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I’ve had a professional Hazardous Materials Assessment completed – now what?

Why is it important to have a professional Hazardous Materials Assessment completed before starting a maintenance, renovation, or demolition project?

Occupational Health and Safety legislation states that the employer is responsible for identifying hazardous materials such as asbestos, mould, lead, PCB’s, mercury, and radioactive materials prior to any renovation or abatement project. Impacting these materials may expose occupants or workers to these hazards if proper safety measures have not been put in place to safely […]

How do I know if my home or building contains asbestos?

It is always a good idea to hire a professional company, such as ASE Services, to perform an asbestos assessment of your home or building prior to beginning a maintenance, renovation, or demolition project – especially if it was built prior to the 1990’s. An assessment will determine which areas contain asbestos, as well as […]

Where would I find asbestos in a home or building?

Asbestos fibre may be located in several areas of a home or building, such as: Walls Ceilings Floors Window caulking Mechanical insulating products Electrical products Roofing materials Exterior brick or siding Please feel free to contact ASE Services if you have any questions or concerns about asbestos in your home or workplace.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring mineral (rock) fibres found all over the world.  Throughout the 20th century, it was often combined with building related materials due to its fire retardant and insulation properties. Asbestos has since been labelled a hazardous material and it’s use is highly restricted. Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause detrimental […]

What should I do if there is mould in my home or building?

If you feel that there is a mould issue in your home or building, you should bring in a professional company to conduct a mould assessment. This may include a visual inspection, moisture measurements, and air sampling.  Once the mould source has been identified, and the area properly cleaned or remediated, the health symptoms associated […]

What are the symptoms of mould exposure?

Symptoms of mould exposure include: Skin irritations or rashes Dry hacking cough Nose, eye or throat irritations Nasal or sinus congestion Wheezing or difficulty breathing People who spend extended periods of time in an indoor setting with mould will likely experience irritant or allergic responses. The more an individual is exposed to mould, the higher […]

What causes mould to grow indoors?

An indoor environment has everything mould spores need to grow — the right temperature and a food source such as drywall, plywood, etc.  It only needs moisture or a water source. Mould will grow if a moisture source is introduced into the environment. Water intrusions from an outdoor source, like flooding or roof and window […]