Danger Asbestos

Asbestos Abatement for Edmonton Homes & Businesses

A natural material mined in places throughout the world, asbestos was commonly used in building materials as it is fire proof, insulating well against heat and electricity. This durable material is chemical and wear-resistant and was incorporated into hundreds of applications and products.

Is There Asbestos in My Home?
Was your home built or renovated before 1990? If so, chances are that some materials in your home may contain asbestos. This material can be found in:

  • Cement board siding
  • Felt for roofing
  • Stucco
  • Pipe and boiler coverings
  • Floor levelling compounds
  • Drywall compound
  • Driveway coating
  • Textured or popcorn ceilings & walls
  • Plaster skim coat
  • T-bar acoustical ceiling tiles
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Furnace ducting & duct tapes
  • Sheet linoleum
  • And more…

What Should I Do?
The first step is not to panic. In many scenarios, if the material is in good condition, leave it alone. If you don’t know if asbestos is present, the experts at Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. can test material for you. If you are planning a home improvement, it’s important to check for asbestos first. If you have asbestos materials that are damaged or deteriorating, isolate the area immediately, stay away from it and contact us for a consultation.

Asbestos Abatement & Guidelines
Only skilled asbestos abatement professionals like Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. who follow all codes, government regulations and accepted protocol should be used for your project. Be aware that high and moderate-risk abatement projects require third-party air monitoring and clearance testing.

The Abatement Process
Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. follows all Alberta Occupational Health & Safety guidelines for asbestos abatement in Edmonton and Alberta. We provide proper training and personnel protective equipment for employees, apply for permits and have equipment certified. You can rest assured that all regulations will be followed and precautions taken to ensure safety.

Containment is a critical aspect of the process and must be achieved prior to any removal of asbestos-containing materials. Regulations require that an abatement take place under negative air to prevent the release of asbestos fibres into the surrounding environment. When required (high risk) we set up clean rooms with decontamination showers. Air monitoring is performed by a third party consultant during the project for all moderate and high-risk abatements.

Removing Asbestos Materials
When removing materials containing asbestos, Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. adheres to the following Alberta Abatement Guidelines:

  • We file a notice of project with Workplace Health & Safety.
  • We perform DOP (filter efficiency) testing of HEPA-filtered air movers and vacuums.
  • We ensure containment of the area to be abated with decontamination setup.
  • We set up HEPA-filtered air moving equipment to prevent any cross contamination.
  • A third-party environmental consultant visually inspects the containment before abatement begins. (Legislation requires this for moderate and high-risk abatements.)
  • A third-party environmental consultant performs a visual inspection to ensure all asbestos materials have been removed and containment is clean. (Legislation requires this for moderate and high-risk abatements.)
  • A third-party environmental consultant completes a final air test after a minimum drying period of four hours. (Legislation requires this for moderate and high-risk abatements.)

What Is HEPA?
HEPA is a type of air filter that stands for high-efficiency particulate arrestance. To qualify for this rating, a filter must be able to remove 99.97% of particles that are .3 microns or larger. A micron is one millionth of a meter. In other words, by using these filters, we are able to trap the most miniscule of contaminants.