl asbestos or ceramic glazing tiles
  • Caulking and exterior sealants
When asbestos abatement is necessary for residential buildings?

Asbestos abatement is required in many situations with older buildings, including asbestos removal from homes (those built prior to 1990) during renovations or other home improvement projects such as:

  • Kitchen remodels
  • Bathroom renovations
  • Room additions
  • Drywall removal (especially the patching compounds)
  • Vermiculite attic space areas
  • Older flooring including ceramic glazing
  • Caulking and sealants

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ABATEMENT PROJECTS

English Bay Apartment - Vancouver - Historic Restoration

This beautiful apartment building overlooking English Bay in Vancouver’s eclectic West End needed an exterior refresh. The ownership group invested in a historical restoration project that included exterior painting, concrete repair, and lead paint abatement precautions. The Remdal team worked closely with ownership and their building engineer to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and provide owners peace of mind about their building for many years to come.

Scope of Work:

  • Haz mat abatement precautions (lead paint)
  • Removal and disposal of lead containing paint
  • Targeted concrete repairs
  • Exterior commercial painting
  • Challenging access: swing stage rigging

Strathmore Lodge - Vancouver - Historic Restoration

Built in the early 1900s, Strathmore Lodge is one of the oldest apartment buildings in Vancouver’s historic & eclectic West End. Ownership invested in a heritage restoration project that included exterior painting, concrete repair, metal replacement, lead paint abatement precautions, and window sealant replacement. The ‘before’ pictures show many areas where the weight of previous paint layers was causing peeling and bubbling. The Remdal team worked closely with ownership and building management to renew two of the exposures with the final phase to be completed in 2022.

Scope of Work:

  • Extensive concrete repairs
  • Targeted sealant application
  • Metal replacement & repair
  • Haz mat abatement precautions
  • Exterior commercial painting
  • Challenging access scaffolding, swing stage rigging, shrink wrap

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