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What is Asbestos?

CPR24 Restoration What is Asbestos?

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    The most prevalent mineral found in construction materials is chrysotile asbestos, which comes in six types: amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, actinolite, and chrysotile.

    While asbestos is not considered harmful. It is, however, by no means a less dangerous variety of asbestos than other types. It is only less harmful when it is not friable, which means that tiny pieces from age or damage cannot be inhaled or consumed when solid components, such as building materials, are present. The other types of asbestos are more friable, making them easier to breathe and more likely to cause serious respiratory problems.

    You may be at risk for asbestos exposure if your home was built before the late 1980s or up until the mid-1990s (the 1990s specifically referring to contaminated vermiculite insulation).

    Chipped tiles (usually vinyl), loose insulation, and aging pipe coverings all contain asbestos, which dissolves over time.

    Asbestos fibers become more friable and less flexible as a result of this process. Once exposed to airborne contaminants, susceptibility to respiratory disorders is raised.

    Here are a few measures you can take, to avoid asbestos exposure:

    • Vacuuming or sweeping material from cracked or damaged asbestos items exposes the particles into the air, posing a major health risk.
    • Keep children and pets away from the suspected area at home.
    • To remove type 2 or 3 asbestos, you’ll need a government permit. It comes to the reason that if you don’t know what form of asbestos you have, you won’t know how to safely remove it. Don’t risk yourself, your family, or your employees.

    By encasing or encapsulating asbestos fibers, the technique for asbestos removal involves their removal or complete restriction from being released within a building.

    Asbestos removal services are provided by CPR24 Restoration for the following asbestos-related issues:

    • Pipe Wrap
    • Duct Wrap
    • Plaster
    • Drywall
    • Insulation
    • Vermiculite Insulation
    • Floor Tiles
    • Ceiling Tiles
    • Boards

    Asbestos removal procedure

    Our team of qualified experts can contain asbestos and prevent it from spreading throughout your house or office. Cross-contamination is prevented by taking the necessary safeguards. We give full-face respirators to our technicians as an added layer of protection and peace of mind for our clients.

    1. Before being removed, the contaminated area is first marked and then fully contained.
    2. To cover all potential openings and avoid secondary contamination, entry points (windows, doors, and ventilation) are sealed with industry-standard poly drop sheets.
    3. Once contained, the asbestos is sprayed with a binding agent to keep the fibers wet and together and prevent them from going airborne.
    4. Asbestos is then removed, and materials are placed in 6mm poly bags and sealed.
    5. After each job, all garbage is safely removed and all cleaning materials are disposed of.
    6. Throughout the cleanup, HEPA filtration machines scour the air continuously; this not only aids in the removal of asbestos but also prevents cross-contamination due to the negative air pressure.
    7. Prior to contamination removal, a certified inspector must give his approval.
    8. After the inspection and before disposal, containment and barricades are lifted, and trash bags are wiped down.
    9. Additional restoration or repairs are subsequently undertaken, resulting in a healthy, asbestos-free environment.

    Why was vermiculite used?

    Vermiculite, like asbestos, rose to prominence as a result of its insulating and fire-resistant characteristics. It expands when heated, filling spaces where other insulating materials could allow warm air to escape. Although not all homes with vermiculite insulation contain asbestos, it is a good idea to have it inspected by a specialist to ensure safe handling.

    Don’t hesitate to contact CPR24 Restoration at (416) 551-8287 for any asbestos problems you might have.