Asbestos is a commercial and legal term referring to a class of minerals that naturally form long, thin, very strong fibers. Asbestos has been mined and used in many products worldwide, mostly during the 20th century. It occurs in the environment, both naturally and from the breakdown or disposal of old asbestos products. Although the use of asbestos and asbestos products has dramatically decreased, it is still present in older homes and buildings and some products still contain it.
Some common materials that could contain asbestos are plaster, ceiling tiles, vinyl floor tiles, heating duct tape, texture ceiling, drywall mud, paper backing of linoleum flooring, paper backing of pink insulation, vermiculite insulation, window putty, mastic glue, among others.
Disturbing asbestos minerals or other asbestos-containing materials can release tiny asbestos fibers, too small to see, into the air. As it is widely known, exposure to asbestos fibers can cause serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Workers and others who breathed asbestos fibers over many years have developed asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis, pleural disease, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. This is why asbestos abatement should only be trusted to experienced professionals.
Since asbestos poses the greatest danger when it becomes airborne, it is required to test any material that could contain asbestos in a building older than 1990, before disturbing it. Fresh Start Restoration strictly follows provincial and federal removal guidelines and protocols set out by WorksafeBC for asbestos abatement. Our experienced technicians are specifically trained in asbestos removal with the highest safety and quality standards, protecting everyone’s health throughout the process, and ensuring your safety after completion. Fresh Start Restoration offers:
- Complete visual examination
- Careful collection of samples
- Third-party Laboratory asbestos testing & results
- Filing of NOP (Notice of Project) with WorksafeBC
- Site specific protocols
- Risk assessment report
- Removal of asbestos under controlled conditions:
- Full containment
- Negative air pressure inside containment
- Correct working equipment
- Completely sealed entry and exit system
- Asbestos Clearance
- Disposal of asbestos containing materials
- Repairs (if needed)
Protect your health and the health of your family by taking care of asbestos in the safest way possible, by hiring our highly trained and experienced professionals at Fresh Start Restoration. Call us for a visual examination and free quote!