17K Realtor Listings Boast: No Popcorn Ceilings!

Here’s something you didn’t see years ago: realtor listings that make a point of mentioning ‘No Popcorn Ceilings!’ They’re outdated, they’re unsightly – and they might just pose an asbestos risk.

A recent tally on Realtor.com counted over 17,000 listings that touted ‘No popcorn ceilings!’ Once a fad, now a pariah, if you watch those home renovation shows on TV, you know that one of the first things people often tackle are these crumbly, bumpy popcorn ceilings that are founds in so many older homes.

Nowadays, it’s hard to understand why the irregularly textured look was ever so popular that it was virtually seen everywhere from lower end to even upscale homes.

How did they ever get to be so popular?

  • Basically, the popcorn ceiling is a mixture that is sprayed onto the ceiling.
  • It was first initiated as a cost and time saving practice in cheaper homes.
  • The sprayed compound could cover up irregularities and blemishes in the ceiling.

Because it was a shortcut, it was quickly adopted by the industry and became a widespread practice, and popcorn ceilings became extremely popular for about six decades between the 1930s and the 1990s. A popcorn ceiling is also sometimes called an acoustic ceiling. That’s because the thicker covering has some sound deadening properties.

A Dangerous Old Fashion
Nowadays, it just looks old. One problem is that all those crevices and bumps are also a great way to gather dust.

The bigger problem? That bumpy texture is often produced by mixing asbestos fibres in with the plaster.

  • If the material is left intact and is not disturbed, it is considered safe, however, the plaster portion of the mixture is now at least 25 to 30 years old – old enough to start deteriorating on its own, leaving hazardous asbestos fibres.
  • If you want to remove it, you are likewise creating dust and exposing yourself to asbestos fibres.
  • If you are fixing or removing light fixtures or ceiling fans, you can also end up creating dust that can result in asbestos exposure.

You need professional help!
If you have popcorn ceilings, or asbestos anywhere in your home, let us help with the next step: asbestos removal. 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 Removal in Historic Homes

An older home is a source of pride. They truly are a piece of history, and many feature distinctive design and architectural details that speak to their place in time. The silhouette of a Victorian townhouse is unmistakable, for example, as are the sleek bungalows of mid-century modernism.

Older vs. Historic Homes
When the house itself is of significant historic interest, either by reason of age, or perhaps it housed an important figure or event, the focus is on preservation rather than renovation. Instead of upgrades and renovations, maintenance is the key element that comes into play.

Historic homes can contain a wide variety of toxic materials that are now banned from residential construction, including asbestos along with lead. Asbestos might be found in a variety of places in a home that was built before the mid-1980s, including,

  • Roofing tiles;
  • Attic insulation (vermiculite);
  • Ceiling and floor tiles;
  • Wall panels;
  • Textured paints;
  • Textures “popcorn” ceilings;
  • And much more.

By definition, a historic building does contain asbestos in some form or another. The attempt to maintain time honoured features means constant vigilance.

  • It doesn’t take much for very old materials to crumble. Asbestos may be virtually indestructible, but the paint, vinyl, or other material it has been mixed with is not, and it will deteriorate over time no matter what.
  • The key is to document where the asbestos containing materials are, and to conduct periodic checks on the stability and integrity of the material.
  • When it comes to designated historic buildings, any work on the home may be subject to municipal, provincial, or even national regulation, as the case may be.

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.

Sarnia’s Centennial Park Asbestos Nightmare

Many cities are taking old industrial properties and now reusing them for new developments, often called brown field remediation. But, what’s under the ground? Often, the rubble and debris includes asbestos.

Sarnia’s Park Problem
Picturesque Centennial Park in Sarnia sits on the St. Clair River, once the site of music festivals, kids and families playing and enjoying the scenery.

About five years ago, a tar-like substance started showing up in large blobs all over an area of the park near the boat ramp. The area was closed off while tests were conducted, and the results showed not just asbestos, but lead and other contaminants.

