Asbestos in Roofing Materials

A recent remediation project at a daycare centre in Southwestern Ontario can serve as a reminder that asbestos really can appear virtually anywhere in a home from floor to ceiling – and even on top of that.

A Historical Problem
The daycare centre in Wingham, Ontario, has been housed in a building that has proved to be problematic over the years. Among other issues, it is believed that the roofing material – which was last replaced in 1976 – may contain asbestos. The county will pick up most of the costs of the roofing project.

The good news is that the authorities looking for a bid on the contract are already factoring in the possibility of asbestos removal into their call for tenders. As a home or property owner, if the building in question was constructed before the mid-1980s, there is a strong possibility it contains asbestos in one form or another. You need to take that into account whenever you are considering renovations or any installation that involved cutting into walls, ceilings, or floors.

When it comes to roofing tiles, asbestos is most often mixed with other materials. You may find asbestos or ACM (asbestos containing materials) in many areas of roofing.

  • Roofing Felt – a sheeting material made of thick compressed asbestos that can be used under shingles, or to build up a flat roof, often with asphalt
  • Roofing Shingles – often mixed with concrete in corrugated tiles, or with asphalt in flat tiles
  • Roofing tar – asbestos was often added to roofing tar mixtures to improve waterproofing and add a fire retardant
  • Sealants – no matter what type of tile or shingle was used, caulking and other roofing and window sealants may have also contained asbestos

The good news is that ACM used as roofing material is generally rated with a low friability rate, meaning that it is made to be durable and not deteriorate over time into inhalable dust. However, these materials were last used between the 1920s and the late 1970s, meaning they are already more than four decades old. The materials mixed with the asbestos may be deteriorating, leaving the asbestos itself to crumble.

What About Your Old House?
You love your old home, but there’s no denying that older buildings do require regular maintenance and, even though asbestos and ACM may have been installed decades ago, and have remained intact until now, the clock is ticking on all the materials and structures around the asbestos. How will you know exactly when it starts to crumble and create dust?

Don’t take the chance.

If you have asbestos or asbestos containing materials in your home, we can help. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call 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 Dangers – The Real Stats

A recent incident reported by police in the Delta area of British Columbia says it all. A routine traffic stop this summer netted a driver a number of tickets. First, there were 12 people stuffed into a van meant to hold six. On top of that, in the cargo box next to two of the passengers was a pile of loose asbestos contaminated material.

Not only was this construction company putting their own employees at risk, the cops that made the stop were put at risk, and wherever they were going to dump it, the people who live in the vicinity would also be at risk of asbestos exposure.

Shady construction and even unscrupulous asbestos removal companies show up routinely in the news. With that kind of uneducated attitude, it’s no wonder that asbestos is the leading cause of workplace deaths in Canada and what’s more, fatalities have risen 60 percent between 2000 and 2012, the last years for which data is available. That assertion comes from Statistics Canada.

  • The number of people who die from asbestos exposure on the job represents more than a third of all workplace deaths.
  • The number is higher than those killed by highway accidents, fires, and chemical exposure put together.
  • It is by far the biggest cause of workplace related cancers, at over 70 percent.

The risk is real, and a careless attitude towards asbestos and how to deal with it carries real consequences.

What About Your Home?
The risk is real when you live in an older building – one built before the mid-1980s. Asbestos and asbestos containing materials can show up anywhere in your home literally from floor to ceiling tiles, basement pipe chasing to attic insulation.

But, that doesn’t mean you need to live in fear.

  • What all the situations in the news, and the unfortunate cases of workplace mesothelioma, have in common, is that workers were exposed to asbestos unknowingly or in ignorance of its dangerous potential.
  • They were not made aware of the dangers, and not educated on how to protect themselves.

In your own home, you can take control.

Let Us Help
If you have asbestos or asbestos containing materials in your home, we can help. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call 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, Explosions & Due Diligence

Everyone in the GTA remembers the Sunrise Propane explosion that rocked North York a decade ago in 2008. In the wake of the blast, a toxic rain of debris – including asbestos dust – fell on the neighbourhood for days.

The Sunrise Court Saga
In July 2018, the Superior Court recently upheld the original conviction and sentence against Sunrise Propane, which included a $5.3 million in fines for breaches of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The company had appealed the original decision of November 2017.

