For asbestos awareness week we at got mold? Disaster Recovery Services would like to educate our readers on some facts about Asbestos and what you can do as a home owner, renter or potential buyer / sellers on the substance that many know little about, other then it causes harmful health problems in the future.
Did you know that the use of asbestos in North America was essentially halted in the late 1970s, with just a few exceptions, this toxic mineral has continued to have a real impact on the country during the last 30 years. The lives of many individuals have been adversely affected by previous asbestos exposure and this mineral can still be found throughout the country, particularly in old homes, factories, and commercial buildings. This continued presence of asbestos means that it is likely that more individuals will be impacted by the mineral in the years to come. There are still Thugs and Criminals that Continue to Profit from the Toxic Trade of Asbestos.
If your home or commercial building was built prior to or during the 1980s, you may need to determine if you have asbestos and/or vermiculite insulation. The environmental and financial risks associated with asbestos abatement requires expertise and commitment. If you have asbestos, our professional teams will remove it. To ensure “Peace of Mind”, we have third party environmental consulting firms monitor work procedures and take air quality samples that will be sent to an independent lab for analysis.
If you are concerned that your home or business may have asbestos, give us a call and we will guide you through every step of the asbestos detection and removal process.
Many people like to have a hands on approach to there homes renovations with simple DIY tips that you see everywhere online from Facebook, Pinterist, Etsy, Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin but what most people don’t realize is that some of these projects are hazardous to your health and actually harming your body if your not properly seeking the professional help you need in the removal process you are putting yourself and your family at risk of exposure. We receive several calls from people who tried to handle it themselves and ended up with debris all over there homes as it entered the HVAC systems and was distributed all over, even in there children’s bedrooms because they didn’t take the proper precautions in the process. The fact that many people don’t realize is that it may not show up for 20 years after the time you were exposed to it. So why take the risk? Would you re-wire your home for lighting causing potential fire hazards? Probably not. Would you do your own plumbing without knowing what you were doing, causing potential leaks and sewage back up in your home? Probably not. So why take the risk with a substance that can harm you?
Saskatchewan was the first province in Canada that made it mandatory to report Asbestos. Howard’s Law is named after Howard Willems, a building inspector who died from mesothelioma caused by breathing asbestos fibers. During the last part of his life, Willems and his family fought for Saskatchewan to have a mandatory registry. Prior to his death, Willems believed that his mesothelioma could have been prevented had he known of the existence of asbestos in the buildings he inspected. According to Health Minister, Dustin Duncan:
People want and deserve to have easier access to information about the presence of asbestos in public buildings. A public registry will help provide residents with relevant information about this important issue.
All provinces should create a registry! The video below explains the problem of asbestos in Canada and also features an interview with Willems, expressing his concerns. Rest in Peace, Mr. Willems, let’s hope the Saskatchewan initiative will serve as a catalyst and inspiration for other provinces to follow suit.