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Protecting Yourself & Others from Indoor Environmental Hazards

Mold

The air you breathe in your home or work often contains more contaminants than the air outside. Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. works to help you protect yourself, your family and the public from mold, and understanding the risks is the first step.


First of all, the rates of exposure and sensitivity vary from person to person whether you are sensitive to mold or truly allergic to it. More exposure can make an individual more sensitive.


Currently, no national government regulatory standards directly address mold removal or remediation. At the same time, certain groups of people are at greater risk for health problems related to mold exposure, including:

  • Children under two years of age
  • Elderly in convalescence
  • Immune compromised individuals
  • People with sensitive respiratory systems
  • Pregnant women


Rates and types of exposure to mold can also affect your response to it. If you believe you have a mold problem, here are some facts to consider:

  • Active mold growth on one square inch of drywall can have as many as 10 million spores.
  • A 100 pound person has two times the exposure of a 200 pound person.
  • It could be problematic if you breathe in or ingest (eat or drink) mold spores.
  • Your skin and eyes are vulnerable to fungal infections.


Take Precautions to Avoid Putting Yourself at Risk

Consulting a mold remediation expert can help identify sources of mold in your home or work environment and enact a plan to remove it. Contact Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. for a mold assessment at your Alberta home or business.


Asbestos

What Is Asbestos?

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


Take Precautions to Avoid Putting Yourself at Risk

There are steps you can take to avoid putting yourself at risk when renovating your home or business. Many people unknowingly expose themselves to or release harmful asbestos fibres when doing upgrades, repairs or renovations.


If your building was renovated or built before 1990, it may have materials containing asbestos.


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 take samples of suspect materials for you and submit them to an accredited laboratory for analysis. 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.


Avoid the following situations:

  • Disturbing loose-fill vermiculite insulation in your attic or walls
  • Removing insulation materials from furnaces, ducting & boilers
  • Sanding or scraping vinyl asbestos floor tiles
  • Peeling up linoleum with possible asbestos containing paper backing
  • Cutting and/or removing drywall
  • Scraping ceiling or wall textures
  • Removing deteriorating roofing shingles and/or roofing membranes
  • Removing siding or stucco
  • Sawing, drilling or smoothing rough edges of asbestos-containing materials
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