Asbestos Regulations and You

There are more and more stories in the news about shady asbestos removal companies and the messes they leave behind. It’s not just in the GTA, but all over the continent. As asbestos regulations tighten, it seems like the unscrupulous characters are looking to wiggle out of taking the right precautions.

At GreenStream Environmental Services, we know how important it is to take the right precautions. It protects not just our employees, but our clients, and even their neighbours.

But, as a home or property owner, do you know the law? What happens if you have asbestos removal work done in a property you occupy as a tenant?

The Regulations

  • The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Regulation 278/05 covers asbestos regulation on construction projects and in building and repair operations.
  • The Regulation applies to every project, the owner of the building, and/or his agent, including contractors or subcontractors hired to do work on the premises.
  • Important: the term “owner” in the Act does include tenants. Under some circumstances, the tenant of a building may be considered to be either the owner or occupier. If, as a tenant, you have been notified that there is asbestos or ACM (asbestos containing materials) in the premises that you occupy, then it becomes your responsibility to notify anyone working on your premises of the hazard.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Taking “every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.”
  • Preparing a list of any hazardous substances, including asbestos, and their location, and make it available to the contractor or other person doing the work for hire.

This includes repairs, renovations, maintenance, demolotion, or other similar work.

  • Owners of buildings with known asbestos or ACM are required to have an asbestos management program in place, even if there is no work being done.

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We Can Help
If your home contains asbestos or ACM, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos in the Basement: Pipe Insulation

Asbestos was once thought of as a “miracle” construction material. It’s heat and fire resistant, and nearly indestructible, so it’s not hard to see where that idea came from. It was only decades later that people discovered the dark side to this naturally occurring mineral – mesothelioma and other lung diseases. Asbestos’ indestructible nature become lethal once it has entered your lungs.

Asbestos All Over
If your home was built before the mid-1980s, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos or ACM (asbestos containing materials) which may be found literally from floor to ceiling.

You may be aware of issues like vermiculite insulation, typically used in the attic, and which may be contaminated with asbestos. There are also asbestos/vinyl floor tiles, and even asbestos containing ceiling tiles. But, did you know you’ll need to check the basement too?

  • In particular, if you have an older radiator system or boiler, the pipes were often wrapped in asbestos insulation.
  • Even if the heating system has been upgraded, the old pipes are often left in place.
  • Now, the material is considered safe as long as it is intact. However, the lifespan of most insulating materials is a couple of decades. That means, as it deteriorates, more and more of the asbestos may be exposed and posing a potential danger.

Asbestos insulation was used on piping in old industrial buildings as well as in homes. Peterborough, to the east of the GTA, is home to a now controversial General Electric plant where workers were exposed to a variety of hazards. Asbestos wrapped piping is yet another of the issues that is now being reconsidered as a hazard as the WSIB looks into old claims it once denied.

Get Professional Help
Don`t take the chance. If you suspect or know of the presence of asbestos in your home, our experienced technicians offer professional, certified asbestos removal or asbestos remediation services.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for an asbestos removal or asbestos remediation quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Mould Spores

Just after the news of Hurricane Harvey came the aftermath – an almost immediate infestation of mould throughout Houston and other flooded areas of Texas. It’s well known that mould can begin to grow within a mere 24 hours if the conditions are right. But how? And what, if anything, can you do to prevent it?

The Mould Mechanism
How can mould appear almost instantly after a deluge? It helps to understand how mould works. Mould spores are a bit like pollen. They are tiny – invisible to the naked eye – very light and float on the air, and they can also live quite a long time. They thrive outdoors, and while they aren’t active in the winter when it’s below zero, they don’t die from the cold. They simply go into a dormant mode, waiting to be revived after the spring thaw.

All the spores need is oxygen, standing moisture, and food, which can consist of pretty much anything organic, like piles of leaves or wood outdoors, cloth or paper indoors. They love cellulose, a plant-based fiber that is used in textiles and carpets. Some things to remember.

  • Outdoors, mould levels peak during late summer and early fall because of the abundant vegetation they can feed from.
  • Leaving your shoes and outdoor clothing at the door and avoid bringing them into your home.
  • Use a dehumidifier to control excess moisture and high humidity during the summer.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation throughout your home, including an exhaust fan in your bathroom.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help remove mould spores.
  • Repair any leaks in plumbing, roof, windows or other source of water as soon as possible.

