Controversy Over Asbestos Removal Firm in the Big Apple

The Domino Sugar Plant sits on Brooklyn’s storied waterfront on a 12-acre site on the East River. It’s s centuries old plant and it comes as no surprise that a development firm looking to renovate the site has recently contracted a company for asbestos removal services.

What is surprising – and infuriating – is their specific choice of company.  New York Insulation, based on Queens, has a questionable record (and that’s putting it mildly!) when it comes to both labour and safety related issues.

Barred From Public Contracts
While a spokesperson for the firm notes they’ve been in business for more than two decades and are fully insured, critics point out that the firm has already been barred from doing any public projects because of complaints that it cheated its workers out of their rightful pay — a charge they pleaded guilty to just last year.

That may be of particular concern to unions but their record on safety is just as spotty — with no less than 110 citations for unsafe asbestos remediation practices by the state Department of Labor in the last several years, including failure to wet asbestos to minimize the release of inhalable (or friable) asbestos fibres, improper storage and failure to ensure that employees were wearing protective gear.

The developer claims that violations are “common” for any company in this field. Don’t believe it!

We Take Safety Seriously
At GreenStream, we take all aspects of the asbestos remediation and removal business very serious — especially safety concerns. You can be guaranteed that our asbestos technicians are certified, seasoned experts. Talk to us – we service hospitals, school boards, warehouses, office buildings – anywhere commercial asbestos is found in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) along with private homes. Worker safety is important, because if we can’t take care of our employees, how can we ensure the safety of our work sites and our clients too? Playing fast and loose with asbestos just doesn’t cut it.

If your home or property was built before 1970, it’s likely to contain asbestos in one form or another and you can’t always tell ‘just by looking’. If you suspect the presence of asbestos on your property, you need professional help.

Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for a quote today.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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: The Extra Step in Renovations

The construction methods and tenets of decades past continue to haunt the present when it comes time for needed changes. Whether it concerns a private home, public or private institution, the presence of asbestos is adding an extra step to renovations and even simple building maintenance.

In the 1960’s the Regal Constellation Hotel & Convention Centre was a jewel of Toronto’s airport strip, a busy and popular destination in its own right. After a couple of renovations over the years, its latest owners decided the complex’s upkeep was no longer worth the effort. Let’s face it, the construction methods of that decade were not designed for longevity and the architectural style often looks dated.

Today that once bustling hub is a parking lot. The demolition process was necessarily complicated by asbestos in various places; in fact, about half of the workers on site at any given time were asbestos abatement workers. In another project, a student centre belonging to Victoria University (University of Toronto) on Charles Street was also complicated by asbestos remediation. It was a significant consideration in both projects.

Nowadays, asbestos remediation has to be part of the equation when it comes to any planned renovations or changes to older buildings whether public or private. Fire resistant, waterproof and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once considered a ‘miracle’ construction material.

Be Aware
If your home was built before the 1970’s, you should assume that it contains asbestos in one form or another. Because it can easily be mixed with other materials like vinyl in flooring and cement in tiling, it may show up in a wide range of areas in your home, including:

  • Roofing tiles
  • Siding
  • Insulation (as vermiculite)
  • Around windows & doors as caulking
  • Wall panels
  • Textured paints
  • Textured ceiling (popcorn ceilings)\
  • And more!

While the health effects of asbestos exposure – including mesothelioma and other lung cancers – was not known for decades, it’s now well established and no amount of exposure to breathable asbestos fibres is considered ‘safe’. Asbestos is a significant consideration when making any renovations and definitely not something you can leave till the last minute.

  • Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive.
  • You should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration.
  • It will be crucial information when you do any renovations and disturbing a previously contained area may necessitate asbestos removal.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos remediation or removal quote today.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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.

Hospital Renovations Include Asbestos Remediation

The Georgetown Hospital west of Toronto is undergoing a significant renovation project. It’s designed to bring the Hospital’s facilities into the future with up to date equipment but ironically, the project involves dealing with an old issue – asbestos.

The large construction project involves outfitting a new emergency department and diagnostic imaging department, including a 17,000 square foot addition. The $9 million project naturally involves a great deal of high tech equipment for both of those departments and the addition will be a steel construction clad in masonry and linked to the existing hospital building.

Healthcare construction is a unique field, especially in our post-SARS world, where there are strict requirements for infection prevention in the construction methods themselves. Renovations to the old portions of the hospital include gutting the interior for retrofits to accommodate new equipment and something you might not expect – asbestos remediation.

