Asbestos Removal Calgary Alberta Canada Calgary Asbestos Removal and Abatement Services Find the Best Professional Asbestos Removal and Abatement services for Calgary and surrounding area that is right for your needs. Platinum Inc. (http://www.platinuminc.ca/services/asbestos-abatement/) specializes in safe and effective asbestos removal and abatement. We adhere to government regulations and best practices laid out in the Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual and BC Work Safe Asbestos Removal Guide in order to properly and safely abate of all asbestos-containing materials. Your safety and ours are our utmost concern! In Canada, if your home or property was built prior to 1990, it may contain asbestos. Is this you? Find out if your home or property is safe. Act now! Contact the Platinum Inc. asbestos removal specialists and see if this hazardous material could be endangering you and your family!
Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is asbestos? ○ Asbestos is described as “a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals”. In the 19th century manufacturers and builders began to appreciate its qualities such as fire resistance and strength and would weave the fibers into materials like fabric or mats or blend into materials like cement. Its application use grew steadily until the late 1980’s when it was finally determined to be a carcinogenic. Extended inhalation can cause fatal illness such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. More here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos) 2. What is asbestos abatement? ○ This refers to procedures to control the release of asbestos fibers from asbestos materials. Abatement procedures include: encapsulation, encasement and removal. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos_abatement. 3. What is asbestos removal? ○ Professional asbestos removal should always follow safe protocols and procedures for containment. The removal process consists of an extraction phase followed by the asbestos clean-up. Site containment may include sealing off areas by the use of polyethylene film, duct tape, negative air pressure machines and specialty HEPA vacuums for asbestos
4. What is asbestos encapsulation? ○ Encapsulation refers to the process of sealing asbestos in a protective shell. This tactic is cheaper than removal. It is considered safe as it effectively contains the asbestos. However, if any of the asbestos material are degrading then removal should be undertaken rather than encapsulation. 5. What is asbestos encasement? ○ Abatement using asbestos encasement, is more secure that just encapsulation. It is a two coat system. The first coat penetrates stables and penetrates even friable material. The second top coat bonds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encasement 6. What is friable asbestos? ○ This term is used to describe asbestos that easily makes airborne dust. A popcorn ceiling is considered extremely friable (will create dust asbestos), while an asbestos pipe or floor tile is considered non-friable. More here: http://environment.gov.ab.ca/info/library/7635.pdf 7. What is an asbestos popcorn ceiling? ○ An asbestos popcorn ceiling was a popular ceiling style from the 1950s to 1980s. It was created with either spray paint or roll paint to create texture. Some versions of this paint contained asbestos, especially early on. This style of paint texture treatment is also known as: stucco ceiling or cottage cheese ceiling.
8. Where is asbestos found? â—‹ Manufactured asbestos sources may be found in homes aged from 1990 and earlier. Asbestos in homes may be found in variety of possible places, such as: Roofing felt, shingles, siding and flashing Vermiculite attic insulation Vehicle brake pads Around piping insulation Furnaces Around boilers Fireplace sheeting Furnace ducts Wood burning stoves Insulation on electrical wires Incandescent light fixture backing Backing behind recessed lighting Main panel & fuse box; each fuse wire has an individual asbestos flash guard Cement sheeting or gypsum board filing Electrical outlets , electrical wires and their insulation Flooring: vinyl tiles & linoleum sheet flooring: asbestos mastic flooring adhesive Asbestos can be found in stucco ceilings (aka popcorn ceiling) Some acoustical ceiling tiles contained asbestos Old ironing boards, hair dryers Textured paints and wall patching compounds
11. How dangerous is asbestos? ○ Generally it is contended that asbestos containing materials are not dangerous providing it is intact and not disturbed. It is considered dangerous with greatly increased risks, if it is friable asbestos, meaning it is or may be releasing dust fibers into the air where it can be inhaled/ingested. More here: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/ehs/workplacesafety/asbestosfactsheet.htm 12. Does asbestos have to be removed? ○ You should always consult with an asbestos abatement professional such as Platinum Inc. asbestos removal in Calgary, if you are concerned about your residence having asbestos. As a general rule, if the asbestos is not friable, intact and not disturbed removal may not be necessary. In such cases encapsulation or encasement may be suitable. 13. What is chrysotile asbestos? ○ It’s the most common type of asbestos and represents about 95% of all asbestos in USA. It is also referred to as white asbestos. 14. What is an asbestos testing service? ○ This is process of taking samples from the property, then submitting them to a laboratory in order to determine if asbestos can be found in any of the submitted samples. 15. What is asbestos mastic? ○ Mastic is a heavy duty adhesive that was largely made of asbestos, also referred to as asbestos mastic. The mastic was commonly used under tiles such vinyl floor tiles.
16. What regulatory body oversees asbestos removal in Alberta? â—‹ The Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Ministry, provides information and guidelines for the disposal of asbestos waste. Additionally for the working with asbestos, there is the Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual, - prepared by the Alberta, Employment and Immigration. It provides rules for occupational safety. See: http://work.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety/2988.html or http://work.alberta.ca/documents/Asbestos-Abatement-Manual.pdf 17. How much does asbestos abatement cost? o Asbestos abatement costs will differ greatly depending on your specific situation. Variables such as how much contamination, where it is located, and what abatement procedures are required will affect pricing. Encapsulation and encasement options require less time and resources than asbestos removal. All these factors must be factored in to get an accurate abatement quote. In the end, it is advised to get quotes from several qualified professional asbestos abatement companies in order to get a good idea of how much your abatement project really costs. Do you think you have asbestos in your home or property? Want to speak to a local Abatement Expert in Calgary Alberta Canada? Contact Platinum Inc. â€“ Your Local Calgary Asbestos Removal and Abatement Experts Today! Website: http://www.platinuminc.ca/services/asbestos-abatement/ Phone: (403) 220-1616
Asbestos Removal in Calgary Alberta Canada Homes and properties built before 1990 are likely to have asbestos materials in it. Asbestos is...