The park is on the former site of a Sifto salt factory, including salt wells and machinery that used coal fuel. The factory switched names a few times over the years, but was in production for over 60 years. Later on, the site was used for a sawmill. The park was created with industrial fill. It’s not clear where exactly the asbestos and lead contamination came from – perhaps all those sources.

This summer, five years and $12 million later, the whole park is set to re-open.

Asbestos Underground
The situation in Sarnia is an extreme case, but it’s not unusual per se. It doesn’t have to an an industrial site, either.

  • Asbestos contamination can come from a house demolition, or even from debris from a renovation that wasn’t properly disposed of.
  • Asbestos in the ground presents a danger because it can become a dust that is spread on the wind.

Once it’s windborne, friable asbestos can contaminate an unknown area.

We Can Help
If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or property, 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.

Repeated Asbestos Offenders

Some parties just don’t learn – although in this case of repeated asbestos violations, we’re not sure if that statement applies more to the company or the governmental bodies involved.

Seattle Environmental of Vancouver was fined a whopping $280K last December for incidents involving asbestos removal that happened between 2013 and 2015. Those fines were recently upheld by the review division of WorkSafe BC. But now, the company’s owner faces a fresh round of charges and fines – all of which, including the original charges, he continues to claim are false. In the meantime, the company continues to take on jobs as usual…

The company is involved in conducting hazardous materials surveys and removing asbestos-containing materials from houses. The infractions are said to be “repeated” and “high risk” – that means the company’s operations are putting employees and possibly others at risk of inhaling asbestos fibres.

It’s Outrageous
We have to agree with the B.C. Insulators Union on this one. The organization called on the provincial government to make asbestos removal and testing subject to mandatory licensing. That way, those who violate the rules can lose their licenses instead of just going on with business as usual.

When an asbestos removal company does sloppy work, it’s dangerous.

  • Workers without proper training may not know how to properly contain the asbestos dust;
  • Workers without proper equipment are directly exposed to asbestos risk;
  • An improperly contained worksite can send asbestos fibres across a whole neighbourhood and even beyond.

Be safe, not sorry
If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, you can’t afford to cut corners or “save money” while your health and that of your family if the material is concerned. At GreenStream Environmental, we understand the importance of procedure in ensuring the safety of our employees and clients alike.

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.

Update: Jail Time for Kingston Area Asbestos Removal Contractor

In an update to a court case story, an asbestos removal contractor from Bolton, north of the GTA, received a 30 day jail sentence along with a $45,000 fine.

The Case
The case involves an asbestos removal job that took place in Gananoque, near Kingston in Eastern Ontario in August of 2014. The contractor was hired to remove insulation that contained asbestos from the attic of a residence.

The asbestos removal contractor was convicted of nine counts under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the province’s asbestos regulations. Among the specific  – and very serious – issues:

  • He failed to seal off the affected area (attic) from the rest of the home;
  • He and his employees wore no protective clothing;
  • Their respirators were untested;
  • The homeowner an others were present while work was being done (with asbestos in the air since the attic was not sealed off);
  • He dumped 13 bags that were not labelled or properly sealed full of contaminated material – hundreds of pounds of asbestos laced insulation – on private property.

The judge who sentenced he man said he had “shown a total disregard not only for the health and safety of his workers but also for the public,” according to a Ministry of Labour release.

Safety is No Joke
If an asbestos removal contractor does not wear protective equipment and dumps unmarked bags of asbestos debris on the land, he is either very reckless or very uninformed on the dangers of asbestos. Either way – he is a danger to himself, his employees, customers and the public at large.

At GreenStream Environmental, we know just how important safety is in our business. Asbestos exposure is a proven health hazard. If your home was built before the mid-1980’s, it almost certainly contains asbestos in one form or another. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal technicians are available to help you with your asbestos issues. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the job got done the right way.

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.

The Legacy of Asbestos

As asbestos exposure is revealed as Canada’s leading cause of workplace deaths and the World Health Organization estimates that one third of workplace cancers are caused by the mineral which was once hailed as the “miracle” construction material.

