Asbestos, The Law, And You

This blog has covered many cases in Toronto, the GTA and beyond involving incompetent and unethical asbestos removal companies and operations, and the dangers they pose. But, what happens when you are the property owner? What are your obligations when it comes to asbestos in construction and renovation projects?

Ontario law specifies several designated substances along with asbestos, including acrylonitrile, arsenic, benzene, coke oven emissions, ethylene oxide, isocyanates, lead, mercury, silica, and vinyl chloride.

In the province of Ontario, the law regulating asbestos is called O.Reg. 278/05—Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations. Unlike some other provinces, the Ontario asbestos law makes a distinction between homeowners and landlords.

If you own a property,

  • Of more than four units;
  • Where you and your family members do not live.

Here, the law it clearly spelled out.

• Before beginning a project, the owner shall determine whether any designated substances are present at the project site and shall prepare a list of all designated substances at the site.
• The owner shall ensure that a prospective constructor of a project on the owner’s property has received a copy of the designated substance assessment.
• The owner who fails to comply with Section 30 is liable to the constructor and every contractor who suffers any loss or damages as the result of the subsequent discovery on the project of a designated substance that the owner ought reasonably to have known of but that not listed in the designated substance report.

However, if you own the property you live in, you are excluded from that obligation. The law specifically excludes the following:

(4) This Regulation does not apply to an owner of a private residence occupied by the owner or the owner’s family or to an owner of a residential building that contains not more than four dwelling units, one of which is occupied by the registered owner or family of the registered owner. O. Reg. 278/05, s. 2 (4).

Homeowners Beware
Exclusion from that specific part of the law doesn’t mean you’re off the hook, however. If you are plannning on renovations or any installation that will involve cutting into walls, ceilings or floors, you should be aware of possible legal liability.

Make no mistake – the exclusion does not remove legal liability you may incur as a home or property owner if someone is exposed to asbestos on your premises.

So, you’ve got contractors at your home and they discover asbestos in your attic. They sue. You’ve got homeowner’s liability insurance to take care of that, right?

Wrong again. Let’s talk about the Asbestos Exclusion.

The “Asbestos Exclusion”
Since the 1970s, when the threat of asbestos finally came to be widely known, property insurance companies have included a standard Asbestos Exclusion in their policies as a matter of routine. In short, it means they refuse liability for any damages caused by asbestos in your home.

The clause has been tested by court law, notably a case called 1604945 Ontario Inc. v. Lloyd’s Underwriters, [2010] where two landlords were sued by tenants for asbestos exposure that resulted from renovations. The respondents tried to involve their insurance coverage, and the insurance company successfully defended the exclusion. That means, when it comes to asbestos, you are on your own.

What Can You Do?
As a homeowner, if you plan on renovations, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself.

  • Review your insurance policy, and if necessary, discuss it with your agent or broker.
  • If you are a landlord, you should get legal advice from your lawyer.
  • Find out whether you have asbestos (or any other hazardous substances) on your property with a certified inspection.
  • An asbestos removal procedure provides true peace of mind.

That’s Where We Come In
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.

Avoiding Asbestos Exposure

According to the most recent statistics from StatsCan, the number of cases of cancer caused by asbestos exposure is on the rise. Despite the fact that the federal government is moving towards an official ban, the results of asbestos exposure take decades to manifest themselves. That means it will get worse before it gets better.

The first cases of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure cancer that came to light were largely the result of industrial and work exposure, and then there was another wave from the families of those workers who inhaled asbestos fibres from their clothes. The so-called third wave of asbestos victims is now coming from exposure to asbestos from existing structures – often from DIY renovations.

If your home was built before the mid-1980s, there is a good possibility it contains asbestos in some form. Here are some tips on how to avoid it.

  • Be aware that asbestos may be located virtually anywhere in your home from floor tiles to ceiling tiles, textured paints and popcorn ceilings, often mixed with other materials such as linoleum or cement.
  • Asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) are considered safe as long as they are intact.
  • Anything, however, that damages or disturbs the material, which can include home renovations, home theatre stereo or security system installation, floods, and fires, can release the dust which can be inhaled.

Avoiding Asbestos
Keep these points in mind:

  • Know where there is asbestos in your home by getting an inspection from a certified business.
  • Those areas will need to be monitored on a regular basis for damage and deterioration.
  • If you are planning renovations or installations that will involve cutting into walls or other structures, that asbestos inspection is doubly important.
  • The safest way forward is to let our experienced asbestos removal technicians take care of the problem efficiently.

Asbestos In Your Home?
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 And Freezing Temperatures

Asbestos was once thought of as a miracle construction material. It certainly has many qualities that make it seem nearly indestructible. Even so, extreme cold can wreak havoc on buildings and materials — including those containing asbestos.