As any public or private building constructed before the 1970’s, asbestos remains a lingering issue. Asbestos management is regulated in public buildings and the hospital administration was well aware of where the material was located as well as maintaining a schedule of inspections to check that it’s still intact.

Be Aware
When it comes to the deadly results of asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma and other lung cancers, the results are already in. No amount of exposure is considered safe.

Asbestos in a mixture is considered safe as long as that mixture is intact. The danger comes when it deteriorates and crumbles and becomes airborne – or friable.

  • Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive.
  • You should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration.
  • Just as it was for the hospital, it will be crucial information when you do any renovations.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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 on Mars or at Home

With all the drama of the politics and the true tragedy of its victims, it’s perhaps fitting that the penultimate chapter in Canada’s history of asbestos mining should have a surreal touch.

The giant Jeffrey Mine located in Asbestos, Quebec is set to close following the newly elected provincial government’s move to cancel the loan pledged by its precedessors. It is still open at the moment, however, as its operations wind down.

However there may be other uses for the stripped landscape the mining produced. The vast mining operation recently hosted a group of scientists for a simulated Mars mission. The exercise was set up by Canada’s space agency.

“There are definitely areas (on Mars) that are much more like what we have at Jeffrey Mine,” Ed Cloutis, a University of Winnipeg professor who participated in the project was quoted in news reports.

Fire resistant, waterproof and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once considered a miracle construction material. It wasn’t until decades later that its effects on health, particularly mesothelioma and other lung diseases, were seen and its uses in construction banned. Like the gaping mine that’s being put to sleep, however, asbestos didn’t just disappear and we’re still dealing with its after effects.

Be Aware
When it comes to the deadly results of asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma and other lung cancers, the results are already in. No amount of exposure is considered safe.

Many of the residential uses of asbestos actually involve asbestos in a mixture and is considered safe as long as that mixture is intact. The danger comes when it deteriorates and crumbles and becomes airborne – or friable.

  • Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive.
  • You should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration.
  • It will be crucial information when you do any renovations.

Go Asbestos Free
While it’s been banned from residential uses since the 1970’s, if you have a house built before that date you should assume that it contains asbestos somewhere too. The best protection for you and your family is permanent asbestos removal or containment.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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.

A Historic Property with Familiar Issues: Asbestos & Mould

A battle is raging for the preservation of a historic property in the Toronto area, and like so many of the older, picturesque properties a lot of us love, it features some problems homeowners may recognize.

Stouffville Council is considering both sides of the debate in deciding about what to do with the so-called Bartholomew house on rural property that is part of a 260 acre parcel recently bought by Adena Stallions, a company owned by well-known entrepreneur Frank Stronach. The company plans to grow feed for race horses on the farmland.

On one side, a consultant’s report lists a number of serious issues including mould infestation, possible asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paint, a triumvirate of the construction ills of the last century.

The local Heritage Advisory Committee, however, disagrees with the findings and has produced their own consultant’s report that claims the property is structurally sound and can be made habitable again despite its problems.

If the building is kept intact, there’s no doubt that the remediation work required would be extensive, including asbestos removal and mould removal.

Older Homes = Older Problems
Asbestos
was once considered a miracle construction material and if your home was built before 1970, you should assume that it contains asbestos in one form or another. It can appear in a number of places and in mixtures with other materials, among them:

  • Around windows
  • Insulation
  • Wall panels
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • And more

When it comes to mould
You don’t actually have to see mould for it to be flourishing and it can grow in your home no matter what its age. It’s actually more common for it to exist inside walls, around windows and in basements – all the places where leaks can happen and moisture can collect – where you probably won’t be aware of it until you feel the symptoms which can include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Coughing and phlegm build-up
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Allergic reactions

We Can Help!
Our experienced mould and asbestos removal experts can help.

For the Health of You & Your Family
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental at (416) 818-9414.

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.

CCS to Study Workplace Cancers – Including Mesothelioma

From asbestos to lead paint and beyond, the Canadian Cancer Society is putting $1 million towards a long term study of 44 cancer causing materials in the workplace. With prevention as a goal, the four-year study looks to provide data that links workplace exposure to those known or suspected cancer causing agents and 27 forms of cancer. The human and economic costs will be the focus of their conclusions and researchers hope the results will actually quantify for the first time the threat of these serious workplace illnesses in this country.