In the case of R. v. Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc. 2017 ONSC 6954, Ontario (Ministry of Labour and Ministry of the Environment) v. Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc. et al., 2013 ONCJ 358, the decision by the court emphasized the responsibilities of any business whose operations are dangerous to public health and the environment. In this case, asbestos dust exposure was a byproduct of an environmentally unsafe situation.

What Happened?
Superior Propane was a refill station where truck to truck propane transfers took place. In 2006, truck to truck transfers were prohibited. In 2007, the company received an exemption to the prohibition, provided they upgrade their facilities. In 2008, when the explosion occurred, the upgrades still ween’t done, and truck to track transfers were still taking place.

The explosion happened when a leak occurred as a transfer was going on. The blast sent a variety of contaminants into the air and the surrounding neighbourhood, and that’s where the bulk of the charges were laid. That includes,

  • asbestos,
  • heat,
  • gas vapour,
  • dust,
  • metals,
  • other debris.

To add insult to injury, so to speak, the company failed to act on an order to remediate the property, meaning some of those contaminants lingered in the area for years afterwards.

Don’t Take Chances!
What can a homeowner take away from this story? Due diligence is a legal term, but what it boils down to is simply this: if you’re doing something that is potentially dangerous, you need to take the right precautions for your – and everyone’s – safey. It’s a legal obligation, but it’s also plain common sense.

At GreenStream Environmental, we deal with that aspect of our business every day. If you have asbestos in your home, you need professional, expert help, and a reputable company that will get the job done, and dispose of any asbestos or asbestos containing materials properly.

We can help.

If you have asbestos or asbestos containing materials in your home, we can help. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call 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.

Update That (Asbestos Riddled) Popcorn Ceiling

So you’ve bought an older home in the GTA, or perhaps you already own one, and while you love a lot of things about it, there is the matter of that outdated, bumpy plaster ceiling.

It’s hard to believe now, but popcorn ceilings – those textured, by now often discoloured plaster and stucco treatments – were once all the rage. They were thought to be easy to maintain and to hide minor imperfections in the ceiling surface.

What exactly is a “popcorn ceiling”?
Popcorn ceilings and other textured wall treatments were already in use in the 1920s, but as a fad, they reached their peak between the 1960s and 1980s. Nowadays, they certainly make a room look dated. Dust and smoke over the years can make them look dirty and yellowed, and they can trap dust, spiderwebs, and other dirt.

You may also know they as an acoustic ceiling or even a cottage cheese ceiling. The treatment, which was sprayed on, was often used in bedrooms, hallways, and living rooms. For decades, the effect was produced by mixing plaster with asbestos, which was then was sprayed onto the ceiling, or plastered by hand.

Why asbestos? It was added for two reasons.

  • First, it does provide some acoustic insulation.
  • Second, it is fireproof and was thought to be a safety feature.

When should you be concerned?
The answer is a little fuzzy. Technically, manufacturing most asbestos containing materials or ACM was banned in Canada in 1979. However, existing inventories of ACM were exempt from the ban, and asbestos continued to find its way into construction projects until the early 1990s.

Not all popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. Once the existing stock ran out in the early to mid-1990s, the texture was produced with a paper-based product. Even so, the ceiling treatment ran out of favour by about the same time.

  • The important thing to remember is – you won’t be able to tell whether it contains asbestos or not just by looking at it.

Please don’t try DIY
You may be tempted to remove it yourself, but we – and any asbestos expert you will ask – strongly caution you against a DIY popcorn ceiling removal. Scraping the material off will necessarily produce the friable dust that can enter the lungs and eventually cause health problems, including deadly mesothelioma.

  • Removing a popcorn ceiling safely requires special equipment that produces minimal dust and incorporates a double filtration system to keep even that bit of dust well contained.
  • Also Note – even though, if you are working on your own home, you are not required by law to perform an asbestos or other hazardous material assessment, you ARE still required by law to properly and safely contain, transport, and dispose of any asbestos containing material waste and you are liable for anyone else’s asbestos exposure.

We Can Help
If you have a popcorn ceiling or any other asbestos containing materials in your home, we can help. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call 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.

We’ve Been Named One Of The Top 25 Asbestos Blogs On The Internet!

We’ve been in the asbestos removal and remediation business for a long time. We set up this blog as an informational feature for our clients and others to highlight important issues, the risks, and more about this dangerous mineral.

