Canada’s Asbestos Ban: Update

As our national asbestos ban in Canada takes its final shape, there are some details that have changed along the way. Recently, the federal government took the final steps to put the asbestos ban into place. Here’s a current update on the situation.

The Asbestos Ban
Canada was the biggest exporter of asbestos before the industry collapsed a few years ago, and our country has more than a century year old history or asbestos mining. There’s a lot left, too. There are more than 800 million tons of asbestos waste – containing up to 40 percent asbestos – in Quebec alone.

The new law will ban the importation, sale, and use of asbestos fibres, and the manufacture, import, sale, and use of any products containing processed asbestos fibres. But, that’s not the whole story.

• The government just awarded a $12 million contract to extract magnesium from the asbestos waste.
• Federal and Quebec regulations were, essentially, set by the asbestos industry itself, and currently allow exposure to workers at levels 10X higher than the US or in Europe.
• The federal government moved quickly to tighten the allowable asbestos exposure rates tenfold, to bring them in line with other Western nations. However, the Quebec provincial government has not done so, despite the endorsement of all 17 of the province’s directors of publish health, the Quebec Medical Association and other organizations.

In fact, the Quebec government’s directors of public health, and National Public Health Institute, called for including those millions of tons of asbestos waste in the new asbestos ban, but Environment Minister Catherine McKenna rejected their please.

“I am satisfied that these proposed regulations, along with existing provincial controls, will address the health risks associated with asbestos mining residues.”

A Double Standard
In essence, it creates a double standard, where those people who work on the existing asbestos waste will not receive the same protections under the law as anyone else. There are other exemptions under the law.

• Military and nuclear facilities will be allowed to continue to use asbestos until 2022.
• Chlor-alkali plants, which produce chlorine and sodium hydroxide for industrial purposes, are also exempt for a period of several years to come. It will be phased out by 2029.

Another exemption allows for use of asbestos containing materials where they “are required to protect the environment or human health where there is no technically or economically feasible alternative available.” In those cases, a one-year permit will be issued, with strict reporting requirements.

The law also says nothing about existing structures that contain asbestos.

Asbestos in Your Home?
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.

Feds To Announce Asbestos Ban

It looks like the federal government will finally answer the growing chorus of voices who are calling on Justin Trudeau to keep his promise of enacting an asbestos ban. Even though Canada no longer exports asbestos, imports of certain construction and automotive products containing asbestos are still allowed.

Bill To Ban Asbestos In Canada
Along with a number of municipalities across the country who are officially joining the cause, a private member’s bill has been introduced into parliament.

Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette introduced the bill that looks to completely prohibit asbestos – a known and fully documented health risk that is the biggest workplace killer in our country. Ouellette says he hopes the move will put even more pressure on the Liberal government to make the move official. He spoke to the Globe and Mail in an interview.

“It’s destroyed too many lives. The economic benefits do not outweigh the health negatives and health concerns and destructive nature of this product. And I still can’t believe that we’re using it.”

Asbestos is banned in many countries of the world, including the U.K. and the European Union.

Earlier this week, new data proved that asbestos is still Canada’s top workplace killer by a wide margin. Then on Friday, December 9, the CBC reported that the federal government plans to announce a full ban on asbestos as early as next week.

Lung Cancer And Mesothelioma
We believe that a total asbestos ban in Canada is long overdue. We certainly don’t need anymore studies or statistics to convince us that it takes lives.

  • According to Statistics Canada, the number of new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed has more than doubled in 20 years.
  • Experts estimate that there are about 2,000 new cases each year including other asbestos-related cancers.
  • The Institute for Work & Health the costs of new cases alone at $1.7-billion per year.

Trust GreenStream
If your home was built before 1990, it probably contains asbestos in one form or another, and while it may be considered safe as long as the material is intact, renovations — even installing a home theatre system can create deadly asbestos dust.

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.

Asbestos – a Modern Day Reality

The Globe and Mail reported today that the costs of dealing with asbestos related cancers like mesothelioma has soared to $1.7 billion per year – and that’s only for new work-related cases.

The estimates come from the Institute for Work & Health, a research facility. The report estimates that each case costs about $818,000 – that includes health care, lost productivity from work and diminished quality of life.

Asbestos causes more work-related deaths than any other reason and there have been more than 5,700 claims in the last two decades.

