Asbestos Abatement and Removal
If you suspect asbestos in your building, call the experts at Wickens Dry Ice Blasting to have it removed safely and effectively with minimal downtime.
Until as late as the 1990s, asbestos was commonly used in building materials in Canada. Being a strong, fibrous mineral that is resistant to fire, asbestos was incorporated into everything from insulation and shingles to tiles, paint, and cement. When it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibers causes serious lung disease, the use of asbestos was regulated and banned in many countries.
Check for Asbestos Before Renovating
While asbestos is not considered a significant health risk if properly sealed and left undisturbed, Health Canada warns that building owners need to be careful when undergoing renovations in older buildings and properties. Before starting any kind of renovation work, building owners need to determine if there is asbestos in the property and then take the necessary steps to have it fully and carefully removed so as to not put contractors and occupants at risk.
The Asbestos Abatement Process
Before even removing the paint from any exposed brick, the affected areas must be safely contained. Special poly tarps are set up to create a full enclosure, along with HEPA filters to create negative air and contain the asbestos fibers so they cannot escape.
Once the enclosures are set up, Wickens methodically tackles the asbestos removal one step at a time. First, paint is removed from brick surfaces using special techniques, and then debris and waste materials are bagged for safe disposal. Finally, the area is fully cleaned with industrial HEPA vacuums.
Afterwards, an independent consultant tests the area to ensure the property is free from asbestos.
Efficient Processes Mean Minimal Downtime
Asbestos removal projects can be completed in a matter of weeks thanks to Wickens’ efficient processes, enabling building owners to move forward with other renovation work—saving money in the long run.
Marking the entrance to the Niagara River is a lighthouse that once guided boats and ships arriving via Lake Ontario. Recently, Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided it was necessary to refurbish the lighthouse and remove the lead paint that had been applied years ago before federal regulations came into effect.
For builders in Northern Ontario, winter came all too quickly while constructing a luxury condo building. With snow and wet conditions, mould developed on the building materials and spread throughout the building. Wickens quickly mobilized a team of trained technicians to begin the mould remediation process.
A three-story office building in South Western Ontario had areas of exposed brick on all levels that had been painted with asbestos-containing paint. With extensive experience, specialized processes, and trained technicians, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to safely and quickly remove the asbestos.
The Municipality of Hamilton, Ontario faced a nightmare situation when mould was found in the attics of 90 residential townhouses. Wickens completed the three-month mould remediation project on time, under budget, and with very little disruption to the tenants.
On the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge, visitors are greeted by the Canadian Plaza, which consists of a main administration building for processing arrivals. Wickens used dry ice blasting to clean the wooden structure without disrupting the high volumes of visitor traffic.
Managers of an ice arena in St. Catharine’s, Ontario discovered significant mould growth on the ceiling of the building. Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to clean the mould residue and mould spores from the ceiling and support structures within two weeks.
Via Rail connects Canada from coast to coast—so it’s crucial to keep trains running safely and efficiently. After an incident involving an exhaust vent that caught fire, Via Rail called in the professionals at Wickens Dry Ice Blasting to restore the area and provide preventive cleaning to avoid similar issues in the future.
Your process using dry ice to blast clean our extruder worked extremely well. We saved on downtime allowing us to get up and running in a fraction of the time it normally takes after cleaning. Thanks to your crew; they did a great job!Angelo De Bono
My wife and I want to send our sincere thanks for the great service. We really enjoyed meeting you and we appreciate the fact that you made it happen as quickly as you did, especially with our renovation in progress. Your team was amazing and they did a superb job. David and his crew were fantastic. They were polite, courteous, and they left the house spotless. Class “A” all the way. I would recommend Wickens to anyone that we know. Thanks again for everything.Livio and Janis Luchini
David and Philip did an amazing job with the last cleaning work. They accomplished a lot and it was very noticeable.Joseph Boachie
I just wanted you to know how impressed I was with the service and quality of work provided by Kevin. Kevin went above and beyond. He and his partner removed the asbestos, taking pictures of the completed work that I was able to share with our customer. I was so impressed by his courteous manner, his professionalism, and his quality of work.Carol Tremblett