Asbestos Removal & Testing
Today, there are still some buildings that contain asbestos. Amongst the various uses when it was originally installed, asbestos was used as a flame retardant and as thermal insulation. But today, asbestos is banned for use, and usually requires removal. To be certain, an expert should properly identify asbestos deposits, and a trained professional should be handling the process of asbestos removal - a process that requires the right tools, equipment, and experience. Asbestos removal should not be regarded as a do-it-yourself project – this is work that needs appropriate tools, equipment, and expertise.
For safety reasons, asbestos removal is governed by legislation (government and industry). The idea is to avoid the hazards of poor removal practices. In fact, it’s equally dangerous to remove asbestos in attic insulation, as is it to remediate a commercial building. Asbestos removal, by any measure, is about doing the job professionally and properly. It’s simply not a DIY project because the average homeowner doesn’t have the equipment or know-how.
Particularly in older homes, asbestos may be left over in a variety of locations throughout the home, and in various forms:
- Asbestos wall plaster
- Vinyl flooring tiles
- Asbestos ceiling tiles
- Asbestos duct wrap
- Popcorn ceiling finish
At Matrix Remediation, the technical staff is skilled and experienced when it comes to asbestos removal. The staff is well versed with provincial guidelines, industry legislation, and safety. And removal services range from smaller jobs, like asbestos removal (from flooring), to bigger projects like complete building clean-outs. With asbestos removal, the focus is not so much on the size and scope of the job as it is about the proficiency and expertise of doing the job properly.
Every remediation contractor must undertake extensive health and safety measures when dealing with asbestos removal. Matrix Remediation handles asbestos removal in commercial, government, industrial and residential locations. Supervisors and personnel are well trained, with an in-depth understanding of asbestos health and safety issues, whether dealing with a traditional building demolition, a major renovation, or a retrofit project. Both occupants and working teams are well protected.
Asbestos removal is better left to professionals
Oftentimes, homeowners and contractors will discover asbestos when doing a renovation or retrofit in the home. While this experience might be off-putting, it’s most important to take steps to properly mitigate the situation. For many homeowners, it might be tempting to save money by doing the work personally, but this is misguided - there are good reasons to do it professionally.
- There are serious health risks for the do-it-yourselfer. Improper asbestos removal can easily release harmful fibers into the air. If inhaled, these asbestos fibers could potentially damage the lungs. In short, this type of health risk is simply not worthwhile.
- The do-it-yourselfer could contaminate other parts of the home during improper removal. With a professional, asbestos removal is handled by trained crews who use special equipment and safety techniques. They comprehensively clean and clear an area.
- An inexperienced homeowner cannot recognize a contaminated area and cannot determine the extent of an asbestos deposit. Asbestos professionals carry out an in-depth inspection; identify the sources of contamination, and completely remove the materials.
By any definition, asbestos is dangerous and asbestos removal is necessary. There are still many buildings constructed or renovated before 1987 that contain asbestos. The inherent dangers come from asbestos fibers that are extremely harmful to humans when they attach to the lungs after being inhaled. Industry and government both agree that even low levels of exposure to asbestos can be hazardous. Hence, there’s a general consensus for professional asbestos removal.
For remediation experts, there are three levels of risk when handling asbestos removal.
Low risk would require minimum protection, moderate risk requires full protection, and high risk requires extra protection. Whatever the case, asbestos removal is absolutely not recommended for the DIY enthusiast – it’s work that necessitates the expertise of professionals. And for Matrix Remediation, a completed job includes an Asbestos Air Quality Test, performed by an independent, third party.
Asbestos removal from the professionals at Matrix Remediation
When it comes to asbestos handling and asbestos removal it’s vital to choose a trusted, reputable remediation contractor. Asbestos specialists at Matrix are focused on safety, particularly for occupants and residents (both residential and commercial). There is really no good reason for an inexperienced homeowner to undertake this work. The professionals at Matrix Remediation are certified and highly trained asbestos technicians. The latest equipment and technology is employed, ensuring a cleanup that is complete, thorough and safe. Above all, asbestos removal work is guaranteed to pass the required Asbestos Air Quality Test (third party), with an added warranty of up to 20 years on the work.
Matrix Remediation provides complete and comprehensive asbestos removal. Along with a NO obligation estimate and consultation services, pricing is reasonable and competitive, and results are guaranteed. But for everyone, whether it’s a residential or commercial issue, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Asbestos is a dangerous substance, and asbestos removal is equally dangerous. It’s best all left to the experts – and why take any chances with health and wellbeing?
Matrix provides services in Calgary, Edmonton, and nearby communities. We provide fast turnaround time and competitive pricing. For a FREE assessment, contact Matrix at 1-888-885-8683 or visit the company’s website at www.matrixremediation.com.
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