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, it’s essential to bring in experts for residential asbestos removal. At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we assess every unique situation, and if necessary, provide abatement. Since asbestos can be difficult to find, we test physical materials for asbestos and test the air for asbestos fibres. If we determine that you have asbestos on your property, we will guide you through the next steps to take. If you think you’ll need asbestos removal in Manitoba Winnipeg, Saskatchewan or Northwest Ontario, call us toll-free at 1-888-326-0675 (1-888-ECO-0675)
Many old building structures are built with asbestos-containing materials, and if disturbed, the asbestos fibres can spread in the air. Only professionals can identify the places that have asbestos: through experience and by using the necessary equipment.
Asbestos is classified into friable and non-friable:
At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we always want to ensure that your home is safe and free of toxic chemicals that can harm your health. That’s why when we remove asbestos in your Winnipeg home, we use environmentally sound methods and approved federal and provincial guidelines. Contact Breathe Easy Eco Solutions to get a free asbestos inspection.
Asbestos minerals are highly toxic and can cause cancer as well as other diseases. Exposure to asbestos is not safe for the human body at any level. Asbestos fibres usually get circulated through the air, and that makes 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 negative effects of asbestos.
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 made it good for insulation, but it is also highly toxic. These fibres are very soft and small, making them easy to inhale. Once the asbestos is inhaled by someone, it is trapped inside the body and starts affecting 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. Do not disturb the insulation until it has been assessed as being 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 that are older than 1990 still have asbestos insulation in the attic and walls. There are many locations in a building where asbestos could be present.
Let us have a look at some facts about asbestos:
Many homes and offices built prior to 1990 contain some form of asbestos.
Asbestos can be found in more than 3,000 building materials.
Asbestos-related lung diseases are preventable and yet remain the single largest killer of workers in Manitoba.
Asbestos causes mesothelioma — a rare and fatal form of cancer in the membrane which covers the lungs and chest cavity, among many other health problems.
Most of those workers who have 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:
As every building is unique, the cost of asbestos abatement in Winnipeg varies based on different factors, including:
The type of asbestos
The location of where asbestos is found
The amount of asbestos in the affected areas
Breathe Easy Eco Solutions provides free 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, along with a description of the work to be done.
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: we collect and test samples for the presence of 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 contained asbestos. We also list materials that are not tested and why they were not required to be tested.
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 prior to having any work done. Breathe Easy Eco Solutions offers Occurrence Form Policy for your convenience. The Occurrence Form Policy will cover any incidents that occur during the time your insurance is active long after the insurance is no longer active.
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, textured paint, roof shingles and spray-on insulation 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.
Asbestos is a hazard to health 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.
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 professional at Breathe Easy Eco Solutions. If it does not contain asbestos, then work can continue.
How do I know if a material contains asbestos?
I’m remodelling my home. Do I need to be concerned about asbestos in the building materials?
What are the health risks of asbestos exposure?
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:
If a professional finds asbestos, hire a qualified asbestos removal specialist to get rid of 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 to find out 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.
If you have vermiculite-based insulation in your attic, some may have fallen inside your walls over time. Therefore, you should seal cracks and holes with caulking:
Source: Health risks of asbestos, Government of Canada.
Asbestos insulation removal should be performed by certified professionals because there is a risk of getting exposed 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, use safety gear, and the right equipment for asbestos remediation. Contact us today for asbestos insulation removal services in Winnipeg.
Before moving into or renovating an older building, be sure to call our asbestos abatement professionals in Winnipeg. If you need our asbestos testing or asbestos 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.