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We have a commitment to understanding our clients' needs and providing cost-effective solutions safely, efficiently, and to industry leading standards. Our comprehensive hazmat consultations are always free, whether for home or office renovation.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre with several beneficial characteristics which made it very popular. Asbestos fibres are very malleable, and therefore very easy to incorporate into various products. In addition, the material is naturally a great insulator, resistant to fire and chemical erosion, and is very strong. It’s because of these characteristics that asbestos was known as the “magic mineral” and added into so many building supplies.
Potential sources of abestos in the home
- Pipe insulation
- Deck under-sheeting
- Loose blown-in insulation, such as vermiculite
- Incandescent light-fixture backing
- Artificial fireplace logs & ashes
- Pad under the fireplace hearth
- Acoustic tiles
- Insulation on electrical wires
- Roof gutters can be made of asbestos cement
- Downpipes can be made of asbestos
- Window putty
- Furnace duct tape
- Outlets & switches
- Textured or stipple -coated walls & ceilings
- Backing behind recessed lighting
- Door & gasket covers
- Heat reflector for wood stove
- Boiler and furnace insulation
- Main panel & fuse box; each fuse wire has an individual asbestos flash guard
- Gypsum board filling compound, and patching & joint compound for walls & ceilings
- Flooring: vinyl tiles & linoleum sheet flooring; flooring adhesive
- Soffit boards can be made of asbestos cement or asbestos insulating board
- Asbestos cement (transite) board siding & undersheeting
- Asbestos can be found in stucco
- Roof felt & shingles
Should I be getting my house tested?
If you are planning to demolish or renovate a home or building built before 1990 it is highly likely some of the materials in the house are asbestos containing so you should get testing done before any work takes place.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral that became popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. It can be positively identified only with a microscope.
Is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos containing materials don't pose a health risk unless damaged or disturbed. Therefore as soon as you start a renovation or demolition is when the fibres could be released in to the air and be dangerous.
How are samples for testing taken?
Our hazmat consultant cuts a small sample from the ceiling, flooring etc in a non obvious area which he then takes to the lab.
May I deliver a sample to Green Demo?
No, Due to Worksafe regulations it has to be a trained and fully insured hazmat consultant that takes the samples as during this process you are disturbing the asbestos contaminated materials. Also our consultant is able to listen to your renovation or demolition needs and advice you on the many different potential asbestos containing materials that are being worked on through out the project.
How quickly will I get the results?
Within 24 hours of the sample being taken.
Do Not Disturb!
Asbestos is a hazardous material and needs to be treated as such. Any disturbance of asbestos containing materials releases fibres into the air, and it's the inhalation of these fibres that leads to diseases such as mesothelioma. Incidences of asbestos related diseases are on the rise, and showing no sign of slowing down. It can take up to 20-40 years for asbestos related diseases to become apparent and for individuals to start exhibiting symptoms. Even very limited exposure to asbestos fibres can prove to be fatal.
WorkSafeBC stipulates how asbestos must be handled during removal and disposal to eliminate the risk that disturbing these materials pose. Depending on what type of asbestos is present, where the material is located, and what percentage of asbestos is present, there are varying work procedures and safety precautions that must be taken. Our hazmat experts are rigorously trained in the safe removal of asbestos containing materials, and can handle any situation safely.