What it Means
The list was compiled by Feedspot, a content reader. What is a content reader, you ask? It’s a website that can help you organize your reading from the web. If you’re typical, you read content from a variety of different sources. At Feedspot, you can add blogs, news and RSS feeds, YouTube channels and other social media sites, so that you can keep on top of your favourite topics all at one spot – like asbestos. It will even keep track of what you’ve read and what you have left to peruse.

You can also opt for a daily digest of your favourite topics and news delivered right to your email address.

The Feedspot blog looks at top blogs and YouTube channels, divided into categories that cover a broad range of topics. Their editorial team does extensive searches to find the best blogs on different topics, and that’s where this list comes from. It’s rated according to:

  • Blog content quality
  • Post consistency
  • Age of the blog
  • Average number of shares on social sites for blog posts
  • Traffic to the blog and more..

Many thanks to Feedspot for putting us on the list!

It’s Our Job
Asbestos removal is our job and our calling. We’re very honoured to have been selected as one of the Top 25 Asbestos Blogs On The Internet and it’s very encouraging to get this kind of recognition for our efforts to keep our customers and others up to date on asbestos news.

We appreciate all our customers and the goodwill we’ve been shown.

If you have asbestos or vermiculite insulation tainted with asbestos in your home, we can help. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call 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.

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.

Asbestos Worries After Fire

The residents of an Eastern Ontario building complex are concerned about asbestos contamination after a fire at the building.

Last month, a row housing complex in Nepean was virtually gutted by a fire. Naturally, the residents had to be evacuated, but after the fire inspectors were done, any items that were salvaged from the burnt out building were returned to them.

There’s only one problem: possible asbestos contamination.

Asbestos Contamination
Residents raised the alarm after items were returned. Were they contaminated with asbestos? And why was there no information about the situation coming from the landlord?

The concern is warranted. At a meeting with the local fire department, residents described getting back belongings that were covered in insulation fibres, black sludge, ash and more. A fire restoration contractor had been hired for the clean-up, and authorities said the contractor had been advised of the presence of asbestos before the salvage operation began, and had been provided with the asbestos report.

At issue seems to be how the contractor used that information, but the landlord company issued a statement after the meeting that said, in part, “rest assured that the items retrieved and returned to you have been treated by [the contractor] comply with safety standards and are therefore safe to use.”

The Problem
If a building contains asbestos, then the material is considered safe as long as it is intact. However, renovations, or a devastating fire like this one, which destroys the material.

  • Deterioration of asbestos containing materials produces dust;
  • Asbestos dust can be inhaled into the lungs, which is the cause of many lung diseases, including cancer and deadly mesothelioma.

We Can Help
If you are thinking of renovating, or if you have experienced a flood, fire, or other damage to your home, you can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of the issue for you. 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.

Transite Sheeting – an Asbestos Containing Material

The news this past week of demolition work on hold in BC is a timely reminder of the potential dangers of asbestos containing materials – or ACM.

Demolition of a nursery in British Columbia was put on hold by WorkSafe BC because of the suspected presence of asbestos. Specifically, the stop work order lists the presence of Transite sheeting which was found near two of the greenhouses. It turns out that there had been no prior inspection of the premises for hazardous substances like asbestos.

What is Transite sheeting?
Transite is the brand name for a product type that was developed and first sold in 1929 by Johns-Manville product. Transite contains a mixture of concrete and asbestos for a variety of applications. Transite used for electrical ducts, for example, contained 15-25% chrysotile asbestos, 45-55% Portland cement and 25-35% silica.

Adding asbestos to the composite material strengthened the cement and allowed the material to be rolled into very thin sheets without sacrificing its stability. That meant it could be formed and used for many different products, including boards and piping. Transite can be found in a wide variety of areas, including;

  • siding
  • roof shingles
  • furnace flues
  • chimneys
  • HVAC systems
  • plumbing
  • walk-in coolers

As with any ACM, the material is considered safe as long as it is intact. However the age of any asbestos containing Transite nowadays along with outside factors such as fire, flood or even renovations can create dangerous asbestos dust which can be inhaled.

Asbestos was phased out of use in Transite in the 1980s. It should be noted, however, that it still contains crystalline silica, which is itself a respiratory hazard.

Let Us Help
If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, you can’t afford to cut corners or “save money” while you damage your health and that of your family if the material is disturbed in any way. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue 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.