A recent article in the revered medical journal The Lancet estimated total deaths worldwide from asbestos exposure at just under 200,000 – and many experts believe the peak has yet to come.

What Happened??
A recent article in the magazine Popular Mechanics took note of the “horrifying” era when asbestos was king.

Historic footage from 1942 compiled on video that extols the virtues of fireproof asbestos cloth shows a housewife of the early 20th century calmly slicing – and shredding – asbestos on her kitchen table. Women in a factory cut and sew asbestos fabrics with no protective equipment while others smile as they unfold the fabric – now curtains and tablecloths – in their homes.

While sometimes the ironies of history can be amusing, in this case they are tragic. The workers shown in the film clips were actually creating the tiny, inhalable fibres that work their way into the lungs and never come out. The effects of asbestos in causing lung ailments and cancers including deadly mesothelioma were not known until decades later when workers like these began to sicken and die.

Asbestos in Your Home
If your home was constructed before the mid-1980’s it almost certainly contains asbestos in one form or another and can appear in many places including – but not limited to:

  • Floor tiles;
  • Roofing materials;
  • Indoor and outdoor window and door caulking;
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles;
  • Wall panels;
  • Textured paints;
  • Attic insulation (vermiculite);
  • Popcorn ceilings.

There is no safe level of exposure to inhalable asbestos. While the material is considered safe while it remains intact, damage over time, renovations, flooding and any number of other factors can create friable asbestos fibres.

Safe – Not Sorry
If your home contains asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) the safest route is complete asbestos removal or asbestos remediation. It’s too serious to take chances. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or on your property, call the experts at GreenStream.

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.

City of Toronto Deals with Nearly 200 Asbestos Cases in Five Years

A recent report on CTV News revealed that dealing with asbestos in public buildings has cost the city of Toronto more than $1 million a year for the last five years – accounting for nearly 200 cases in that time period.

Asbestos was once widely used in residential, institutional and institutional construction for much of the 20th century. Many older buildings (built before the mid-1980’s) feature asbestos or asbestos containing materials in places where you wouldn’t expect to find it, including,

  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Pipe insulation
  • Pipe chasing
  • Boiler and furnace insulation
  • And many other places

As officials pointed out, the situation is a common one in North America, where most urban areas are dealing with the asbestos fallout.

The city’s policy includes,

  • Proactively removing or sealing in asbestos during renovations, construction, demolition or other activity that would disturb the integrity of the walls
  • Keeping a record of where asbestos is present in any city-owned buildings
  • Regular inspections to ensure that intact structures remain intact

Some stakeholders say the risk is minimal and even that the money would be better spent…even as a report published late last year in the Globe and Mail revealed that asbestos is the single largest source of workplace deaths in this country.

Why Take the Risk?
At GS we understand that when it comes to so many public buildings, it may not be feasible to completely remove asbestos from all of them all at once. But it doesn’t make sense to keep asbestos in your home where you live. Older materials do inevitably deteriorate over time and even if asbestos is nearly indestructible the other materials typically mixed with it are not.

Our experienced technicians offer professional, certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation services to help give you peace of mind.

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.

Heritage Group Fights Province – Along with Asbestos, Mould

A heritage group in Southern Ontario just outside the GTA is getting the cold shoulder from the province when it asked to view a historic property.

The Hamilton, Ontario group – the city’s municipal heritage committee – requested to view Century Manor, an ornate three-storey mansion that was once home to the Hamilton Asylum for the Insane. One of the city’s oldest buildings, it’s a prime example of Victorian Gothic architecture. When the group wrote to the IO (Infrastructure Ontario) they received this in a written reply:

“Tours of vacant government owned buildings are only provided as part of the sales and marketing of the property and with specific consideration to the current conditions of the building.” The official goes on to mention “potential health and safety” as the reason, including the “suspected presence” of mould, asbestos and flaking lead paint.

Some of the heritage committee members are convinced the provincial landlord intends to practice so-called “demolition by neglect” – meaning they intend to do nothing until the property is beyond redemption and then tear it down.

