Residential Asbestos Removal Services In
Asbestos is a mineral found in rock and soil. Because it’s highly heat-resistant, it was widely used throughout the 20th century to insulate buildings. If asbestos is secure and enclosed in your building, it’s typically considered safe and should be left alone. If you’re considering renovations, demolition or remodelling projects in a building built before 1990, bringing in experts for residential asbestos removal is essential. At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we assess every unique situation and, if necessary, provide abatement. Prior to starting any renovations, call us at 204-416-6500 to get your materials tested.
When Is Asbestos Abatement Necessary?
Many old buildings are built with asbestos-containing materials; if disturbed, the asbestos fibres can spread in the air.
Asbestos is classified into friable and non-friable:
Friable asbestos allows the fibres to move quickly into the air, which creates the most danger to your health (vermiculite, drywall joint compound, stipple, and stucco, etc).
Non-friable asbestos locks the fibres into the material and poses a lesser threat (linoleum, floor tiles, Transite, etc.).
At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we always want to ensure your home is safe and free of toxic chemicals that can harm your health. That’s why we use environmentally sound methods and approved federal and provincial guidelines when we remove asbestos in your Winnipeg home. Contact Breathe Easy Eco Solutions to get a free asbestos inspection.
Why Is Asbestos Insulation Dangerous?
Asbestos minerals are highly toxic and can cause cancer and other diseases. Asbestos exposure is not safe for the human body at any level. Asbestos fibres usually get circulated through the air, making them more dangerous. The risk of getting ill increases depending on several factors, such as the level of exposure, duration, and frequency of exposure. Smoking dramatically increases the harmful effects of asbestos.
Safe Asbestos Insulation Removal Services in Winnipeg
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that is soft, flexible, and resistant to heat and corrosion. In the past, asbestos was used as an insulator, amongst other things. The natural quality of asbestos makes it suitable for insulation, but it is also highly toxic. These fibres are very soft and small, making them easy to inhale. Once someone inhales the asbestos, it is trapped inside the body and affects the lungs. If your home was built between 1930 and 1990, call Breathe Easy Eco Solutions for asbestos insulation removal services in Winnipeg. We will help you determine if your insulation contains asbestos. Only disturb the insulation once it has been assessed as safe to remove. Our experts can help you safely remove asbestos insulation in your home or office.
While asbestos is no longer used for insulation today, many homes and buildings older than 1990 still have asbestos insulation in the attic and walls. There are many locations in a building where asbestos could be present.
Asbestos – What You Need to Know
Let us have a look at some facts about asbestos:
Many homes and offices built before 1990 contain some form of asbestos.
Asbestos-related lung diseases are preventable and yet, remain the single largest killer of workers in Manitoba.
Most workers who died from exposure to asbestos fibres were in the construction trades.
If you’d like to learn more about asbestos abatement and the removal process, be sure to check out our blog and read up on the following topics:
How Much Will Asbestos Removal Cost?
As every building is unique, the cost of asbestos abatement in Winnipeg varies based on different factors, including:
The location where asbestos is found
Breathe Easy Eco Solutions provides reliable asbestos inspection services. Upon conducting a detailed, professional inspection, we assess the risk and determine the presence of asbestos in the construction materials and the air. The assessment helps us select the most suitable removal process and provide you with a no-obligation, accurate quote and a work description.
Asbestos Inventory in Winnipeg
An asbestos inventory is a document that provides a detailed account of which construction materials in a building contain asbestos. It is required when you are applying for a demolition permit for a building. At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we provide asbestos inventory services in Winnipeg. We conduct professional inspections of your building, collecting and testing samples for asbestos. The results of these tests are summarized and provided to you through the asbestos inventory. We list every material tested and mention whether or not the material contains asbestos. We also list materials that still need to be tested and why they were not required to be tested.
Asbestos Abatement for Commercial Buildings
The importance of insurance in any business cannot be stressed enough. The right insurance policy can cover your business and employees from damages caused at the workplace. Potential risks such as asbestos and mould contamination can be prevented with regular asbestos inspection and asbestos removal in Winnipeg. It is advisable to look into the type of insurance policy you have before having any work done. Breathe Easy Eco Solutions offers Occurrence Form Policy for your convenience. The Occurrence Form Policy will cover any incidents when your insurance is active long after the insurance is no longer active.