It’s Important
You can’t tolerate even a small growth of mould in your home. First, a small growth can soon grow much bigger. Second, even a small patch can produce more mould spores that become airborne. Once they’re in your home, they can enter your HVAC systems and disperse throughout your living space.

Mould poses a very real threat to human health. It can cause a variety of symptoms.

  • Persistent coughing and dry throat;
  • Stuffy nose;
  • Irritation of the eyes;
  • Respiratory issues, including worsening allergies;
  • And more.

We Can Help
If you are experiencing the result of flooding, or are dealing with mould in your home, we can help. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Flooding – The Danger From Mould And Asbestos

Flooding is dominating the headlines lately, from the catastrophic floods on the Texas coast to Western Ontario and other places across the globe. The devastation of a flood itself is bad enough, but once people return to their homes and businesses to try and clean up and begin their lives again, there are other threats to be faced, including asbestos and mould.

Asbestos
If your home was built before the mid-1980s, there is a good chance that it contains asbestos in one form or another. That most often includes asbestos mixed with other materials, and it can show up virtually anywhere in your home, including,

  • Floor tiles;
  • Ceiling tiles (often called “acoustic ceiling tiles”);
  • Wall panels;
  • Textured paints;
  • Popcorn ceilings;
  • Attic and pipe insulation;
  • Window and door caulking;
  • And more!

While asbestos containing materials or ACM are considered safe as long as they are intact, a flood can damage the materials it is mixed with, leaving the asbestos to dry into inhalable fibers.

Mould
Flood waters are often contaminated with sewer water, or other substances that it has picked up from the ground, including poisons, microbes, and chemicals. Even the cleanest water, however, can spark the growth of mould within a mere 48 hours.

Any area that remains wet or moist for 48 hours or more can be prime ground for mould infestation – and mould does love to eat cellulose based materials such as carpeting and even drywall.

  • Drying out the area thoroughly is the first priority – fans and general ventilation are essential in that regard.
  • Removing any items that are wet and not likely to be remediated, which probably includes carpeting and other textiles.

Those measures are a good rule of thumb to begin with, but depending on how quickly you can get back into the area to assess damage and begin the clean-up process, it may not be enough.

Once mould has set in, simple cleaning alone won’t get rid of it. You need help.

We Can Help
If you are experiencing the result of flooding, or are dealing with mould and/or asbestos in your home, we can help. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts, asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Toronto Case Highlights Asbestos Exposure In Schools

A Toronto area woman recently made headlines when she withdrew her son from a daycare operated by the TDSB out of fear of asbestos exposure.

The daycare was operating in the basement of a high school, which was to undergo asbestos abatement procedures. School officials assured the parent there were proper procedures in place, including,

  • Work by a professional contractor with standard processes for removal and containment;
  • Air quality testing;
  • Relocating the daycare within the building, farther away from the asbestos removal work.

When the Ministry of Education got involved, it resulted in a meeting between officials and parents.

It seems like communication – or the lack of it – was one of the issues at hand, and as an asbestos removal company, we have to agree that it’s one of the important components of a successful process from start to finish. It’s crucial in a case where people are living or working in a building when asbestos work is going on.

Asbestos Exposure
No amount of asbestos exposure is considered safe. It becomes particularly important when it comes to children, because there are a number of studies that show the risk of developing mesothelioma and other lung diseases is increased the younger the exposure occurs.

Asbestos, or more likely, asbestos containing materials such as floor or ceiling tiles, vermiculite insulation, or pipe insulation, is considered safe as long as the material is intact. But, as in this case, any activity such as,

  • Renovations;
  • Installation of alarm or home theatre systems;
  • Floor or fire;
  • Or anything that damages the integrity of walls or other construction materials;

can cause asbestos laden dust to be created. Once airborne, it can be inhaled into the lungs – and it can spread throughout your home via the HVAC system.