Neglect and Older Buildings
We don’t know if that’s what the province really intends or not in this case – but it’s a certainty that neglect alone of an older building is a sure-fire way to lead to its eventual demise. It’s a situation we’re seeing more and more of on the public front – this is just one of hundreds, perhaps thousands of publicly owned buildings with problems like mould and leftover asbestos.

Of course, it’s not only publicly owned buildings that are under the gun, so to speak. Many people love older buildings and if you’re thinking about buying that DIY fixer-upper with a view to lovingly restoring it to its former glory, there are some caveats you should take into account.

  • Asbestos: virtually all buildings constructed before the 1980’s contain asbestos in one form or another. Obvious things like vermiculite insulation may have been dealt with because of consumer awareness but asbestos containing materials (or ACM) may appear anywhere literally from floor to ceiling. While they’re still intact they’re considered safe but asbestos removal is your only permanent solution.
  • Mould: wherever there is lingering moisture, there is the potential for mould, which can begin to form within 48 hours. All it takes is a pinhole leak in plumbing in an area that no one sees and voila, mould takes hold. If you’re scouting properties there are some key things to keep in mind
    • Maintenance – has the property been properly maintained? Old windows, roof materials, leaky siding – all of these can contribute to lingering moisture.
    • Follow your nose – you may not see mould inside of walls or floors or under the carpet, but if it’s there, you’ll likely be able to smell that telltale musty odour.

Let GS Help
We can help. Our experienced technicians offer professional, certified services to help you deal with environmental issues, including

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.

Asbestos in Roofing Materials

A crew working on a high school in the Maritimes had to stop work and call in asbestos specialists when ACM (asbestos containing materials) were found on the roof.

Now, this may seem far away from the GTA and asbestos in the roofing tiles of an old institutional building wouldn’t come as any surprise. But – the ACM wasn’t in the roofing tiles themselves. It was in the tar that had been used to install and also subsequently patch the roof over the years. In the case of the Halifax high school, tar particles fell into the library and other rooms after work done on the roof. The tar was found to contain 5 percent asbestos, which was common in formulations before the 1980’s.

ACM in Sealant & Caulking
Asbestos was added to roofing tar, caulking and other sealants because of its fire retardant properties, most often in the 5 to 10 percent range. Although new formulations don’t contain the material, as anyone who’s owned an older home knows, many homeowners don’t remove the old material when adding the new when it comes to roofing. Many roofs have layers of older shingles and other materials underneath newer layers.

  • If you’re installing a new roof, who knows what you might encounter?

ACM is considered friable – or inhalable and therefore dangerous – if it contains more than one percent asbestos and it can easily be crumbled or pulverised by the human hand.

Asbestos itself is nearly indestructible. However, in ACM, it’s the other materials which most often deteriorate over time, leaving friable asbestos. Any ACM may in fact become friable under the right conditions. Something you may not even think about – such as kids bouncing a ball off the roof – can leave dust that is suspended in the air for some time afterwards and leave you or your loved ones exposed.

Any ACM should be removed if:

  • You plan on making renovations or remodeling in the foreseeable future
  • There is any damage at all – encapsulation is not a safe option.

Here is where you may find ACM in those odd places you don’t expect:

  • Roofing tar is typically used on flat roofs and often to fix leaks. It consists of coal tar in a formulation with petroleum byproducts and as its name suggests, is a very dark brown or black. Coal tar itself is a byproduct of the petroleum making process, refined for use in roofing tar.
  • Coal tar roof cement is used for roof repairs in a formula thickened with fibres that can seal or bond with the existing surface. Pre-1980’s roof cement most often contained asbestos, along with solvents and other materials. If the cement is still pliable, it should not pose an immediate danger however if it has dried out and/or is cracked, it becomes friable. Use caution and do not scrape it.
  • Clay based materials such as plumbing putty, window putty and caulking also often contain asbestos in older formulations. This material is friable and should be protected from water damage – better yet, removed. Avoid scraping dried out material.

We Can Help
Our experienced technicians offer professional, certified services to help you deal with environmental issues, including

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.