Vermiculate Removal, why you need to do it right

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For some houses and offices in and around Vancouver, vermiculate is a severe concern, especially if you are looking to renovate your old space. You see, vermiculate as you may know was a frequent and cheap building material on the west coast for much of the 1900s and no matter if you were looking for a great way to insulate the home or wanted to use some of the best-insulated material on the market, vermiculate was a great option. However, we have now discovered that vermiculate is not only dangerous but downright horrid for your health and is part of the reason that you need to remove vermiculate right. read more

Crime Scene Clean-Ups, what is important

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Here at Urban Environmental, we know the impact that a crime scene can have in a home, and it is part of the reason that our expert staff members specialise in quick clean-ups. In this blog, we are going to look at why a fast clean-up is essential, and some of the environmental factors that homeowners may not even be aware of could affect them.

Why it is important

After a violent crime or death, the scene itself is a danger to both the occupants of the home and the first responders. Blood stains and other bodily fluids could transmit diseases through transfer, and other odours could start wreck havoc to your respiratory system. These fluids and smells have to be taken care of quickly, and a fast-acting crime scene clean-up company can help eradicate issues before they arise. read more

Why you should hire professionals for your next insulation installation

We all think of ourselves as do-it-yourself kind of people, but when it comes to insolation, it might be a good idea to call an expert. It is more than just rolling out fibreglass, and professionals like Urban Environmental will be able to help your home be truly insulated.

Professional know their stuff

A professional insolation installer can help you in more than a few ways. During the initial quote, they will be able to go over what type of insolation is best for your space and identify any potential issue sports to cover and check during the installation. As well, they will be able to give you an accurate quote and will review options for your space before moving on. Finally, they will be able to do the hard parts such as drilling patterns for cavity walls, roof or wall vents and even dealing vapour barriers in older homes. read more

10 Signs you may living in an ex grow-op

As one of the premier grow-op cleanup companies in the lower mainland, the team at Urban Environmental has seen it all. Thus, we thought it was time that we sat down and gave our clients a list of signs you may be dealing with a grow-op. Naturally, if you do suspect your home of being a grow-op house, it is best to contact the experts at Urban Environmental quickly! We have been working in the remediation space for over a decade, and know how to handle and remove toxins from grow-op homes. Here are ten signs that you may be living in an ex grow-op home!. read more

How to prep a home for demolition

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Here at Urban Environmental, we have quickly become known as one of the top companies in the Vancouver area for demolition, and we love the work. From helping families restart after significant issues with a home to making way for new development, our team has been handling safe and proper demolitions since our inception. Naturally, we have been asked a few times on how to best prepare for demo day, and we thought it was time to put pen to paper on how to prepare a home for demolition.

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Asbestos, where could it be?

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Here at Urban Environmental, we know and are professionally trained to deal with asbestos contamination issues. Naturally, the city of Vancouver is one of the highest concentrations of asbestos building materials in homes in the province, and our group has been containing and removing asbestos for years. So naturally, we have been asked a few times and decided to blog about, where is asbestos found, and what do you do if you see it.

Roofing

Asbestos was used for years as a quality roofing material, and we have seen it in a number of areas. First, you may have asbestos in your roof shingles or original roof. The material is quite fire retardant which made for an attractive choice for roofs in the mid part of the 20th century. As well, you may see asbestos in vermiculite insulation, ceiling tiles, coatings and popcorn ceilings in and around Vancouver. read more

The silent killer, mould

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Here in British Columbia, we are blessed to live in a rain forest on the coast. We avoid those nasty winters that the rest of the country gets, and we get our rain and plenty of it. However, rain does mean that we live in a damp climate which in turn does increase the potential for mould in a home. Here at Urban Environmental, we are certified mould abatement professionals and thus have brought together the three common moulds we see on site here in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

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The dangers of vermiculite and asbestos

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As we are an abatement company, the team at Urban Environmental knows its way around a contaminated job site. This is why we have brought together some information for our clients to understand who abatement of both vermiculite and asbestos is so essential. Without further adieu, here are the most common dangers associated with vermiculite and asbestos.

Vermiculite

Vermiculite was a standard construction material in North America and was used routinely in both commercial and residential construction. The issue is that 70% of the world’s supply of vermiculite came from one mine in Montana, and this mine was later found to contain high amounts o tremolite asbestos. However, this was after millions of homes and offices utilised this cheap material for insulation and were used throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District throughout the 1900s. So why doe this matter? read more

How to tell if you have asbestos tiles

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Asbestos is now considered a dangerous building material, but back in the 20th century, the material was common in homes across Canada. In this article, we are going to look at some ways you can tell if you are dealing with asbestos tiles, and what you can do in case you discover asbestos in your home.

  • The age of your home

As asbestos was a popular building material here in Canada, the age of your home will determine the risk you have asbestos within your walls. Generally, it is accepted that if a house was built between 1920 and 1960, your home is at risk for having asbestos. This is especially true if your home still has its traditional finishes and materials. read more

How to tell you have a mould problem

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Mould has been an issue for homes on the West Coast since people first inhabited these gorgeous shores, but in today’s day and age, it continues to wreak havoc. In this article, we are going to provide you with a few tricks and tips to ensure you can tell if you have a mould problem.

  • Strange Smell

Mould has a very particular smell, and it truly stinks. If you notice an unpleasant odour in a specific room, it might mean that mould is living within the walls. The best way to determine if you do have mould is to call a company like Urban Environmental, who can run tests and start the abatement process if needed. read more