What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibres that can be separated into thin, durable threads. Since these fibres are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity, they were used widely in many industries including construction, automotive and gardening products.
If your home is more than 20 years old, it is likely that you may need professional asbestos removal services. Asbestos has been identified as a toxic substance and linked to many severe ailments including cancer. Don’t risk living with asbestos in your home!
As a result you could find asbestos in several places in your home such as:
- Hot water pipe insulation
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Wall and attic insulation
- Stove top heat pads
- Millboard or cement sheets used around stoves and fireplaces
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Furnace and oven door gaskets
Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos is a carcinogen i.e. cancer-causing substance. When products containing asbestos are disturbed the tiny fibres (of asbestos) get released into the air. People and pets can breathe in these fibres which will then get trapped in their lungs. Over time, these fibres can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems.
The health risks of asbestos:
- Asbestosis - a scarring of the lungs that makes breathing difficult
- Mesothelioma - an otherwise rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the larynx
- Ovarian cancer
- Cancer of the pharynx and stomach
How Do I Know If I Need Asbestos Removal Services?
Not all asbestos products need to be removed. If the asbestos fibres are tightly bound and in no danger of being airborne, it is best to seal them and leave the products undisturbed. Only a professional Toronto asbestos removal service can tell you what remediation measures should be employed. Never try to examine the products containing asbestos yourself.
Asbestos Environmental Of Canada (AEOC) offers expert remediation services. Our asbestos removal is effective because our procedures are tailored to meet the requirement and scope of the remediation project.
Certified asbestos inspectors will conduct a test to confirm the presence and extent of asbestos which forms the basis of your asbestos removal plan. Then, trained technicians will safely dispose of the insulation (or other products) to prevent disturbing asbestos fibres which when airborne can be breathed in by you and others on the contaminated premises.
Call Asbestos Environmental Of Canada today at 416-985-5025 to discuss asbestos removal in Toronto.