What Is Asbestos?
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario has a lot of homes and structures that are quite old and beautiful, however with older home comes the reality that many do have asbestos-containing material. Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that is fibrous. It became very popular as a building material due to its ability to be fire retardant, it’s high tensile strength, it’s resistance to chemical erosion and is an excellent insulator.
Asbestos has also been used in the auto industry, as well as in electrical appliances, and is often mixed with other materials to increase strength and fire resistance. In most cases, if asbestos-containing material (ACM) is undisturbed and is in good condition it does not present a significant exposure risk and can often be safely managed in place.
An example of common sources of exposure to asbestos are the manufacturing industry such as friction products, textiles, insulation, and building materials. Also the construction and demolition industry during renovations. The automotive brake and clutch servicing as well as damaged and or disturbed ACM products such as floor tiles, fireproofing, insulation and acoustical materials.
At Kitchener-Waterloo Extreme Clean, we have years of experience and the industry’s top standard of training when it comes to safe and legal asbestos removal. We put your health first; we follow and exceed all industry guidelines and never cut corners.
All asbestos work performed by us is guaranteed and a certificate of completion and clearance is provided on all type 3 Asbestos Abatement Projects.
If you suspect your home or property contains asbestos, give your Local, Asbestos Removal Specialists a call – Kitchener-Waterloo Extreme Clean at 226-289-7473
Over the past 10 years, Asbestos awareness has increased as well as it’s health-related issues and dangers have become more well known. If it’s disturbed it can be hazardous if not removed properly and treated.
No Matter how Big or How Small the issue, we can help!
Residential to commercial, we are certified and have the resources to take on whatever issue you may have. Our certified Asbestos Inspector will visit your property and assess the suspicious and presumed asbestos-containing material. A sample can be taken to 3rd party lab to confirm if it indeed contains asbestos fibers.
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Once Sampling has been done and it’s confirmed to be asbestos-containing material; we’ll provide you with a detailed scope of work along with an estimate that will not exceed final pricing. Once approved, we will assign a certified asbestos removal team along with clearance testing provided upon completion.
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There are two major groups of asbestos:
Serpentine: Serpentine fibers are long, flexible and curved. These fibers can be woven together. The main type of serpentine asbestos is chrysotile (white asbestos), which is the main type of asbestos used in manufacturing.
Amphibole: Amphibole fibers are straight and stiff. These fibers are generally brittle and rod- or needle-shaped, which limits their commercial usefulness. There are 5 sub-types of amphibole asbestos, including:
- Crocidolite (blue asbestos)
- Amosite (brown asbestos)
Why Should You Hire a Professional to Remove Asbestos?
There are numerous health concerns surrounding Asbestos, and it can be a severe issue to your health and well-being if not handled and removed properly. By not having a certified technician remove asbestos, you run the high risk of contaminating your home with Asbestos fibers and making these fibers airborne. These fibers are invisible to the naked eye and have been linked to lung cancer as well as other various cancers and respiratory diseases such as mesothelioma. By hiring a certified company such as ours, you can rest assured all of the harmful materials will have been properly and safely removed and your property is safe.
Health Problems associated with Asbestos
While all asbestos fibers can pose serious health risks, some fibers are more dangerous than others when exposed. Asbestos fibers can be released in several different ways. During maintenance, repairs, and renovations asbestos-containing materials can become disturbed and airborne. Health effects from exposure to asbestos fibers will depend on a few different variables, for instance..
- Levels of airborne Asbestos fibers
- Length of Exposure
- Whether your exposure is Chronic or Acute
- The Type of Asbestos Fiber
- If you are a smoker or not. (Smokers tend to be more affected)
- How long it has been since your first exposure
Dependent on these factors separately or in combination, your health risks can range from mild to very severe. The top concern with asbestos exposure is lung damage; once fibers get lodged in your respiratory system they will begin to impair and impact normal lung function. Health effects that have been shown in exposed individuals have included:
- Lung Cancer
- Cancer of the Larnex
Where can Asbestos be found?
Asbestos can be found in many areas of your Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario home; including…
- Asbestos Insulation and/or Vermiculite Insulation
- Asbestos Pipe Wrap
- Asbestos Duct Wrap
- Asbestos Register Vents
- Asbestos Drywall
- Asbestos Plaster
- Asbestos Ceiling Tiles
- Asbestos Popcorn Ceilings
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