At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we help you protect yourself, your family and your employees from the risks of asbestos by providing asbestos testing in Winnipeg and across Manitoba. We will conduct your inspection per the Province's regulations to ensure you're compliant. If the building you're residing in or working in was built before the 1990s, you must get it tested for asbestos.
Once disturbed, asbestos fibres can stay in the air for hours, and breathing them can have severe irreversible consequences for your health. If you have questions about our asbestos testing in Winnipeg, please get in touch with us. We can also offer air quality testing.
The Importance of Asbestos Testing
Until you get your property tested for asbestos, you have no way of knowing whether or not you're exposing yourself, your family, or your employees to the dangers of asbestos. Testing becomes especially important when you occupy older buildings that have never been tested for the material. Those considering renovations or changes to their property of any sort should consider the fact that they might disturb asbestos-containing material and involuntary release asbestos fibres in the air. Lastly, the province strictly regulates the testing, removal and disposal of asbestos. Failure to comply with the mandates relating to considerations such as employee safety can also cause legal issues.
Asbestos testing is a risky procedure that must only be carried out by experienced professionals like us at Breathe Easy Eco Solutions. We have years of experience performing asbestos testing for commercial and residential properties in Winnipeg and adhere to all the required guidelines while providing you with our services.If you'd like to learn more about how important it is to test for asbestos in your commercial or residential property, please get in touch with our team
Asbestos is a highly toxic material, exposure to which can lead to numerous health problems. Different kinds of exposure can cause varying degrees of issues. The different levels of risk when dealing with asbestos in your commercial space or home are:
Low risk: The risk level is low when the testing and handling of the non-crumbling ACMs is carried out as per the recommended health and safety requirements.
Moderate risk: When handling friable ACMs for less than 3 hours, some fibres will be released into the air, leading to moderate risk.
High risk: Handling friable ACMs where the release of asbestos fibres is expected causes high risk.
When it comes to properties that are suspected of having asbestos, property owners, employers or contractors have certain crucial responsibilities. Before undertaking any action for the elimination of asbestos from the property, these individuals are mandated to make sure that:
As seasoned asbestos testing professionals in Winnipeg, we can help your workplace comply with the province's regulations to make it safer. If you have any questions, please send them to us, and we will get back to you shortly.
Collecting possible ACMs as samples is one of the most critical aspects of asbestos inspection. As a part of the asbestos sample collection process, we adhere to certain guidelines, such as:
Health Hazards to Long Term Exposure of Asbestos
Prolonged exposure to asbestos can result in asbestosis (scarring of the lungs with breathing difficulties), mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity), and other specific types of lung cancer. Asbestos fibres, unlike other particles, cannot be easily exhaled as once inhaled, they have little hooks that let them stay in your respiratory system. There are around 5 to 20 cases per year in Manitoba. The occurrence of cases has drastically gone down since the safety measures have been implemented.
How to Detect Asbestos Insulation?
The most common method of detecting asbestos insulation is through asbestos testing. For many years, companies have been using asbestos in hot water pipe insulation, roofing, flooring, and siding shingles, walls, attics and more. It is very important to use proper technology and the correct equipment to detect the presence of asbestos materials.
Here are the steps Breathe Easy Eco Solutions takes while detecting asbestos:
At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we use the latest technology and top-quality equipment for asbestos testing. We have trained and certified staff that can safely collect materials for asbestos testing. You can call our experts today to detect and test for the presence of asbestos in your home.
Regulations in Winnipeg on Managing Asbestos
Asbestos-containing materials have been used extensively in buildings, homes and building materials before 1990. Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health Regulation have requirements for asbestos management that must be followed diligently. According to Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health says that if asbestos material is present in a property, it must be identified and inspected by a qualified expert. Workers must undertake all safety precautions before disturbing the material and ensure that proper disposal or removal procedures take place.
Commonly Asked Questions
Most homeowners are unaware of the presence of asbestos on their property; once they realize it's there, they don’t know how to get rid of it. So we have answered some asbestos-related questions to give you a better picture:
Can mould be found in a brand new house?There are 2 main reasons why you found mould behind the insulation in a new house and both are related to the Building Code. First, the Code requires that the basement be insulated prior to the new homeowner taking possession of the house. Oftentimes this means that the concrete foundation may be dry, but it is not cured and still may contain significant moisture that will evaporate into the open space between the foundation walls and the insulation. The insulation and vapour barrier makes it difficult for this moisture to disperse into the basement air, so there it sits. Any mould spores present find it much to their liking, and growth occurs. The second issue is that it is quite difficult to seal the air-vapour barrier in the floor joist header area. The Code does not specify how this should be done, so builders sometimes staple or do not even seal the vapour barrier at all. This leaves gaps in the vapour barrier where warm moist air from the basement can make its way through to the cold foundation walls and condense. Again, this provides a very suitable environment for mould growth. Most of the time, The Code is your friend, but not in this case, as you have discovered. The solution to your issue is to remove the vapour barrier and the existing insulation. This should be done by professionals if there is more than just a little mould. The basement should be sprayed with an eco-friendly anti-mould agent and then completely dried out using a good dehumidifier. Then new, mould-resistant insulation must be installed. Please do not use the old insulation as it has been corrupted with mould spores. Finally, an intact and properly sealed vapour barrier is a must to avoid future problems.
How to choose the right mould remediation company?Thank you for your question. Most so-called “mould remediation” companies do not specialize in mould. If you look at their websites, you can see they do all sorts of remediation and restorations. From smoke and fire to floods and leaky basements, they do it all. They do air quality, they build rec rooms, they restore paintings. One local fellow owns a home inspection service. He inspects homes for leaky windows, he inspects fireplaces, he investigates roofs and eavestroughs, and everything else… and guess what? He even detects mould as part of his overall “home inspection.” He also owns a number of individual businesses. He repairs windows. He services fireplaces. He replaces roofs and eavestroughs. Oh, and he remediates mould! Each of his businesses has its own name and website. What an expert he must be! Find a company that specializes in mould remediation. They should detect, kill and remove mould period, and they should have been in business for at least 5 years. Those are the true mould experts. The certification process is wide open and generally meaningless in Canada, so make sure they are registered with the Better Business Bureau. Never hire a guy with a hand-lettered sign and no business cards, and avoid any company who tells you that you need their service beyond remediating mould.
What ingredients are included in our proprietary treatment product?That’s a great question! Please find all the details you need in our Material Safety Data Sheet.
Keep in Mind
If you're still unsure whether to use our asbestos testing in Winnipeg, consider the following information:
Asbestos is one of the leading causes of workplace deaths in Manitoba.
Numerous materials can contain asbestos, such as mechanical insulation, linoleum backing, drywall taping compound, cement board and tiles, decorative textured coatings and more.
Asbestos is present in many buildings constructed before 1990. It was in more than 3,000 building materials because of its insulating qualities and fire resistance.
If you'd like to know more about our asbestos analysis in Winnipeg, please don't hesitate to reach out. We invite you to check out our FAQs section.
Concerned About Exposure to Asbestos Fibres?
We offer government-approved asbestos removal procedures and guidance.
*It's free for us to come to your house to assess the mould or asbestos, but if you want testing (mould testing or, more often, asbestos test) where we take samples and send it to a lab, there is a fee. Customers can also drop off samples at our office.