The recent polar vortex and the icy cold air it has brought to the GTA was a nasty surprise for December, especially after a spate of milder weather. Those extremely cold temperatures bring with them a slew of dangers from dangerous driving conditions to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos – The Danger When It Freezes

When pipes freeze over and burst, the resulting flooding can cause damage to ACM or asbestos containing materials. Historically, any structure built before the mid-1980s may have ACM present in a wide range of place such as:

  • ceiling tiles,
  • popcorn ceilings,
  • floor tiles,
  • and pipe insulation within walls.

Materials that are intact are deemed safe, however, damage from extreme weather, natural disasters, and even simple renovations can expose asbestos and cause the deadly dust which can be inhaled into the lungs.

One GTA school recently experienced that very situation recently. Asbestos removal was completed at Bishop Scalibrini School in Mississauga over the holiday break after a burst water pipe exposed ACM in flooring. When it was removed, the asbestos was said to be “non-friable” — meaning it was still wet or contained within a compound with other substances.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has called for a complete ban on asbestos in schools, issuing a media release at the time that said,

“We are concerned for our members, students and school communities as asbestos-containing materials such as ceiling tiles and pipe insulation can be present in aging school buildings within view and within reach.”

Asbestos In Your Home?

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, Old Pipes, And Mother Nature

Most of the time, when it comes to asbestos, the danger comes from dust – friable asbestos that can be inhaled. That’s where a large part of the asbestos problem lies. But, did you know that asbestos is also problematic when you ingest it through the digestive system? There, it can cause peritoneal mesothelioma.

  • According to EPA guidelines in the US, under the Safe Drinking Water Act, asbestos levels should be 7 million fibers per liter (MFL) or lower.
  • The risk at higher levels was once thought to be limited to benign intestinal polyps, but recent studies have suggested that asbestos in drinking water can increase the risk of cancer, including mesothelioma.

Asbestos In Old Pipes
Asbestos was added to cement in the belief that it would make a longer lasting material – ideal for public water systems. So it was thought, and the practice continued starting in about the 1930s for decades until there were regulations against it came into place.

As with any other asbestos containing material, it is considered safe as long as it remains intact. However, as it deteriorates, asbestos can leach into the water.

There is also a risk in the case of natural disasters. That’s the possibility residents of towns in Texas and California have had to face in the wake of the catastrophic flooding and fires that have occurred earlier this year. In the case of fires, toxic ash contaminated with asbestos fibres is yet another risk, one that can be inhaled or even end up in streams that feed into the water supply.

The problem of asbestos in pipes is widespread throughout North America. The pipes laid in the 1930s were thought to have about a 70 year lifespan and many have not been replaced. Never mind disasters – how long will it be before they simply start to crumble with age? In some cases, there have been issues since the 1980s.

What can you do?

  • A water filtration system, even the simple variety that can be attached to a household faucet, can help protect you from asbestos contamination and other impurities.

Asbestos In Your Home?
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.

High-Tech Construction Methods – The End of Mould?

High-tech housing is cropping up all over the GTA, and it’s interesting to look at the new techniques and features. Many problems that we deal with in our business are caused or worsened by old construction methods and materials – like asbestos. Mould is another problem that can be worsened by the typical issues associated with an older home – old windows and doors, aging roofing, and more.

Along with energy efficiency, when it comes to newer construction methods, there is the potential to minimize the conditions that lead to mould infestation.

Construction Innovation
Rethinking structural and design aspects can make a big difference. The design looks at each element in context.

  • The windows are placed to take advantage of natural light. This keeps the home warmer, saving on energy costs for heating as well as lighting.
  • A high performance building envelope can reduce heating and cooling costs drastically.
  • A steel rather than wood frame is resistant to rot and mould.

What makes the difference? It’s moisture retention. Wood can retain moisture, while steel does not. If moisture can sneak into the building through any opening, it can linger on wood. Wherever moisture lingers for even 24 to 48 hours, mould spores can grow.

What About My Home?
You may not want or be able to move to a brand new steel frame home. But, you can still take measures to minimize the effect of wood + moisture in your own home or property.

  • Install energy efficient windows – this prevents condensation build-up, and therefore moisture build-up.
  • If your window frames are wooden, install metal, vinyl or fibreglass clad frames.
    Add or replace weatherstripping to ensure an optimal seal around windows and doors.
  • Inspect and replace shingles, flashings, and drip edges as needed.

Anywhere that moisture can come in and linger, there is the danger of mould.

We Can Help
If you 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.

Winterizing Tips: Reduce Your Exposure To Mould

We’ve been lucky enough to avoid the worst of winter weather so far here in Toronto and the GTA, but still, we all know there’s no escaping the inevitable. Winter will come, and with it, cold, damp weather that can bring on a slew of problems, including mould.

Here are some tips on what to incorporate into your home winterizing routine to avoid mould growth and the health problems it can cause.

