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DEMOLITION PROPERTY MAINTENANCE TIPS & TRICKS

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Demolition surveys are more destructive than a typical HazMat survey allowing for a more comprehensive report of all hazardous materials for any given structure and site.

What to consider before and after a demolition?

Pre-demolition hazmat surveys are more destructive than a typical HazMat survey allowing for a more comprehensive report of all hazardous materials for any given structure and site.

A consultant should be thorough, and sample all suspect materials, so that your abatement contractor is able to provide an accurate estimation for removal of hazardous materials. In many cases, a poorly conducted hazmat survey may lead to unexpected costs when the demolition crew finds other materials containing asbestos.

What is commonly found when demolition occurs?

For the most part demolition projects go as expected. Building materials used in construction are consistent from building era and type of structure, but consultants and hazmat contractors do not have x-ray vision and some surprises do occur.

Older properties with countless unknown renovations, like those without permits, by a do-it-yourself or unqualified contractor has resulted in some head-scratchers on past projects. It is truly amazing some of the unexplainable things that people have done.

How can HazForce assist in a demolition?

We provide services from the initial pre-demolition hazmat survey to abatement and demolition. The benefit from dealing with us from the get-go is we can help navigate you through the many pitfalls and confusion regarding hazardous material abatement and the Acts and Regulations governing the removal, transport, and disposal of hazardous waste.

Our goal is to provide economical solutions and no-nonsense education for you to make informed decisions about your project no matter how unique.

Where do hazardous materials from a demolition go?

The transport and disposal of hazardous waste is governed regionally, provincially and federally.

The Environmental Management Act (EMA) prohibits the introduction of waste into the environment in a way that will cause pollution, except in accordance with regulation, permits, approval or code of practice issued under the Act. The Hazardous Waste Regulation (HWR) addresses the proper handling and disposal of hazardous wastes, under the EMA.

Waste that is classified/defined as hazardous waste must be managed according to the rules and standards set out by the EMA and the HWR. All hazardous waste must be transported by a licensed hauler and disposed of at an approved secure landfill.

A secure landfill is often the final disposal option for any wastes that cannot be further reduced or made less hazardous. It is a facility designed, constructed, and operated to keep wastes confined for an indefinite period with little likelihood of future removal. For this reason, secure landfills have some of the strictest requirements under the HWR.

What can the risks be during a demolition?

Safety is a priority for any construction/ demolition project and hazardous material abatement adds another level of risk to public and worker safety.

Getting the job done right from the on-set by qualified, experienced abatement contractors is key to avoiding a complete disaster. An example of such would be the exposure of asbestos fiber and/or vermiculite insulation throughout an entire neighborhood as the excavator is tearing the structure down.

How to minimize risk during a demolition?

Hire a professional. Hire HazForce.

“Maintaining your property requires frequent check-ups, regular maintenance to your walls, roofs, floors, but most importantly, patience. “

"Maintaining your property requires frequent check-ups, regular maintenance to your walls, roofs, floors, but most importantly, patience. "

Jon Sperber

Operations Manager

250-510-4757 | jon@hazforce.ca

A deeper dive.

Graduated from the University of British Columbia in Civil Engineering, Jon is a certified AHERA Building Inspector with years of experience working with hazardous material abatement of asbestos, lead, mould, and biohazards. His efforts are focused on residential, industrial, commercial, institutional (ICI) and Demolition projects.