Town of Grimsby Inspecting its Facilities for Asbestos

The town of Grimsby in the Niagara peninsula is joining the growing list of municipalities who are undertaking a comprehensive review of their properties for the presence of asbestos.

Last winter, the Pembroke Regional Hospital was fined $60K for failing to protect workers from asbestos exposure. The well-publicized case led the town to examine its own properties.

Town staff have identified seven buildings as possibly containing asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) that will undergo professional inspection and testing and then asbestos removal.

  • It shouldn’t take the threat of a possible fine to take common sense measures against a known health hazard.

Asbestos in Your Home
We understand the risks now, but at one time asbestos was widely used in both residential and institutional construction. If your home was built before 1990, chances are good that it contains asbestos in one form or another. Asbestos may be mixed with other materials in a number of areas in your home, including:

  • Ceiling, wall and floor tiles
  • Insulation
  • Roofing
  • Wall panels
  • Textured paints
  • Textured (popcorn) ceilings

If the material is intact, then it’s not considered a hazard but at more than two decades old now, deterioration is a strong possibility.

If your home contains asbestos, we can help. At GreenStream Environmental, our seasoned team of asbestos removal experts can handle large or smaller asbestos remediation or removal jobs.

  • 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.

Alberta Health Services Warns About Asbestos in Flooding Debris

As if Albertans don’t have it tough enough…

Alberta Health Services is alerting home and property owners to a danger they may not be expecting – asbestos.

A massive clean-up and reconstruction effort is beginning as Albertans recover from the devastation wreaked by the worst flooding in recorded history. 75,000 people were under a mandatory evacuation order in Calgary’s core alone, among tens of thousands more across the province.

The AHS is reminding returning homeowners to be careful of asbestos in the debris. In homes built before the mid-1980’s, asbestos may be present in many forms, compounds and areas, including:

  • drywall mud
  • ceiling tiles
  • insulation
  • floor tiles

Flooding, Renovations and More
Even here in Ontario, the weather has been wet and volatile. A flooded basement is hardly uncommon especially in older homes, and insulation and other materials that you remove may contain asbestos. Renovations will also disturb asbestos or asbestos containing materials, and that’s where it gets dangerous.

  • Asbestos becomes dangerous when the material deteriorates, creating inhalable (or friable) fibres.

Take Their Advice
Alberta Health Services is advising people to use
professional asbestos removal services rather than attempting to handle the material on their own. It’s no joke and not an over-reaction. No amount of asbestos exposure is considered to be safe. Let our professionals take care of your asbestos concerns, which may involve asbestos remediation – if material is intact, it is not inhalable or considered dangerous, so at times it is possible to fully remediate a material or area so that it no longer poses a danger – or outright asbestos removal.

At GreenStream Environmental, our seasoned team of asbestos removal experts can handle large or smaller asbestos remediation or removal jobs – call us for a quote today.

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

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

Windsor Grace Hospital Demolition Begins With Asbestos Removal

A long simmering issue will be resolved in Southwestern Ontario with a recent announcement that the provincial government will kick in $3 million to assist in the clean-up of the former Grace Hospital site in Windsor. More money – $4 million – is waiting on final approval and both sums come in addition to the $2 million that was originally committed to the project.

The Grace Hospital closed in 2004 and redevelopment plans fizzled into nothing. Since then the site has been left to deteriorate. It’s been an eyesore and a thorn in the side of area residents who are rightly concerned with the environmental impacts of the structure’s ongoing deterioration. It’s been plagued by vandals and a vermin infestation.

Asbestos
Naturally, asbestos was one of the major considerations voiced by neighbours to the site. Asbestos becomes dangerous to human health as it deteriorates and produces airborne fibres which can be inhaled. That’s how it causes mesothelioma and other serious lung diseases.

In fact, clean-up of the site is beginning with asbestos removal. Even in cases like this where the site will be demolished, it’s important to remove the asbestos separately. It must be contained and then disposed of separately – that’s the only way to ensure the health and safety of everyone concerned.

Renovations
When it comes to asbestos, yesterday’s ‘miracle’ material has become today’s environmental hazard. If your home was built before 1970, you should assume that it contains asbestos in some form and it may show up in a wide range of areas and materials.

Let our professional asbestos removal technicians help to ensure that your renovations happen safely. Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for a quote today.

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

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

Managing Asbestos

During the summer, many school boards take the opportunity of the downtime to do much needed renovations, and these days, that will most often include asbestos removal.

Public institutions like schools keep an inventory of the buildings they own and use, including an asbestos survey. Reports keep track of where asbestos and asbestos containing materials are located in the structures and these are inspected regularly to make sure that the asbestos remains contained.

Most often, the asbestos is present as part of a mixture of materials that can end up in many different places. As long as the material is intact, it’s not considered dangerous. When it deteriorates or is damaged – or anytime it releases fibres into the air which can be inhaled, then it becomes a health hazard.

In Your Home
Asbestos is fire and heat resistant as well as its nearly indestructible. Before its health risks were known, it was considered the ideal material for construction of all types, and if your home was built before 1970 you should assume it contains asbestos in one form or another.

It may be present in:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Window and other weatherproofing putty
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Pipe chasing

Just as public institutions keep tabs on it, you should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration. It will be crucial information when you do any renovations, which will almost certainly produce asbestos containing dust when it involves those areas.

The material does eventually become brittle and break apart, capable of producing the friable – or inhalable – fibres that have been shown to cause lung disease, including mesothelioma.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental. If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

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

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

Asbestos in the News

National broadcaster the CBC has begun a series of segments this week devoted to the issue of asbestos, a lingering concern in Canada decades after the problematic mineral was banned or restricted from use virtually worldwide.