The Asbestos Legacy
Even though Prime Minister Trudeau has said the government is “moving forward” on a total asbestos ban, it doesn’t of course remove what is already in place. Since it was used in both public and private buildings over many decades until about the mid-1980’s, it can be found in many places in your home. Here’s how to avoid asbestos exposure.

Asbestos in building construction is often found mixed with other materials such as cement or vinyl. As long as that material remains intact, it is considered safe, since the harm to human health comes from inhaling the asbestos fibres.

You can’t tell what is asbestos or not just by examining it. You will need to have a professional asbestos inspection of your home or property to be sure.

If there is asbestos in your home, you want the material to remain intact. Any work that can open walls or damage those asbestos containing materials can create asbestos fibres. That includes:

  • Sawing, drilling, partial or complete wall removal;
  • Removing vermiculite insulation (which often contains asbestos);
  • Removing old boilers or any pipe insulation (which often contains asbestos);
  • Removing old layers of roofing shingles;
  • Removing or repairing popcorn ceilings;
  • Removing old layers of floor tiles;
  • Repairing or replacing old acoustic ceiling tiles.

Liability
Even without considering your own health and that of your family, you could be liable for people who work in your home. You are of course free to work on your own home, but if you hire workers for home renovations and don’t test for asbestos, you can be held liable for any damages. If you have child or elder care workers in your home, housecleaners or others who may be considered in your employ, you can be held liable for their exposure to asbestos.

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.

CLC President Leads Call For Outright Ban on Asbestos as Imports Continue to Rise

The federal government took a step in the right direction recently with the announcement of a ban on the use of asbestos in federal construction projects.

However, in context that measure seems like a drop in the bucket when you take into consideration the fact that overall asbestos imports into this country continue to rise. That’s something that has brought together union representatives and families of those whose health has been affected by asbestos exposure.

Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff made the call for a total ban on asbestos in all products along with trade union representatives and family members in a media announcement last week.

The Truth About Canada and Asbestos
The fact of the matter is that millions of dollars worth of asbestos products are imported into Canada each year, including brake pads. With the collapse of the asbestos mining industry in Canada five years ago, an outright ban is the next step in protecting Canadians from the health effects of asbestos exposure.

The group’s statement called asbestos containing products the country’s biggest cause of workplace deaths. Here are the facts, according to Canadian Cancer Society research and StatsCan:

  • Over 2,000 Canadians die from causes associated with asbestos exposure every year;
  • Between 2010 and 2012, the number of new cases of mesothelioma jumped from 276 to 560;
  • Deaths from mesothelioma went from 292 to 467 during the same period.

Because many lung cancers other than mesothelioma are caused by asbestos exposure, the real toll of asbestos exposure is much higher. Here is another relevant fact:

  • Imports of asbestos containing products – including brake pads and cement-asbestos pipes – almost doubled between 2011 and 2015.

Hassam pointed out that all the asbestos containing products could easily be replaced by other, safer configurations.

Mesothelioma
When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they do not deteriorate over time. Instead, they begin to work their way into the tissue that lines the lungs and alter the cellular structure. Over time, it can cause a range of lung disorders, including cancers such as deadly mesothelioma. That’s why it takes decades after asbestos exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma and other lung diseases to manifest.

An asbestos ban would not help to cure those who have already been exposed, but it will help protect future generations.

It’s No Joke
Asbestos is a known health hazard. If you have asbestos in your home, the only way to proceed is with safety in mind. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal 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.

Asbestos Abatement Firm & Supervisor Fined for Workers’ Asbestos Exposure

An asbestos removal firm in eastern Ontario and its supervisor were given fines amounting to just under $30K recently for exposing workers to asbestos.

Court heard how workers were exposed to asbestos dust on a job site. The supervisor in question pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure that his workers were using protective equipment and gear. The incident occurred last spring when three employees of the company were working on an asbestos remediation job at a residential home in a suburb of Ottawa. While the area they worked on was enclosed, asbestos containing materials (ACM) were released into the air, creating the dust hazard.

The situation was brought to the attention of the Ministry of Labour when an inspector arrived on-site. This is what he found:

  • One worker leaving the enclosed area full of asbestos dust in street clothes
  • The second worker handling bags of ACM inside the area, also in street clothes
  • The third worker cleaning up the area – also in street clothes

Insanity
It shouldn’t take an unexpected visit from the Ministry of Labour inspector to point out what had clearly gone wrong with the job. The fact that this was a supposedly bona fide asbestos removal company is something we’re finding completely outrageous.

