Techniques

Vacuum Blasting

Vacuum blasting is an effective cleaning technology for both large and small areas. This system has a three-stage separator including High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters to capture small, unwanted particles and contaminants from the air.

Vacuum blasting is ideal for:

The Wickens vacuum system is a dust-free process featuring built-in engineering controls to protect both the technician and the surrounding environment during the entire cleaning process. It offers a safe and eco-friendly procedure: removing, collecting, and packaging the waste in a simple manner.

The vacuum blaster can be used on site and in place without disturbing the surrounding area. Work can be carried out more effectively with fewer interruptions for refilling blasting agents, and the premises do not have to be cleaned after the work is completed.

The Benefits of Vacuum Blasting

  • Controlled blasting
  • Performed in place
  • Minimal interruptions
  • No clean up
  • Can be performed on lead paint and some materials containing asbestos

Applications of Vacuum Blasting

Vacuum blasting is commonly used for mould remediation, lead-based paint abatement, and asbestos abatement.

Certifications

Case Studies

Case Study: Fire Restoration in a Subway Restaurant

When a fire leaves a business unable to function, it’s crucial to call in the experts to restore the damaged areas and get back to serving customers as quickly as possible. That’s why a restoration company called the professionals at Wickens after a Subway restaurant in Burlington experienced serious fire damage.

Case Study: Via Rail Fire Restoration & Prevention

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.

Case Study: Mould Removal from Hamilton Townhouses

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.

Case Study: Using Dry Ice Blasting to Clean the Canadian Plaza Canopy in Niagara

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.

Case Study: Mould Remediation at a St. Catharines Ice Arena

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.

Case Study: Removing Lead Paint from a Historic Lighthouse in Niagara

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.

Case Study: Saving a Building Project from Mould

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.

Case Study: Removing Asbestos from an Office Building

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.

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