Unsure Where to Look for Asbestos Insulation?
The mere presence of asbestos in your residential or commercial property is not hazardous. But when it becomes airborne, you need to take immediate action. Asbestos insulation around boilers, furnaces, pipes, and old ceilings breaks down over time and releases dust into the air. Additionally, ceiling and floor tiles, and roof shingles may also contain asbestos. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or business, get it inspected by Breathe Easy Eco Solutions’ trained personnel who specialize in asbestos removal.
What to Do If I Find Asbestos?
Asbestos is a health hazard when the fibres are disturbed and become airborne. Fibres can be released into the air when asbestos-containing products break down. This release can happen through deterioration or when the material is cut or disturbed. Finding exposed asbestos in your home requires immediate action to protect your health. Reduce your contact with asbestos completely. Here’s what you should do.
Step away and warn other family members as soon as possible.
Do not clean the material or try to deal with the issue yourself.
Call a professional for asbestos removal services.
Get your health checked.
If you are in your workplace and believe you found materials that may contain asbestos, stop work immediately. Ensure nobody enters the area and puts up a warning sign. Report the problem to whoever is in charge and arrange to have a sample of the material analyzed by a qualified asbestos removal specialist, such as a Breathe Easy Eco Solutions professional. If it does not contain asbestos, then work can continue.
FAQs About Asbestos Removal
Learn more about asbestos removal and our solutions:
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.
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What Our Clients Say About Us?
Read our customer reviews below:
I am very pleased with the work preformed by Breathe Easy. The lead tech Dave was excellent to deal with and explained everything to me and kept me well informed as to the progress of the work. Dave and the second tech working in the home did a nice job, thank-you.
Upon completion of the work the home was left very clean.
My sales rep Mark was also very good to work with. I would certainly recommend Breathe Easy based on my experience.
- Pat OConnor
I had concerns about asbestos in our basement. I called Breathe Easy and they came over within 2 days. Mark M evaluated the situation and put my mind at ease with his expertise. I had a very positive experience with this company.
- Louise Mcmurray
We had a very good experience with Breathe Easy for a mould inspection in attic. They responded to my initial inquiry right away and Mark was very knowledgeable and professional. Took the time to thoroughly explain the issue and how to fix it. Didn’t feel pressured into anything, but felt more informed about the situation and what was contributing to the mould issue. Would highly recommend this company and we will use them if we need any further work done.
- Catherine Marshall
Health Canada Recommendations
Health Canada provides the following recommendations to homeowners:
“You can reduce your risk of exposure by hiring a professional to test for asbestos before doing any:
Renovations or remodelling
If a professional finds asbestos, hire a qualified asbestos removal specialist to remove it before beginning work. Avoid disturbing asbestos materials yourself. This increases the risk to your health and your family's health. Check with your provincial and territorial workplace safety authorities for the qualifications or certifications needed for removal specialists in your area.
If you have vermiculite-based insulation in your attic, it may contain asbestos. To avoid exposure to asbestos fibres, do not disturb vermiculite-based attic insulation in any way or attempt to remove it yourself.
Children are not allowed in the attic
The attic is not used for storage or any other use
You hire professionals trained to handle asbestos if you plan to remodel or renovate
All cracks and holes in the ceiling of the rooms below the insulation are sealed
Caulking around light fixtures and the attic hatch is applied to prevent insulation from falling through
If your attic has vermiculite-based insulation, some may have fallen inside your walls over time. Therefore, you should seal cracks and holes with caulking:
Around window and door frames
Around electrical outlets
Source: Health risks of asbestos, Government of Canada.
Professional Asbestos Insulation Removal Services in Winnipeg
Asbestos insulation should be performed by certified professionals because there is a risk of exposure to airborne asbestos. You can count on our professionals to carry out the asbestos removal procedure with extreme caution, following all appropriate government guidelines. We will seal the contaminated area and use safety gear and the right equipment for asbestos remediation. Contact us today for asbestos insulation removal services in Winnipeg.
Speak With Our Asbestos Abatement Experts in Winnipeg
Before moving into or renovating an older building, call our asbestos abatement professionals in Winnipeg. If you need our asbestos testing or insulation removal services, fill out our online form or call us. Breathe Easy Eco Solutions is here to identify and safely remove asbestos in your residential or commercial building.