Asbestos Removal Process - Rescue Restoration
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http://www.rescuerestoration.ca Our service ensures that the necessary pre-abatement activities are performed, including obtaining permits, decontamination units and general preparation of the work area and air monitoring. Quality assurance measures are also performed to ensure proper implementation throughout the removal process. After the abatement is complete, we perform inspections on: Boiler , Equipment and Breeching Insulation Ceiling Tile, Vinyl Asbestos Tile (VAT) and Mastic Heating Duct Insulations Piping Insulation Roofing, Siding and Transite Panels Sprayed or Troweled-on Materials Wall Plaster Window Caulking Asbestos Abatement Services In addition to monitoring air quality and cleaning the work area, we also make sure any waste disposal is carried out in the safest, most acceptable method. To learn more about asbestos, check out the asbestos types page. Our services can address any asbestos removal situation. Call us: 604-888-7777 We want to share with you this article published on the Burnaby News Leader: By Mario Bartel - Burnaby NewsLeader Published: August 14, 2012 10:00 AM Updated: August 14, 2012 10:08 AM Steve Mara is an exorcist. But he doesn't use prayers and a cross. His weapon is a utility knife and the demons he exorcises are asbestos fibres. Mara is a technician with Rescue Restoration, a Burnaby company that specializes in cleaning up asbestos from industrial, commercial and residential properties across British Columbia. It's hot, dirty, dangerous work that is increasingly bringing him into homes and apartments. "Asbestos is the devil," says Mara. That's because when asbestos fibres become airborne they can lodge in the lungs, causing scarring that may eventually lead to asbestosis or lung cancer. Asbestos is a natural mineral that is a poor conductor of heat and electricity and so versatile that it can be spun into yarn, woven into cloth and added to other materials like cotton and cement. Those qualities made it perfect for insulating walls, boilers, and pipes in factories, offices, public buildings and even schools as well as appliances and engines. But it's also been incorporated into household products like caulk, roofing shingles, drywall mud, vinyl floor and acoustical ceiling tiles, even latex paint, especially in houses and apartments built before the 1990s. "It's very common," says Mara. "You're living with it in your house and you probably don't even know it." Left undisturbed, Health Canada says asbestos is perfectly safe. But as demolition crews or renovation contractors start tearing apart walls, ripping up floors, pulling down ceilings, the tiny fibres can be released into the air becoming time bombs in the lungs of those who breathe them in that may not detonate for 20 or more years. Increased awareness of asbestos' ubiquity and the hazard it presents has created an opportunity for companies like Rescue Restoration, a division of Milani Plumbing and Heating. If a building is suspected of containing materials that incorporate asbestos, or if a sample piece of a wall tests positive for asbestos, technicians like Mara are called in to safely decontaminate the property. "We have to get the devil out," says Mara, who underwent 10 days of specialized training in hazardous material management at PHH Arc Environmental in Richmond. Before he even enters a building or room suspected of asbestos contamination, he spends 15 minutes methodically pulling on a protective suit, booties and gloves and an air-supplied full face mask so his entire body is sealed from the outside environment. He has to stay clean-shaven so there won't be even the tiniest gap in the seal around his mask. "I try to pretend it's not there," says Mara of the health risk. "You've got to have faith in your equipment." The rooms in which he has to work are sealed off and large vacuums installed to create negative pressure, sucking the contaminated air through charcoal filters that trap the asbestos fibres. Sometimes whole buildings have to be sealed, and work areas sprayed constantly with water to knock down any airborne fibres. Jobs like that can take up to two weeks, with Mara and his crew working one-hour stints before they have to take a break out of the hot, air-tight suits. "It's very uncomfortable," says Mara. But, he says, at least it's not as bad as his previous line of work, cleaning up the scenes of crimes like murders and stabbings. •Asbestos has been banned in new construction projects in many countries like Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the European Union.