ASBESTOS ABATEMENT

Asbestos-containing materials are hazardous to your health and need to be identified and handled properly to avoid contamination of your home or workplace. We provide asbestos type 1, type 2 and type 3 abatement and removal. Examples typically encountered in residential, industrial or commercial environments are as follow:

Pipe insulation

 

Some of the first uses of asbestos insulation occurred during the latter half of the 1800s when high temperature pipes were a concern. Asbestos-containing pipe insulation was first used in 1866, and in 1870 asbestos was mixed with cement for boiler coverings. By 1874, insulation products contining asbestos were being mass produced and used commercially.

 

 

Acoustic ceiling tile

 

Acoustic ceiling tiles may contain asbestos. The asbestos fibers can also be found in the glue that holds the tile in the ceiling. If a renovation is being planned it would be advisable to have these items sampled to determine whether asbestos content is present. FPR Environmental can provide these services, in addition to proposing abatement solutions.

 

Plaster walls

 

Lathe and plaster walls may contain asbestos content as the asbestos was combined with the plaster as a binder. However, prior to demolition or renovation, the walls or ceilings will have to be sampled to determine if asbestos fibers are present. FPR Environmental can provide these services and can also offer remediation solutions.

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Vermiculite

 

Some vermiculite insulation may contain asbestos fibers. These products can cause health risks if disturbed during maintenance, renovation or demolition.

It was sold as ZONOLITE ATTIC INSULATION and possibly other brands in Canada in the past. Vermiculite may contain amphibole asbestos.

 

Vinyl floor tile

 

Some types of floor tiles may contain asbestos. Mastics, a heavy duty adhesive for floor tiles, may also contain asbestos.

 

 

Transite boards

 

Asbestos was used in the manufacturing of transite boards from the 1930s to the 1980s. Transite, which is essentially a cement board, was mixed with varying concentrations of asbestos fibers to create tensile strength. It was frequently used for furnace flues, shingles, siding, and wallboard for areas where fire retardancy is particularly important.

Boiler insulation

 

Asbestos was commonly used as an insulating jacket on boilers until it was banned from use in the early 1980’s. This insulation is highly fragile and if disturbed can present a serious health risk.

Asbestos paper in air ducts

 

From the mid 1950s through the early '70s, sheet metal air ducts for forced-air heating systems were commonly insulated with a cardboard-like material that contained asbestos fibers. Some ducts were made entirely of this asbestos-containing material (ACM). In some cases, close examination is necessary to determine whether these old ducts are composed of asbestos or merely insulated with it.

Caulking

 

Asbestos made up about 25% of the majority of caulk used in residential and commercial buildings, and other applications in the 1960's and 1970's. Even without repair or removal, as the material naturally degrades small fibers may be released into the air, especially around windows or doors subject to opening and closing.

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