Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos abatement is a highly regulated and specialized process. There are many factors involved when dealing with asbestos removal. The procedures become more complicated when asbestos and materials containing asbestos are exposed or disturbed as a result of, renovation, mishap or disaster such as fire or flooding.
At ServiceMaster Restore of Muskoka, our technicians are qualified and fully trained asbestos removal and abatement professionals.
Our services include asbestos assessments, surveying, air sampling and reporting on materials containing asbestos, including vermiculite and old insulation products. Our technicians will also assess the risks involved in your particular situation and select the most appropriate method of managing the problem. Then they will complete the asbestos removal and abatement procedures in a safe, professional and efficient manner.
Our technicians will use a variety of techniques to complete your inspection and analysis. These techniques could include:
Air Sampling – to indicate if you have an asbestos problem and determine its severity.
Materials Sampling – to determine the source of the airborne asbestos and confirm with independent laboratory analysis if required.
Assessment of Asbestos – sometimes removal isn’t your best option depending on the condition of the asbestos.
IS THERE ASBESTOS IN MY HOME OR BUSINESS?
Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials contained asbestos.
Where You Might Find Asbestos at Home or Work
- Hot water pipe insulation
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Wall and attic insulation
- Textured paint, patching and joint compounds
- Asbestos paper, millboard or cement sheets used around stoves and fireplaces
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Door gaskets in furnaces
Do my belongings need to be moved away from the premises?
Depending on the scope of work, your belongings and contents of your home may remain on location. In this case, we will take appropriate measures to securely cover and protect contents. Any construction related dust or dirt that occurs as a result of the work, would be addressed in the post-construction cleaning. For large restoration jobs, it is advisable to move all affected contents to a secure, climate-controlled facility in order to protect them and make room for construction. Be assured that our technicians are fully trained and will treat your possessions with the utmost care. Our Automated Inventory Control System tracks the status of your belongings from move out to move back. We will work with you and your Insurance Claims Representative to manage this process efficiently.
Do I need to move out of my home during the restoration process?
Depending on the extent of damage, your insurance representative can help you answer this question. Ultimately, however, this is a decision you must reach on your own. Some things you may want to consider are safety concerns, odours, electricity, and disruption as a result of the equipment, work and noise that may be necessary to complete the restoration process in your home. If vacating your premises during the process, consider forwarding your mail to your temporary residence; stopping your newspaper and other deliveries; notifying your utility company, cable company, etc., of the temporary suspension of services during the restoration process.
Protecting Your Home From The Perils Of Water: Gutters, Eaves & Downspouts
As fall approaches, it’s good to keep in mind your home’s exterior seasonal maintenance needs. The leaves will be falling, and, chances are, the leaves and other debris will be landing in your gutters! It’s impo