Where can Asbestos be found?
A good indicator of whether the building in question contains asbestos would be its age. Buildings built before the 1990s (particularly 1900’s to 1950’s) would be highly suspect. Asbestos was often used in the creation of insulation, tiles, mixed with cement and woven into a fabric. It is most commonly found in insulation materials that surround boilers, pipes, ducts, fireplaces, vinyl/asphalt floor tiles, vinyl sheet rubber, acoustic ceiling tiles, vinyl wallpaper, corrugated asbestos sheets, asbestos flat sheet, asbesto lumber, wall coating, and spray coating. However, keep in mind that asbestos was used in a variety of building materials, and may be difficult to visually see if asbestos is present. The only way to be certain that asbestos is present is to have it tested by a professional.
In most cases, exposure occurs when an asbestos-containing product has been disturbed. This causes the release of asbestos fibers into the air, which can then be easily inhaled, getting trapped in the lungs. These fibers cause scarring of the lung tissue, inflammation, breathing difficulties, and cancer. Individuals may not even be aware that they have been exposed as it may take several years before systems present and then it can take anywhere from 5 to 25 years for a person to die from exposure. With this in mind, we highly recommend
that removal of all asbestos is done by certified personnel. This is an extremely dangerous job, one that should only be handled by individuals knowledgeable about asbestos, procedures, have the proper equipment and PPE.
Hazards of Asbestos
- There are six different types of asbestos:
- Chrysotile (White Asbestos)
- Amosite (Brown Asbestos)
- Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos) Most dangerous
After the existence of asbestos has been confirmed, our certified, experienced personnel will begin the abatement process. As every project is a little different (the type of asbestos, the location of asbestos) there is no one procedure that applies for all projects. Our project manager will determine the best process to be used to ensure that the asbestos is contained, and removed in a safe manner. Projects will fall into a Low, Moderate, or High-Risk category. Procedures are determined by Occupational Health and Safety (O H & S), Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual.
Why choose Renegade HM?
Renegade HM is a leading expert on Asbestos abatement and services Industrial, Agricultural, Residential and Commercial properties. Renegade HM has locations in Edmonton and Calgary that service all of Alberta. Contact us today!