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British Columbia Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is a material made from mineral fibres that was commonly used in the construction of Vancouver homes, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial products throughout British Columbia prior to the late 1980s.

Asbestos is usually found in moisture-prone and/or insulated areas including:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Siding and roofing tiles
  • Insulation materials – pipes, in the attic, etc.
  • Flooring and carpet adhesive
  • Bathroom tiles

Unfortunately, the material was proven to have carcinogenic properties and the use of it was consequently banned in British Columbia and throughout Canada.

Asbestos is microscopic and rigid, allowing it to be easily inhaled and lodged in the respiratory system, causing potential health risks and impairing lung function. Depending on the amount and duration of exposure, asbestos has been linked to lung cancer, mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and scarring of the lungs.

Due to its properties, asbestos is only hazardous when it’s airborne as a result of deterioration or disturbance, such as during home renovations. It has a thick and fuzzy appearance and can be white or brown in colour, but it can be very hard to properly identify with just a visual inspection.

If you suspect your home may contain asbestos, given the year it was built and the materials used, it’s important to have a trained WINMAR professional test the material, and create a comprehensive asbestos removal or abatement strategy.

    Asbestos Removal and Abatement

    If you suspect that you have asbestos, avoid disturbing the materials and call WINMAR® to coordinate your asbestos removal plan.

    Our technicians are professionally trained, insured, and certified for the following:

    • Site inspections
    • Asbestos tests
    • Containment of the area
    • Removal
    • Abatement
    • Reconstruction
    • Prevention of cross-contamination

    Throughout the removal process, WINMAR® prevents the asbestos fibres from becoming airborne by spraying the materials with a binding agent. The materials are then removed, placed in poly bags, and sealed. Air scrubbing machines with HEPA filtration systems operate throughout the entire process.

    WINMAR® is also happy to provide certificates on all of our asbestos projects that can be transferred to new home buyers.