Asbestos Removal in Toronto

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Asbestos Removal in Toronto

If you plan a major renovation, the risks may become even greater of finding asbestos. We strongly recommend that inspections be performed to determine whether asbestos is present in construction material, and that asbestos management and removal be done by professionals.

If you own a home in Toronto that was built between the late 1920’s to the late 1970’s, then you might have good reason to be concerned about potential health effects of asbestos. Asbestos was a very attractive mineral due to its inexpensiveness, availability, and high heat resistance properties. Common materials that may have contained asbestos are concrete, asphalt, vinyl, ceramics, various compounds, adhesives and so on.

 

Typically in the older areas of Toronto & GTA, asbestos is commonly found in the following areas:

  • Vermiculite Insulation
  • Plaster & Drywall Compound
  • 9 X 9 Vinyl Tiles
  • Pipe Wrap
  • Duct Wrap
  • Register vents

 

If you have concerns about the possible presence of asbestos in the building and intend to remove it, we recommend that you:

 

  • Familiarise yourself with the building design
  • Obtain whatever information that is available to you regarding the building maintenance and renovation
  • If possible, investigate whether or not asbestos was present in the construction materials used
  • If the above information is unavailable, assume the construction materials may contain asbestos
  • Invite a certified environmentalist examine the building
  • If asbestos is found;

 

Canada’s Restoration Services, a nationally renowned company servicing Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, is reputed to be amongst the trusted provider of asbestos removal and vermiculite removal. We have spent the time and effort to be properly trained and certified to handle and safely remove asbestos from private properties to large commercial facilities. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres can be harmful, therefore it is extremely important to hire the right company for asbestos abatement and asbestos removal.

 

Your safety is our priority. We provide knowledgeable technicians who are completely certified, trained, and equipped to safely perform the task. We understand the hazards of asbestos removal and ensure that all safety regulations are observed. Full containments are set in place to ensure the area affected is completely sealed and no cross contamination may occur. Our technicians wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and we strive to provide the best safety possible by using up-to-date wet removal techniques to prevent the release of asbestos fibres into the air. To dispose of asbestos safely, we use special sealed plastic bags in which we place the removed materials. And to further enhance the safety, we keep HEPA-filtered air scrubbers running continuously while the removal work is being carried out.

 

At Canada’s Restoration Services, we have the skills and expertise to deliver to our customers. If you are looking for the safest way to remove your asbestos contaminated materials, we will be happy to render you our professional services.

 

Our services cover every aspect of dealing with asbestos (testing, inspections, removal, and abatement) in the entire building, including pipe and duct systems.

 

We are the only Asbestos Abatement Company to offer FREE in-house financing, and provide free estimates. Asbestos removal can be unexpected and expensive, so we are here to help in all aspects from safe removal to financial aid!

 

Contact us at gta@canadarestorationservices.com or call us at 1-888-551-0514

For a free inspection to determine the best course of action and bring your property back to a safe, healthy environment. 

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Level 9 (XP: 3600)
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Thank you for the informative reply!
Level 2 (XP: 300)
last year
Wow! Now I know exactly what to look for when searching for possible signs for asbestos in my apartment...
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What am I supposed to be looking for exactly, in terms of the physical characteristics of asbestos?
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
Hi Ms. Campbell,

Great Question! Here is a breakdown of characteristics to look for:

1.The most common form of asbestos is either pipe wrap / duct wrap. It looks to be white in appearance and looks like a plaster cast we used to get put on our broken arms or legs. This wrap can be found in register vents as well.
2. Vermiculite is usually found in the attic and it looks like fools gold (small gold metallic pieces).
3. Asbestos tiles are typically a 9 x 9 tile.
4. Plaster / Drywall is a tricky one as it looks like any other plaster or drywall.

The thing to keep in mind is if your home was built or renovated between the 1930's to 1970's than asbestos may be present. If you seen any of the above characteristics, than it is wise to get it tested. Testing is the ONLY way to know if asbestos is present in any material. If it comes back negative, than you have that piece of mind!
Level 9 (XP: 3600)
last year
Thanks for the helpful comment, Canada Restoration Services. What about mold with the elderly? We have mold on the ceiling, but haven't had the chance to get it looked at.
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
Hi Flux,

Mold exposure is worse when you are dealing with the young and elderly. Because of growth and deterioration of immune systems, your body cannot fight off the mold spores as easily as fully developed immune systems and organs. It is definitely something that you could send us pictures to look at and we can see the severity of it. Feel free to email us at cs@canadarestorationservices.com and we will have a certified project manager take a look at it for you!
Level 9 (XP: 3550)
last year
Great, informative article. Quick followup question:
What risk does asbestos pose for my children in my home? i.e: what are the health risks associated with asbestos for children?
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
Hi Nola,
Great Question.
Asbestos becomes harmful once it has been disturbed. When the material is being removed, the fibres become airborne and that is when it poses a threat. When the fibres are released and inhaled, they make their way to the lower regions of the lungs and are trapped, and can lead to fibrotic lung disease. Here is a good read from the Government of Canada on the other health affects of asbestos:
http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/asbestos/effects.html
When it comes to children, because of the development of the lungs, it is important that they are not exposed. The asbestos causes scaring in the lungs , children can be exposed to health systems much earlier in life. These health issues are more prominent in people who have had a lot of exposure to asbestos. If you are planning a project that involves asbestos removal, ensure a certified company is hired. If containments and removal are not done properly, the asbestos fibres can be released and be left in the property.
So in a nut shell, if there is asbestos in the home and it is undisturbed, it is okay for you and your children. If it has been disturbed, give us a call and we can further investigate the situation for you.
I hope this has helped Nola!
Alissa
Canada's Restoration Services
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