We Can Help
If you believe your home contains asbestos, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your asbestos issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos Removal Company Ordered To Stop Operations after $1 Million in Penalties

When it comes to asbestos removal violations, how many is too much? WorkSafeBC has just answered that questions when it comes to a repeat offender operating in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Repeated Violations
BCS Contracting Ltd. is listed as an asbestos abatement company. They’re based in Surrey, but work largely in Burnaby. Since 2011, they’ve racked up a whopping $1,118,000 in penalties (a total of 16) for improper asbestos removal procedures, along with five stop-work orders. It has been issued five fines since 2013 alone.

The most recent penalty was issued in March 2017, when the company was fined $628,034.57 related to work at two houses. Violations include:

Earlier this year, the court issued an order that the company stop any and all work that could possibly involve asbestos or ACM, until the company met a list of conditions. These included:

  • Informing workers about the risks and training them in safe asbestos handling practices;
  • Providing adequate supervision of workers handling asbestos;
  • Providing a written plan that details the steps the company will take to bring its practices into line with regulations.

Many advocates say the case is an example of why licensing should be mandatory for asbestos removal contractors and others who handle hazardous materials.

Safety And Asbestos
We’re just as frustrated with companies who violate the law – and good sense – as anyone else. When asbestos removal companies try to cut corners with inadequately trained and prepared workers, they endanger not only their employees, but the building owners, and anyone in the vicinity. Improperly contained asbestos or ACM can spread throughout a home and even a neighbourhood on the wind.

If you believe your home contains asbestos, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your asbestos issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

New Workplace Asbestos Guidelines

The Canadian government, gearing up for its planned asbestos ban by 2018, enforced some changes to the Canadian Labour Code. Specifically, it involved the occupational health and safety regulations governing the handling of asbestos.

Changes
On July 12, 2017, new amendments were added to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and national building codes were also amended, to prohibit the use of asbestos in any new construction or renovation projects. The feds even formalized their support for listing chrysotile asbestos — which previous Canadian governments long championed — on the Rotterdam Convention as a hazardous material.

That’s quite a big step forward, and one that was a long time in coming. Some of the specific changes:

  • The onus is on employers to provide adequate education, training, and a full blown asbestos exposure management program anytime employees handle the substance, or engage in some kind of activity, such as repairs, that may bring them into contact with asbestos.
  • Standards will be consistent across the provinces and territories when it comes to levels of friable or airborne asbestos fibres.
  • The goal is lower the risk of asbestos exposure on the job as close to zero as possible.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, is quoted in a media release. “Every employee has the right to a safe workplace. I’m proud to be announcing these long overdue regulatory changes on asbestos, a key element of our government’s comprehensive ban on asbestos.”

Asbestos in your Home?
At one time, asbestos was considered a miracle mineral. If your home was built before the mid-1980s, you may be able to find asbestos or asbestos containing material in virtually any part of your home from ceiling to floor tiles, wall panels to pipe insulation.

If you believe your home contains asbestos, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your asbestos issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

New Research on Mould Toxins

We’ve long known that mould spores become airborne within a home. That’s how a small mould infestation in the basement — near the HVAC system — can result in mould spores being detected throughout all floors of the building. And, it doesn’t take that long.

Recently, however, researchers in France have discovered that it’s not just the spores, but the actual mould toxins, that become airborne indoors too. If it can be verified, it would explain a lot about so-called “sick building” syndrome, and the way that mould related illnesses and conditions spread. Their paper was published in the academic journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Mould Sickness
Each person responds to mould exposure differently. Those who already have asthma or respiratory allergies are particularly prone to feel the effects, which can include:

  • Itchy eyes;
  • Inflammation of the respiratory tract, including nose, throat, and lungs;
  • Persistent sinus irritation;
  • Obstructed airways;
  • Asthma attacks.

It’s unclear how exactly the mould causes symptoms, but it is thought that the immune system becomes sensitive to specific compounds within the spores. The onset and severity of symptoms depends on how long you are exposed

Mycotoxins
Mould is actually just a name for a particular species of fungus. When the fungi shed the particles that become airborne, mycotoxins, the poisonous element, hitch a ride, taking the threat wherever those spores go.

Mycotoxins are poisonous chemical byproducts of certain fungi. They’re usually associated with crop infestations, and hence with food poisoning — not risk from inhalation. Enough exposure can prove deadly.

