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    RGR ABATEMENTS in Calgary, AB specializes in low cost asbestos removal and asbestos testing, vermiculite insulation, mold abatement, full restoration of flood damaged properties

  • INSURED, LICENSED, BONDED & CERTIFIED

    RGR ABATEMENTS in Calgary, AB specializes in low cost asbestos removal and asbestos testing, vermiculite insulation, mold abatement, full restoration of flood damaged properties

  • INSURED, LICENSED, BONDED & CERTIFIED

    RGR ABATEMENTS in Calgary, AB specializes in low cost asbestos removal and asbestos testing, vermiculite insulation, mold abatement, full restoration of flood damaged properties

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ABOUT RGR ABATEMENTS

 

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is one of the most significant concerns a homebuyer or property manager can have. Despite being a naturally occurring material, asbestos fiber is an invisible toxin that can cause severe health problems when inhaled. Assessment and removal can be time-consuming and expensive, so picking the right service is paramount for house or building safety. Asbestos removal is a complicated job, and federal regulations govern the training given to asbestos technicians.

aesbestos-warning

 

Asbestos was a standard building material for housing up until the 1980s. Composed of six different naturally occurring minerals, asbestos is very useful as an industrial insulator. Asbestos is cheaply produced and resistant to fire and electricity, properties that made it a conventional material in construction. Asbestos could be found anywhere from houses and apartment buildings to offices and skyscrapers. Production in the United States hit its apex in 1973 with more than 800,000 tons created for use in hundreds of different materials. Asbestos was used in many various industries on many different products. Buildings, airplanes, cars, pipes, and even individual clothes were made with some combination of asbestos minerals.

Asbestos basics

As mentioned above, asbestos is one of six different minerals. Those minerals are:

 

  • Chrysotile
  • Amosite
  • Actinolite
  • Tremolite
  • Crocidolite
  • Anthophyllite

 

These six minerals are separated into two groups for practical purposes. Serpentine asbestos is sheets or layered materials. Only the chrysotile fiber belong to this group, but this type of asbestos is most common in the United States with construction projects. Serpentine type asbestos can be found in plaster, drywall, rubber gaskets, fireproof clothing and material, countertops, piping, and caulk.

 

Amphibole asbestos comprises the other five minerals, but mostly amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos). These types aren’t as commons as serpentine but were still found in many binding substances (like cement) and synthetic insulation.

 

Decades ago, nearly every industrial application could find a practical use for asbestos, and its usage skyrocketed during the construction boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Machine shops, shipyards, and construction sites of all kinds were linked to asbestos.

 

However, by the 1970s, asbestos was recognized by the EPA as a hazardous pollutant, and its use became heavily regulated. Asbestos use is banned in many industrialized countries like the European Union and Japan, but its use is still permitted in some instances in the United States. According to the U.S Office of Compliance, over 10,000 people die each year from asbestos-related illnesses.

Why is asbestos so dangerous?

 

All six forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans. Asbestos exposure has been linked to numerous health concerns like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Asbestos fibers latch onto lung tissue when inhaled, but don’t cause immediate symptoms. Over time, these threads linger in the body and resist the immune system’s attempts to purge them. Because of its ubiquitous use, asbestos is one of the top workplace health hazards in the world and removal is critical to avoiding long-term exposure.

 

Asbestos comes in many different packages depending on the mineral used. The term for deducing the hazardousness of different types of asbestos is called “friability.” Friability refers to the ease in which dust particles can be released into the air from the asbestos-laden material. Non-friable asbestos products like certain floor tiles are less dangerous to humans because of the difficulty the fibers have in becoming airborne. Friable asbestos materials, like stucco ceilings, more easily release fibers into the air through movement or disruption. These threads are invisible to the naked eye, and this is why it’s essential to contact a professional for your asbestos problems. You may not even realize you’re inhaling the toxic fibers once they become airborne and symptoms can take years to manifest.

 

Some familiar places asbestos could be found:

 

  • Roofing materials
  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Floor tiles
  • Joint compounds
  • Thermal insulation
  • Drywall and plaster

 

What precautions should be taken for materials suspected to contain asbestos?

 

Asbestos removal should be left to professionals, and we offer efficient and timely service to remove contamination from your home or business. Disrupting existing pockets of asbestos could release more fibers into the air and cause more significant risks of exposure. If asbestos is discovered in your home or workplace, take the following steps to avoid making the problem worse:

 

  1. DO NOT touch any substance you think could be contaminated with asbestos. Proper protective wear should be worn at all times. Asbestos fibers can be airborne and enter the body through the nose, mouth, eyes, and skin. Gloves, goggles, masks, and respirators should be used during contact with any asbestos or related contaminated materials.

 

  1. DO NOT drill or renovate any wall or ceiling thought to contain asbestos. Often, asbestos exposure is minimal and less risky if the material lies dormant on the other side of walls or ceilings in homes or businesses. When heavy equipment is used to renovate or remodel these structures, asbestos fibers can be stirred up and released into the air. If you suspect your home or office contains asbestos, keeping contamination from spreading is of utmost importance.

 

  1. DO contact a professional certified asbestos removal service if the minerals are discovered in your home or business. Asbestos removal is a complication procedure and should only be trusted to qualified experts. Only certified asbestos removal services take the proper precautions for both clients and employees and have the steps to make your work or home environment free of toxic materials.

RGR ABATEMENTS in Calgary, AB specializes in low cost asbestos removal and asbestos testing, vermiculite insulation, mold abatement, full restoration of flood damaged properties, hoarding type projects, residential/commercial demolition, and new home and renovation construction. We are fully insured (up to 5 million with contractor’s pollution liability), government bonded, home warranty protected, and BBB approved!

Opening back in 2004, we started off as property managers and house flippers. We started RGR Abatements for one main reason: “HOW CAN WE MAKE ABATEMENT COSTS CHEAPER for ourselves and others”? Since then, we have successfully completed over 1500 projects for banks, insurance companies, home builders, home owners, property managers, commercial and residential managers and business owners. We take extreme pride in our work and want to make sure it can be completed on time, cost effective with excellent customer service.

Our team of consultants, engineers, certified abatement workers, plumbers, and electricians will make sure any project (large or small) will be finished and brought back to clean air. As past and current property managers, we are familiar with disaster and have experienced it on personal levels. We can work late nights during non-business hours or weekends if required.

Please don’t hesitate to call us today at 403-681-3697 if you have any questions about Asbestos Testing, Asbestos Removal, Demolition or any of the other services we offer!

 

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