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Safe Asbestos Removal in Victoria

Asbestos is a natural, fibrous material that was formerly used in many common materials like ceiling tiles and insulation. Years later, it was realized that when exposed to for lengths of time or breathed in, asbestos is hazardous to your health. If your home or building was constructed before the 1990s, there is a good chance something in your home contains asbestos. 


While undisturbed asbestos probably isn’t posing any threats to you or your family. If you’re planning on remodelling your home or demolishing a building, it is highly recommended to get asbestos removal. Victoria’s H.L. Demolition & Waste Management Ltd has the skill and experience to safely remove any asbestos in your home or building.

Materials Containing Asbestos

Asbestos fibres were widely used in construction and other materials because of their flame resistance, durability and strength. As such, asbestos was used in various products, including:

  • Building insulation

  • Cement and plaster

  • Furnaces and boilers

  • Fireplaces

  • Plumbing

  • Floor and ceiling tiles

  • Home siding and roofing

  • Windows and doors

  • Vehicle brake pads and clutches

How to Identify Asbestos

The only way to know for sure if an object in your home contains asbestos is to have a professional test it, but there are several indicators that will help you find objects that are highly likely to contain asbestos.


  • Date of construction – While use of asbestos was banned in the 1990s, building materials may have been stockpiled. If your home was built into the mid-1990s there’s still a chance of asbestos in your home. 
  • Materials used – Cement commonly contained asbestos, but timber, brick and steel didn’t. If your home is made of a safe material, chances are there is little or no asbestos in your home.
  • Inspection – You can perform a walkthrough inspection of all rooms including ceilings, cellars and storage areas. If you come across materials that you cannot identify or cannot easily access, you should call a professional for an inspection to determine if it has asbestos.

Asbestos Removal Procedures

It is the top priority to maintain the safety of our workers and those who live or work in the building during asbestos removal, so we follow certain safety procedures. We pre-plan every job by establishing work procedures and ensuring workers are adequately trained. Then we prepare the site with barriers and warning signs to notify the public Our work procedures for wet removal of asbestos include:


Safe removal – We perform localized wetting of contaminated areas to minimize fibre release, removing all visible dust on work surfaces and using plastic drop sheets where necessary.
Decontamination – We clean up dust waste with vacuums fitted with HEPA filters and damp mopping. Before leaving, we also wet our drop sheets and fold them on themselves to avoid release of fibres.
Disposal – Asbestos wastes, including disposable coverall clothing our workers wear, is placed in sealable, labelled containers. The exterior surfaces are cleaned and we remove the containers from the work area.
Air monitoring – Using certain tools, we monitor the air to determine exposure levels during and after abatement activities.
Site inspection – After work is completed, we visually inspect the area to ensure all visible asbestos-containing materials and debris have been properly cleaned up.

Our team always uses safe removal equipment such as vacuums with HEPA filters and thick drop sheets, as well as disposable coverall clothing and face masks to prevent exposure and inhalation.

Contact Us for Asbestos Removal in Victoria

When it’s time to remodel your old home or demolish a building to make room for a construction project, you need to be sure there’s no asbestos that can become airborne. H.L. Demolition & Waste Management Ltd provides safe asbestos removal in Victoria to homes and businesses. Contact us today to schedule an inspection appointment or to learn more about the process.

Demolition

We provide full demolition and site remediation, interior dismantling, excavation, tank removals, site grading and more.

Waste Removal

We meet or exceed all industry and environmental standards related to hazardous waste removal, ensuring our work is done safely.

Service Area

All of British Columbia
Vancouver Island
The Gulf Islands
Parts of Alberta

H.L. Demolition & Waste Management Ltd

4481 Markham Street

Victoria, BC V8Z 5N3

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