Dr Paul Demers, director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre and leader of the team of scientists, epidemiologists and health economists that will undertake the research hopes the data will go into rethinking regulations on workplace hazards. “At the end of the study we will have solid data which will ultimately help guide industry leaders and policy makers to decide where to change, strengthen or enforce regulations on workplace exposures in order to help prevent workplace-related cancers,” explained Dr. Paul Demers in a statement.

Asbestos Exposure
When it comes to the deadly results of asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma and other lung cancers, the results are already in. No amount of exposure is considered safe although the study will help to provide hard data as to the actual rates of cancer that result from it; one of the goals of the study is to provide estimates of the future incidence of illness in specific workplace situations.

Be Aware
Many of the residential uses of asbestos actually involve asbestos in a mixture and is considered safe as long as that mixture is intact. The danger comes when it deteriorates and crumbles and becomes airborne – or friable.

  • Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive.
  • You should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration.
  • It will be crucial information when you do any renovations.

Go Asbestos Free
While it’s been banned from residential uses since the 1970’s, if you have a house built before that date you should assume that it contains asbestos somewhere too. The best protection for you and your family is permanent asbestos removal or containment.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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.

Public Asbestos Registry Proposed

A new poll taken by the Canadian Cancer Society shows that a whopping 82% majority of Canadians believe there should be a public registry of all buildings containing asbestos – including private homes.

The Canadian Medical Association is joining them in urging the federal government to take this step towards managing the risks of exposure to asbestos that remains from the heyday of its use on a nationwide scale.

The Miracle Mineral
Fire and heat resistant and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once looked upon as a miracle material that revolutionized the construction business. Asbestos was also found to have soundproofing properties, leading to a whole new set of uses. At one time, asbestos was found in multiple areas in an average home both inside and out, including:

  • Roofing materials
  • Siding
  • Windows
  • Wall panels
  • Insulation
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • And more!

Since its effects on our health take decades to develop, asbestos was widely used in all sorts of public and private buildings for much of the 20th century. It’s estimated that it was used as insulation in 240,000 homes – and that’s just one of the many places you’ll find it. While it’s been banned from most residential uses since the 1970’s, North America still has not eliminated its usage outright and of course it lingers on in the many older buildings that still exist across the continent.

The Proposal
What the Canadian Cancer Society is calling for would involve a central public registry that would be free and easily accessible to anyone. It would include information about all private and publicly owned buildings which contain asbestos. The goal of course is to minimize exposure and certainly to eliminate inadvertent exposure to workers or homeowners renovating their properties.

“We know all forms of asbestos cause cancer and creating a public registry is a crucial first step in making sure Canadians are not exposed to this harmful substance,” says Dan Demers, Director, Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society in a media release. “Once it’s known that a building contains asbestos then appropriate action can be taken to protect people from this substance.”

Be Aware
Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive. With or without a public registry, you should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration. It will be crucial information when you do any renovations.

Go Asbestos Free
While it’s been banned from residential uses since the 1970’s, if you have a house built before that date you should assume that it contains asbestos somewhere too. The best protection for you and your family is permanent asbestos removal or containment.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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.

Home Inspection Standards & Asbestos

The province of Ontario is looking to follow the example of Alberta and British Columbia in creating a universal set of standards for home inspectors to follow. As pointed out in a recent column by Mike Holmes, the current non-system results in a situation where home buyers may not really know what it is they’re getting even after they’ve paid for a home inspection. Unfortunately, it can result in house buyers who get an unpleasant surprise when it comes to the presence of asbestos in their homes.

There is some leeway built into the process, to be sure. For instance, a home inspector can’t poke around behind furniture or open up walls, however, many issues don’t require invasive techniques to figure out. The existence of asbestos in particular can often be determined if you know what you’re looking for and that’s the key. If standards are established and followed properly, most of these instances won’t occur.

Asbestos Clues
When it comes to determining whether there is asbestos in your home or not, the first question should be – how old is the building? If it was built before the 1970’s, then you can probably be certain that it contains asbestos in one form or another. Some of the common places include:

  • As ceiling tiles – with the characteristic pattern of holes
  • Textured paints
  • In the form of a mixture used in wallboard and other uses – it was once commonly used for renovations and room additions

Even with improved across the board standards, there are still some areas which would require expert inspection, including:

  • Pipe chasing
  • Around windows
  • Inside walls

Even in cases where an inspector may not be able to know for certain that a home contains asbestos, a strong suspicion should warrant a warning or expert inspection.