One of the segments profiles an innovative program at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, a world leader in cancer treatment and research. The Mesothelioma Research Program is the only one of its kind in North America. Among other things, it looks to proactively screen people who were exposed to the dangerous material via the workplace. The hope is to catch the deadly disease early, since most of the time, by the time symptoms appear, the disease is already in an advanced state and death sometimes imminent.

Nearly a thousand such workers have been screened with CAT scans since 2005, and the Program has established a biobank of mesothelioma tumours. Physicians believe even a small amount of exposure can result in the disease, which then takes decades to develop. That’s why the incidence of mesothelioma continues to rise, even though it’s been banned from virtually every workplace since the 1970’s. In fact, there were 400 cases diagnosed last year, about double the rate of occurrence found 20 years ago.

Construction Trades
The majority of workers came to be exposed to asbestos while employed in the construction field. Some of them described working in clouds of asbestos dust. Once seen as a near miraculous material, asbestos – fireproof and nearly indestructible – was used in virtually every part of a building, from siding to roofing to window and door sealant, ceiling panels and floor tiles. Both residential and industrial construction was affected.

In another headline, an Australian man who’d famously been given up for dead at the foot of Mount Everest in 2006 succumbed to mesothelioma and passed away this week. He too, was exposed to the material at a construction job.

Asbestos in Your Home?
If the exposure came from building homes, then what does that mean for you and your home? If your home was built before 1970, it’s almost certain there is asbestos somewhere in one of the many locations it was commonly used. But don’t panic just yet.

Renovations
The danger from asbestos comes when it becomes friable, or the fibres deteriorate and become airborne – meaning you can inhale them. As long as it’s bound up in a mixed material like cement tiles or contained in walls, it’s not considered a threat.

However, age and lack of maintenance over time can potentially cause damage or deterioration to the asbestos that may exist in your home. Renovations of any kind can disturb materials and cause just the kind of damage that can lead to airborne asbestos fibres.

If your home was built before 1970, then you have to assume that it does contain asbestos. Before any renovation projects, call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services for an asbestos inspection. At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services to help you contain and then rid yourself of this problem.

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

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

A Movie Set with Familiar Issues: Asbestos & Mould

Built to withstand a four-megaton nuclear bomb, a former military facility deep underground in Northern Ontario is now home to a movie shoot – and some familiar old problems.

Known as The Colony, the compound was the twin of an American base at Colorado Springs, and was the command and control centre for the North American Air Defence Command for more than four decades. The bunker was located 68 storeys below the rocky terrain of the North Bay area of Ontario. Decommissioned in 2006 when it was replaced by a newer – and above ground – facility, the complex is still owned by the DND (Department of National Defence) and while not in use, is currently the set for a feature film starring actors Bill Paxton and Laurence Fishburne.

A Futuristic Set with Old Problems

The film has a futuristic plot about survival in a “new ice age” but the building itself, according to a DND brochure, has a lot of old problems, including:

  • Asbestos in pipe insulation. Asbestos was often used to insulate steam pipes, boilers and furnace ductwork in the form of an asbestos blanket or asbestos tape. The material can become released in the air where it can be inhaled and therefore dangerous if the material is damaged, or if it’s disturbed or removed during renovations
  • Mould in the walls of one of the rooms, which has been sealed off. Water leaks from a roof or around windows is a very common source of mould growth inside walls. The trouble with this type of mould growth is that you’ll seldom know about it until it’s already taken hold.

Vigilance is the Answer

An aging high tech facility, or your lovely older home – with the same common hazards. The only way to know about these often hidden sources of unwelcome contamination in your home and get peace of mind is to call in the professionals for an inspection.

In between professional inspections, you’ll want to inspect your home yourself on a regular basis, keeping an eye out for sources of moisture and condensation, accumulation of little black spots on walls and floors, and an overall musty odour – these are your clues to mould growth.

Keep an eye on your pipe and furnace insulation. As long as it’s entirely intact, it’s not considered dangerous, but once it starts to crumble, don’t fool around – call in the experts right away for abatement or removal.

At GreenStream Environmental, we’ve got the solution for your “old home” issues, including:

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

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

Greenstream Environmental Inc. Wins “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company of 2010” Award

Greenstream Environmental Inc. has been chosen as Toronto’s Best Asbestos Removal Company in 2010 by the popular online home improvement company review site, Homestars.com.  

The Best of 2010 Awards celebrated the best contractors in Toronto as determined by the amount of and the quality of customer reviews on the Homestars.com website and included Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.   Greenstream Environmental won with a solid score of 10/10.

We are especially proud of this award because it’s essentially a “People’s Choice” award from homeowners who have used our services, from ratings written by customers who were happy with our work and customer service. We work hard to provide our customers nothing but the best when it comes to Asbestos Removal and Mould  Removal Services, and are thrilled to receive the Best in 2010 Award for Best Asbestos Removal Company in Toronto.  

Greenstream Environmental has been in the news before, having been featured on several popular home improvement television shows and various magazines that have come to us for expert advice on asbestos removal and mould removal. We also can’t recommend Homestars.com enough, because it’s a great way for homeowners to read honest and thorough reviews of the best – and worst – in home improvement companies and contractors in Toronto, the GTA and beyond.

Should you suspect the presence of mould or asbestos in your home or business, Contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s asbestos removal specialists – at (416) 818-9414.

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