Your Furnace
When you first start up the furnace after a nice long summer, it’s not unusual to notice a bit of a musty smell. If it lasts less than a day, it’s typically just the dust that has accumulated through the warmer season. It burns off pretty quickly, and changing the air filters will help.

  • If the must odour persists, then it may be mould. Sometimes, air conditioning systems can cause condensation to build up in the air ducts. Mould may start to grow, and then disperse throughout your home. A duct cleaning may be in order, along with mould removal procedures.

Avoid Leaks
Regularly inspecting your home and then repairing any leaks and deficiencies promptly will save you a lot of time and money getting rid of mould and its after effects later on.

  • Make sure your roof is sound – look for stained, curling, worn or missing shingles.
  • Check the eavestroughing – make sure gutters are clear and any downspouts flow away from the house.
  • Inspect any siding or other outside wall covering to ensure integrity – look for cracks or gaps in the siding material, brick or mortar.
  • Inspect windows for leaks, and fill in any gaps with VOC-free sealant.

Other Considerations:

  • Make sure your dryer is venting outside, and that the vent is kept clear;
  • Make sure attics and basements are free of leaks.

Avoiding moisture build-up is the key to avoiding mould growth.

We Can Help
If you 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.

Avoiding Asbestos Exposure in Extreme Weather

From earthquakes to hurricanes, the state of the globe has been in the news all year long. The most violent weather events may take place far from the GTA, but even so, all year, the weather story has been one of sudden temperature changes, heavy rainstorms, high winds and even flooding. Many natural events have the potential to cause damage to your home that can result in asbestos exposure.

  • Rain leakage around windows and doors;
  • Flooding, roof leaking;
  • Wind damage, wear and tear around windows and doors;
  • And more.

The Danger: Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos – or asbestos containing materials (ACM) – may be present in your home from floor to ceiling tiles, window and door sealant, pipe chasing, and much more. While ACM is considered safe while it is intact, flooding and other damage can wear away the other materials, leaving only asbestos fibres to crumble and become friable (or inhalable).

If you have unexpected damage to your home or property, built before the mid-1980s, then you should proceed with caution. Stay as far away as possible from any potentially ACM loaded debris, and call us for help as soon as you can.

  • It is difficult to determine the asbestos content of any material just by looking at it – don’t try to eyeball it;
  • Try NOT to disturb any debris;
  • Try to contain the area until you can get professional help – close up the room and try to block any airways; a plastic tarp may help (but don’t get too close to the debris);
  • If the debris is dry, you can try to keep it wet to avoid creating dust;
  • If you have been in the same room before containing the debris, take off all clothing at the door and seal it in a plastic bag until you can launder it.

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.

The Mould That Closed A Museum

Mould is a serious threat to human and animal health, and it can also cause extensive and costly damage to buildings. In Ottawa, the discovery of mould had huge consequences for a national institution.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum is reopening on November 17, 2017 to much fanfare. The museum has been closed since 2014 after the discovery of toxic mould triggered a huge remediation and restoration project.

The Project
The mould removal project came to be part of an $80.5 million renovation and upgrade investment. The project involved several components,

  • Mould removal;
  • Replacement of the roof;
  • Other physical upgrades.

The second point is particularly important. If you’re not going to fix the problem and ensure it won’t repeat, then you’re going to end up in a never ending cycle of mould infestation.

  • Inspection, maintenance, and permanent repairs to any issues are your keys to avoiding mould in the first place.

It really can’t be overemphasized. You don’t save yourself money by delaying needed repairs – you’re costing yourself more later on when it comes to not only the mould removal process, but replacing whatever has been damaged by it.

After clearing the air of toxic mould spores, the 7,400-square-metre (80,000-square-foot) Museum will feature a new interactive exhibit on the five senses, called “Medical Sensations”. The show is based on the plans that were already on the books in 2014 when mould put the brakes on it.

A Leaky Roof Makes Headlines
When the mould was first discovered, it made for dramatic national headlines as the building was abruptly evacuated. It’s apparent that the Museum’s staff took the threat of mould exposure seriously. One spokes person noted that overall mould exposure is on the rise in what they called an “age of mould.” Identifying the mould isn’t really necessary. As one expert put it bluntly, “No mould that grows on a building material is good for you.”

The cause of the Museum’s woes were one that many home and property owners will empathize with – a leaky roof. Water can wander in any direction in a home, and end up in the attic, behind walls and between floors where you don’t see it.

  • You may notice a persistent musty odour that may seem to come from a specific location, or may seem more general in terms of dispersion;
  • Once it has gotten into your HVAC system, the mould spores can show up anywhere in your home;
  • You may notice physical symptoms such as persistent itchy eyes, nose, and throat, coughing or other respiratory issues.

We Can Help
If your home contains mould, 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.

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.

Find out more at:

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.