Be Safe, Not Sorry
Fire resistant and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once considered a ‘miracle’ construction material. It was only after decades of exposure that the first signs of its health effects – including incurable mesothelioma – became evident.

Whether your home is a semi-detached or a condo in the sky, you need expert advice and an asbestos inspection before you buy. If you already own an older home, it’s equally important to be sure before you begin to renovate. It may appear inside the interior partition walls as a fire barrier or come in the form of wall sheeting -i.e. as part of a mixture. That type of asbestos containing material is considered safe as long as it’s in tact and you can’t inhale the fibres.

Asbestos may be managed or removed from inside the walls, but before you can manage it, you have to know exactly where it is.

Before you buy, call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services for an asbestos inspection. If you already own an older home, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services to help you contain and then rid yourself of this problem.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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

Rock Reject: New Novel Looks at Working in an Asbestos Mine

More and more artists and filmmakers are joining the voices that keep asbestos and its residual effects in the news. Rock Reject is a novel by author Jim Williams recently released on the Fernwood imprint. The story depicts life in a northern British Columbia asbestos mining town and the book has been called “disturbing, haunting” in a review.

In the story, a Toronto med student goes to work in the Stikine region of northern B.C. after his wife dies unexpectedly, deliberating taking what he knows to be a hard road in his grief. On arriving at the dusty mine, he learns most new recruits last only three weeks before quitting. The book is said to capture the crude, gloomy world of the asbestos mines and is based on the real life story of the town of Cassiar, now a ghost town. The former med student becomes a union crusader who brings up health risks and issues the company has tried to conceal.

Asbestos Risks
The effects of asbestos exposure aren’t fictional, of course. Hundreds of new cases of cancer caused by asbestos exposure are diagnosed in Ontario alone each year. We’re still dealing with the fallout from decades of unrestricted use. No doubt that’s why artists and writers continue to be drawn to the subject.

The material is considered safe as long as it’s in tact or in a mixture, however, once that material deteriorates, it can indeed release friable – or inhalable – asbestos particles into the air.

Go Asbestos Free
While it’s been banned from residential uses since the 1970’s, if you have a house built before that date you should assume that it contains asbestos somewhere too. It can show up in a variety of places both outdoors and indoors.

Be Aware
If you don’t opt for asbestos removal, just as public institutions keep tabs on it, you should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration. It will be crucial information when you do any renovations.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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 Luxury Properties

Much of the time, when a news story concerns asbestos found in a building, it’s dealing with an industrial or government property or an apartment complex. When we see luxury properties, we’re shown how fabulous the rooms and décor look after a renovation.  It’s not often we get a glimpse into the ‘before’ side of the picture when it comes to the haunts of the rich and famous.

The 840 square meter penthouse in the refurbished Toronto Four Seasons Hotel complex made headlines last year when it sold for a cool $28 million, becoming the most expensive condo sale in Canadian history. Even before the most recent set of renovations to the building as a whole, the Four Seasons was a well-known high end haunt of celebrities and other financially fortunate people; one of the hubs for sure fire celebrity sightings during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) each year. Let’s just say it was never a ‘down market’ building.

The renovations had to preserve the historic character of the penthouse while providing many needed upgrades. Among the many renovations to the penthouse you might be surprised at one – asbestos removal from inside the walls.

Asbestos in the Walls?

There are many places we’d typically look for asbestos in an older home (i.e. built before 1970). It may appear inside the interior partition walls as a fire barrier or come in the form of wall sheeting -i.e. as part of a mixture. That type of asbestos containing material is considered safe as long as it’s in tact and you can’t inhale the fibres.

Where you might find asbestos in the walls:

  • Beneath window panels
  • Panel behind electrical equipment
  • Partition walls (especially in an institution or public area like a hotel)
  • As sheeting in what were once called ‘wet rooms’ – toilets, pantries, laundry rooms
  • Asbestos sheeting was once very popular in home renovations and additions

Be Safe:

Whether your home is a semi-detached or a condo in the sky, you need expert advice and an asbestos inspection before you begin to renovate.

Fire resistant and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once considered a ‘miracle’ construction material. It was only after decades of exposure that the first signs of its health effects – including incurable mesothelioma – became evident.

  • The fact of the matter is that if a house was built before 1970, you have to assume that it contains asbestos, and it may appear in a wide variety of places.
  • If you’re planning on buying an older home, an asbestos inspection should be an essential part of your pre-purchase checklist.

Before you buy, call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services for an asbestos inspection. If you already own an older home, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services to help you contain and then rid yourself of this problem.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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