The danger isn’t only to workers on that job site. What happens when the owners/tenants of the building come back? How careful have they been to clean up well? If they haven’t been careful with their own health and safety, how well have they looked after their clients?

Working in street clothing with asbestos and in the absence of any protective gear – that has to come as a result of ignorance – the same kind of ignorance that saw asbestos become ubiquitous throughout the world as a “miracle” construction material. Surely anyone who understands the clear risks could not act so carelessly.

We couldn’t agree more with the way this was handled.

Asbestos is No Joke
It was only decades after asbestos and ACM became so commonplace that workers first began to show signs of deadly mesothelioma. That’s the risk: you won’t feel it at first, in fact you may not for many years. However, the asbestos fibres remain in your lungs – they never leave – and can create the kinds of abnormal changes that result in lung cancers and mesothelioma.

Sloppy workmanship just doesn’t cut it when you’re dealing with asbestos. It not only puts workers at risk, it puts home and business owners at risk – anyone in the area, in fact, can be affected if asbestos is not properly handled and ends up blowing friable (inhalable) fibres into a neighbourhood.

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

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

 

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.

Aging Infrastructure: Asbestos in Water Pipes

You’ve heard about asbestos in the air – what about asbestos fibres in the water?

Just as the physical properties of asbestos – it is fire resistant, corrosion resistant and nearly indestructible – made it seem like the ideal construction material for both residential and industrial buildings; those same longwearing qualities made it seem like a good bet for plumbing too. Asbestos mixed with concrete (A/C) is a very strong, durable material and it became very commonly used for water pipes throughout North America.

  • In Canada it is estimated that A/C pipes are used in about 19 percent of public water systems.

Now, for several decades that material should remain intact and as such it is considered safe and should not pose a risk to anyone. But – there’s a time limit on all construction materials and when it comes to A/C that lifespan is 50 to 70 years, depending on the volume of water usage and other conditions.

  • That’s why many people are now sounding the alarm. The bulk of those A/C water pipes were installed in the 1950’s and 1960’s, meaning the clock is now ticking towards the end of their practical lifespan.

The Risk
As the pipes break down naturally over time and require repairs, many are concerned that the asbestos content may not be known or that repairs may not be done properly, releasing those deadly fibres into homes and institutions. There is concern that they may even end up in drinking water and that water will leach from the degraded pipes. Pipe failures will only increase over time, contaminating ground water too.

A Canadian study done in the late 1980’s found a correlation between increased incidence of certain cancers (including stomach cancer) and the presence of asbestos in drinking water from deteriorating pipes.

  • Two more decades have passed – is anything being done?

In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established strict guidelines for the handling of asbestos cement by workers – but as history shows, people don’t always follow the rules. Maximum contaminant levels of asbestos have been set in both Canada and the United States and we can only hope that public watchdogs will continue to be vigilant about this issue.

In Your Home?
In addition to public water systems, many older homes (built before the mid-1980’s) feature A/C or other asbestos containing materials in plumbing, where you wouldn’t expect to find it, including,

  • pipe insulation
  • pipe chasing
  • boiler and furnace insulation
  • among many other places!

Let GS Help
We can help. Our experienced technicians offer professional, certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation services to help you deal with your environmental issues and help to ensure the continued good health of your family.

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.

Ontario Developer Fined $125K in Asbestos Case

A Western Ontario property developer was fined $125,000 – including a $25,000 victim fine – for failing to properly dispose of asbestos at the former Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario.

In fact, the developer submitted a consultant report on the site in 2011 prior to demolition. The report claimed the site was abestos-free but the Ministry of the environment and Climate Change did a little digging and found evidence in historical documents of asbestos containing materials and laid the charges that resulted in the recent conviction and fine.

The government inspectors were right to question a finding of no asbestos. The former hospital was built decades ago when asbestos was used in a wide variety of applications in both residential and institutional construction. What we now know can cause incurable lung disease and cancers was once thought of as a miracle material and not without reason – it’s fire resistant, water resistant and nearly indestructible. It wasn’t until decades after it first came into general use in the early 20th century that its effects on human health were discovered as workers and others who had come into contact with it began to fall sick.

