In the recent past, there has been an increase in the rate of demolitions either for rebuilding or for alternative land use. This has not only been the case in Victoria, but also in all of British Columbia. Most home and building owners are faced with two major challenges while going about demolitions in Victoria. One is how to go about demolition without really damaging the raw materials and the other is how to go about asbestos removal in Victoria before or during the demolition.
For this reason, we look at three major things to ensure before going about the demolition and the resultant waste collection and management afterward.
- Always contract professionals for demolition –
As much as Victoria demolition is seen as a job that can be done by anyone as long as you have the right equipment, having a professional do the job for you will not only ensure that the job is done properly, but also conclusively. Whether it is a building or a home and regardless of which part of Victoria demolition is being done, there are so many qualified construction companies with the capacity and experience to do the job for you.
Some of the things that a professional will do is to first inspect the property to plan the best way to go about it, consider the fragile parts of the building, such as windows and doors and later on, based on the type of walls and building structure, determine the best equipment to use for the demolition. In the end, the same contractor should be able to help you collect and clean up the site after demolition.
2.Ensure proper asbestos removal procedures –
Asbestos removal in Victoria requires strict adherence to the law, as its components are hazardous to human health. Asbestos contains fibrous and silicate components, which, due to their lightweight nature, stay in the atmosphere for a long period of time, if not handled properly.
For this reason, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations of not only British Columbia but the whole of Canada are very strict when it comes to asbestos removal in Victoria. The use of asbestos has actually been banned due to its health threat to the public. Inhaling asbestos can cause many conditions, including chronic lung cancer and related diseases, as well as pleural thickening. Therefore, ensure that removal of asbestos is done before or during the demolition, and that it’s done correctly to avoid any of these risks.
- Adherance to the law –
With construction being a critical sector, the city of Victoria building by-laws, as of June 2015, control and regulate the activities of construction and building companies. To be on the right side of the law, it is advisable that you do a thorough background check on the construction companies you are considering for the demolition to ensure that they have fully abided with the law.
In addition, the contractor should be able to advise you on what the city of Victoria demolition laws require of you as a home or building owner before going ahead with the demolition. Considering the above pointers will ensure that you go about your demolition properly.