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Asbestos Testing: We Can Identify Asbestos

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Asbestos was commonly used in buildings during the 20th century before becoming restricted and phased out due to the many serious health concerns associated with its inhalation. If you live or work in a building with materials dating back to the 1980s or earlier, you likely have asbestos in your property. At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we offer bulk asbestos testing of suspect materials and can help you identify asbestos material that may pose a danger to anyone breathing the air. It can be difficult to identify asbestos, and the material is generally considered safe if it’s securely enclosed and in good condition. In such cases, it should be left alone. If you are considering renovations or construction, however, it’s important to speak with an asbestos professional prior to starting the work.

Potential sources of asbestos in the home

Safe Asbestos Insulation Removal Services in Winnipeg

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that is soft, flexible and is 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 it easy to inhale. Once the asbestos is inhaled by someone, it is trapped inside the body and starts affecting their 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.

Asbestos Inventory Report

We undertake an asbestos inventory for the following purposes;

  • On-site inspections identifying materials that may contain asbestos

  • Bulk sampling of asbestos-suspect items at the worksite

  • Safely collect and submit samples to an accredited lab for asbestos identification

  • Submit an accredited report highlighting our findings, interpretation of the laboratory results, followed by recommendations for the best way for asbestos removal or encapsulation in accordance with Provincial or Federal regulation of Canada

Management Asbestos Survey

A management-level asbestos inventory is required at all premises which are suspected to have the presence of ACMs, including workplaces, workplace locations, buildings or structures constructed prior to 1990. A management-level asbestos inventory is generally performed in already occupied and inhabited buildings and is limited to discrete sampling within permissible or accessible areas. Our team will undertake specialized sampling procedures to ensure minimal material disturbance on contact with any unauthorized personnel during the inventory process.

Why Is Asbestos Insulation Dangerous?

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.

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.

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, 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.

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 take while detecting asbestos:

  • Determining the age of the house.

  • Visually assess the suspect material.

  • Taking a sample for testing.

  • Analyzing the sample & report the results.

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.

Professional Asbestos Insulation Removal Services in Winnipeg

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.

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 in their property and 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:

Concerned About Exposure to Asbestos Fibres?

We offer government-approved asbestos removal procedures and guidance.

Book a Free Inspection*

* It’s free for us to come to your house to asses 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.

Contact Us

Breathe Easy Eco Solutions

380 Dupuy Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R2J 0T4

204-416-6500

Toll Free

1-888-326-0675

(1-888-ECO-0675)

info@breatheeasywinnipeg.ca

Office & Inspection Hours

Monday      8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday      8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday         8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday     Closed
Sunday       Closed

After Hours Answering Service

Monday - Friday 
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 

Saturday & Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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