Asbestos in Your Home
If your home was built before the mid-1980’s, it’s almost certain to contain asbestos or asbestos containing materials (also called ACM) in one form or another. It can show up almost anywhere from floor to ceiling – literally – including:

  • Ceiling tiles – including acoustic tiles
  • Floor tiles – often in a vinyl mixture
  • Roofing and siding materials
  • Wall panels
  • Textured paints
  • Window and door caulking

It’s considered safe as long as it is intact but aging materials can deteriorate over time no matter what the conditions.

  • Renovations – like demolition – poses a significant risk of damaging asbestos and ACM and creating breathable fibres.

Shady Contractors
Add shady contractors to the mix and homeowner anxiety can certainly be justified. How do you ensure the health of you and your family – and be sure that the company you’ve hired is going to do the job right?

We can help.

We have many satisfied customers and years of expertise. 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 Containing Materials – In New Buildings

As a recent article in the Globe and Mail points out, while the Canadian asbestos industry itself slid out of commission last year, Canada has not yet joined the 50+ countries of the world that have banned asbestos all together.

Specifically, the article details how asbestos containing materials are still used in pipes that are installed in new condominiums, hospitals and other high-rise buildings in the Toronto area.

The Quebec-based supplier of the pipes used in the GTA incorporates asbestos imported from Mexico and other countries. According to government figures, Canada as a whole imported about $2.2 million worth of asbestos containing pipes and other construction materials between 2010 and 2013.

The asbestos-cement pipes in this case are being used in areas like storm water drains. The concern, naturally, is that the owners and occupants of a new building will not be informed or ever suspect that the asbestos containing materials exist in their units and so will not take precautionary or protective measures. The potential for accidental exposure is clear.

Asbestos Containing Materials
To us at GreenStream Environmental, the continued use of asbestos containing materials doesn’t make much sense. ACM was used widely in homes prior to the 1980’s and can show up almost anywhere from floor tiles to wall panels to ceiling tiles. Asbestos may be found mixed with concrete, vinyl, plaster, paint and other materials. It can be present in many areas you probably don’t expect, such as:

  • Pipe insulation and chasing
  • Boiler and radiator pipe insulation
  • Window and door caulking
  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Textured paints
  • And many more

While the commonly held wisdom is that these asbestos containing materials are safe as long as they are intact, there is a lot of potential for damage. That includes:

  • Renovations
  • Electrical repairs
  • Plumbing work
  • Installation of home theatre or alarm systems

Don’t Take Chances
The threat to human health of asbestos is real. If your home was built before the 1980’s, it may contain asbestos in many areas. Let us help!

Our experienced asbestos removal technicians can tackles any asbestos removal or remediation job, big or small. 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.

Apartment Dwellers Displaced due to Asbestos after Fire

“When the inspectors declare the building is safe, we will resume delivery.”

That’s what residents of a British Columbia apartment building saw recently when they tried to get their mail. Canada Post has suspended delivery to the apartment tower after a fire because of concern over air quality issues – namely possible asbestos contamination.

Repairs are expected to take several months. There was fire, smoke and water damage to 86 of the suites and residents were warned about the possible asbestos contamination. An official with the city of Victoria has clearly stated the need for asbestos removal procedures for the building. In addition to asbestos in the walls and ceilings, there is concern over possible mould infestation from lingering water damage.

It’s a recipe for health issues that is unfortunately all too common in older buildings, including individual homes, apartments and condo complexes and public institutions: damage can affect indoor air quality. Asbestos fibres, once released into the air, can enter the lungs and begin the damage that can lead to many respiratory issues including lethal mesothelioma.  Mould spores, once they get into your HVAC system, can disperse anywhere into a building to cause a range of symptoms including worsening allergies and other respiratory issues.

You need to breathe easy.

In Case of Fire – or Floods
Asbestos or ACM (asbestos containing materials) may be present in a wide variety of areas quite literally from floor to ceiling in homes built before the 1980’s. It can be released into the air by any activity that damages the integrity of walls, floors, ceilings and more, including:

  • Fires
  • Flooding
  • Renovations
  • Installation of windows, doors, alarm or home entertainment systems

We Can Help
At GreenStream, our experienced asbestos technicians can offer advice and either asbestos removal or asbestos remediation to safely take any potential hazard out of your way for good. 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.