Ensure Your Property Has an Asbestos Removal Checklist
Lower Mainland Asbestos Removal Services
It is well known that asbestos has harmful and damaging effects on our health, but a lot of people don’t realise that asbestos can cause damage to the natural environment too. When individuals attempt to remove asbestos themselves, without seeking professional help, they can be exposing themselves and others to unnecessary risks.
Ensure you are familiar with your asbestos removal checklist. Contact us today for professional asbestos removal services.
Freaking out – Exposure to Asbestos?
The simple presence of asbestos in your home is not necessarily hazardous. Generally, materials that are still in good condition won’t release asbestos fibers or particles into the air. In some cases, disturbing these materials will create a hazard that didn’t previously exist. It’s when sources of asbestos are damaged or worn that it’s time to consider asbestos abatement. In addition to mesothelioma, there are other possible health risks associated with exposure to asbestos fibers, including:
- Scarring in the lungs (asbestosis)
- Non-cancerous lung conditions like pleural disease
- Lung cancer
- Reduced immune system functioning
- Respiratory ailment
Cleaning Basements & Attics
Asbestos has impeccable fire-resistant capabilities, which is why it was used in areas that are prone to overheating and fires. If you’ll be moving boxes in your basement or attic, keep in mind that you might come into contact with, or disturb any underlying asbestos.
Replacing Your Siding
The siding was often lined with asbestos, again, due to its fire-resistant ability. If you’re planning on having any outdoor renovations performed on your home, make sure you speak with a professional asbestos abatement company like us, before the siding professionals arrive. An inspection will keep everyone involved in your project, safe.
Doing Indoor Renovations
Sometimes, the indoors of the home can also contain asbestos. Popcorn ceilings and textured areas of paint can contain asbestos, not to mention that some older homes also have lead paint. Take great care before taking on any interior remodels.
Why Not DIY?
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Some forms of linoleum
- Glue that was used on your wood flooring
- Duct insulation used in HVAC systems
- Siding and roofing materials
- Window caulking and glazing
The Benefits of Professional Asbestos Removal for Your Commercial Building
Do you own a commercial building that was constructed more than 30 years ago? If so, you might have dangerous asbestos lurking inside. For years, asbestos was used in commercial buildings as insulation for pipes in ceiling tiles and as noise-blocking wall panels. While asbestos does a wonderful job at insulating, it is harmful to humans. Asbestos exposure can cause a deadly medical condition known as mesothelioma.
Luckily for commercial property owners, there is a way to safely remove asbestos reducing the risk of exposure. Read on to learn more about the asbestos removal process and what it could mean for you.
Commercial Asbestos Removal – How it Works
When asbestos is present, only a professional asbestos remediation company is equipped to handle the situation. During the process of asbestos abatement, certified technicians will be fitted with protective suits and breathing devices to protect them while they work. The area that contains the asbestos will be sealed off with plastic and the removal process will begin. During this step of asbestos abatement procedure, only those working in the area will be allowed inside. The asbestos will be carefully removed and placed inside sealed bags. These bags will then be removed from the building and transported to a proper disposal location. This process is approved by the EPA and will ensure everyone’s safety.
Removal stages include:
- Firstly, you want to have your home inspected for any trace of asbestos yet by the time it is actually removed, the damage has already been done and you may have already been stricken with its effects.
- An expert will devise a removal plan.
- Commercial workers will be asked to avoid their respective dwellings until the safe removal of asbestos materials has concluded
- All clothing, tools and gear should be decontaminated using the wet or dry method before they are removed from the asbestos work area. The appropriate method will depend on its practicality, the level of contamination and electrical hazards.
- Any tools or gear that cannot be decontaminated must be put inside an approved sealed and labelled container.
- In some circumstances, it may be better to dispose of contaminated tools and equipment, depending on the level of contamination and the ease of replacement. If tools and equipment are disposable, so far as is reasonably practicable, they need to be disposed of.