There have been many studies on the effects of eating mycotoxins, but not so much is known about what happens when you breathe them into your lungs. Based on existing research, it is not believed that airborne mycotoxins would be able to reach the kinds of concentrations that would cause health issues. However, the researchers pointed out that the risk may still be higher for people who spend a lot of time indoors, such as the elderly, or disabled people.

The researchers noted that mycotoxins should be considered when looking at air quality issues, but did not offer specific guidelines.

We Can Help
Up to 40 percent of all the buildings in North America and Europe contain mould in one form or another, according to experts. Does your home? You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of it for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Avoiding Mould: Clean-up After A Flood

With the wet spring that we’ve had so far, basement flooding is a real risk for many homes in Toronto and the GTA. Along with damage, flooding brings another risk that can linger long after—mould.

Mould Growth
As a matter of fact, mould spores can begin to develop within 24 to 48 hours if moisture lingers and does not dry. That leads to the first, and foremost, principle when you are faced with having to clean up after a flood.

The sooner, the better!

  • You may not be able to prevent all damage from a flood, but quick action will definitely minimize the extent of it.
  • Be thorough—even if an area just feels damp, without any standing water, it can be a breeding ground for mould spores.

Remember, mould only needs moisture and a food source—such as the cellulose based materials in carpet and even drywall—to thrive. It can appear in, walls, furniture, carpets, flooring, curtains and other fabrics.

Dangers of Mould
If left to grow unchecked, or improperly cleaned up, mould can cause a host of health problems, including worsening allergies, asthma, chronic nose, throat, and eye irritation, and more. These are your first steps towards preventing mould growth.

  • Disconnect any power cords, and switch everything off;
  • Move anything you can out of the room, including furniture and electronics (the latter, if wet, are likely a write-off in any case);
  • Pull up and remove any carpeting, including underpadding—this too is likely a write-off;
  • Cut out any drywall that has gotten wet.

The next step is to remove the water. For smaller amounts and areas, old towels and buckets are the old fashioned way that still works. A wet/dry vacuum, or even a small sump pump, available at a typical hardware store, is a good choice if there is more, provided it is feasible to use electricity.

  • Once you’ve removed all the water and moisture that you can, fans and a dehumidifier will help to dry out the area more thoroughly. If you can open windows to allow for a through draft, that’s ideal—provided it has stopped raining.
  • Now, you will want to use a good disinfectant to sanitize the area, including the walls, baseboards, and any surface that came into contact with flood water.

At this point, you’ve done all you could to help prevent the spread of mould after a flood. Still, you may find that mould has developed under the floor, or behind a wall where you didn’t see it.

We Can Help
If you have mould issues in your home, you can trust the experienced mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of it for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

#Canada150: The Legacy of Asbestos

As Canada turns 150 years old, along with the celebrations, it’s time to also take stock of issues that have left a darker thread in our legacy as a country – one of them being asbestos.

The Miracle Material
Asbestos had been used by indigenous people in the American West and other areas where it occurs naturally for centuries, but on a small scale. It was sometimes mixed with clay or terracotta and made into cookware, for example. Once it was developed for use in construction and industry, the conditions were ripe for the over exposure that has caused so many cases of mesothelioma over time.

Truthfully, it’s hard to condemn whoever it was that kickstarted the explosion of asbestos use in construction at the end of the 19th century. It had properties that really did make it seem like a miracle material.

  • It’s fireproof;
  • It’s soundproof;
  • It insulates against heat and electricity;
  • It’s virtually indestructible.

It was only decades later that exposure over time caused the flurry of lung diseases, including cancers and deadly mesothelioma. Unfortunately, we are still dealing with the aftermath today, including over 500 new cases diagnosed each year.

Travis Robertson is a regional safety advisor with the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA), which represents 41,000 employers in the province. In the Journal of Commerce, he notes, “A lot of contractors think that they’ll only find asbestos in buildings from the 1970s and 1980s or earlier, but it also affects much newer buildings. We had reports from one of our member contractors who has a blanket policy on asbestos testing in each project. Samples from a building constructed in 2008 tested positive.”

Asbestos in Your Home?
While it is considered safe as long as the material is intact, once the material is disturbed, it creates the dust that can be inhaled, and affect your health. That means you need to be concerned during renovations or installation of anything that involves cutting into walls.

We can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your asbestos issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.