Asbestos exposure is insidious. It’s a gradual, creeping, subtle, harmful process that causes disease, although only when inhaled.
There’s no doubt that because asbestos is dangerous to people, it should be removed, contained or replaced. The reason is clear – in recent years more workers have died from asbestos-related disease than in any workplace mishap or injury.
Here’s a little background on asbestos.
This heat-resistant, fibrous mineral has been known to man for more than 4,000 years. It is also a ‘silicate’. A silicate is a kind of salt that contains silicon and oxygen. Those traits have seduced miners and manufactures because it is strong and rarely burns, rots or corrodes.
Asbestos is not a single mineral, but several. They include white asbestos (chrysoltile), brown asbestos (amosite) and blue asbestos (crocidolite). But all of them are fibrous and contain iron and sodium.
The Ancient Greeks were the first to discover the wonders of asbestos. They used it in clothing, tablecloths and oil lamp wicks. In more recent time, and as you’re probably aware, asbestos has been in fire-resistant materials such as brake linings, insulation and shingles. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, asbestos is used in hundreds of products, including boilers, piping, latex paints, driveway coating and clapboard walls, to name just a few more. Health Canada (link) assures consumers that a product is not necessarily a health risk just because it contains asbestos. It says “asbestos poses health risks only when fibers are in the air that people breath.”
There is now indisputable proof that long term exposure to this lethal mixture can cripple and kill. So it makes sense that most victims are in the older population. They have been inhaling tiny particles of the stuff for years. The result? Cancers. Usually of the lungs or parts of the body related to the respiratory system.
The danger to health by breathing in highly carcinogenic asbestos particles has led to stringent control of its use.
And that’s where MoldPro Inc. can help.
(As CMHC explains, asbestos detection and removal is “complex… and should be done by an experienced contractor”. LINK – http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/maho/yohoyohe/inaiqu/inaiqu_001.cfm )
First, we check the air quality of your building (whether a home or business) and confirm whether that structure contains asbestos. It’s a relatively simple procedure.
If asbestos is found, MoldPro Inc. offers two options -remove or seal. The best temporary method to stop fibers from being released into the air is isolation, through use of a sealant.
This, in our opinion, is the best option because it is permanent.
We can remove asbestos two ways – wet and dry. Wet removal involves adding water and a spraying agent to the asbestos. Dry removal is the second option when wet removal is unsafe or impractical.
Containing and isolating existing asbestos involves spraying a sealant onto or into the material. That stops fiber from entering the air that we breath. Another option is to shut in the offending asbestos with a wall. In most cases we’ll use drywall. This method is practical when the asbestos-laden area is rarely entered.
A few more important points
You may have an asbestos issue if you have walls, tiles, wire insulation, lab counters, elevator brake shoes, lab counters, even duct tape. Still, the asbestos in these products would have to be shaken loose. That can happen several ways, including natural deterioration or cutting.
During removal or sealing, our experts make sure that no asbestos fibers are released into the air. However, sometimes during the process a miniscule number of microscopic fibers become airborne. In that case, they will be detected, gathered up and destroyed. Period. This is guaranteed.