There is a material that is present in all building materials. This is asbestos. Two main families of asbestos stand out, namely serpentines, with chrysotile extracted only in Quebec, and amphiboles (actinolite, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite). Because of these highly sought-after properties, asbestos has been used in the construction of public and private buildings and infrastructure around the world. However, it is clear that asbestos is dangerous to health. In Canada, its use is prohibited in 2018.
Asbestos in the dock
Several serious studies blame it as a source of serious diseases such as cancer. In Quebec, however, several infrastructures, including asbestos cement pipes, remain to this day; this portends a negative impact on the health of workers and the general population.
Chrysotile asbestos accounts for 95% of the world’s asbestos. Asbestos exposure is strongly correlated with an increase in work-related diseases in developed countries.
Estimates indicate that asbestos causes more deaths in Canada than chemical exposures, fires and road accidents combined. It is among the leading factors of occupational illness and death in France and Canada. To combat this scourge, asbestos removal or decontamination of the buildings concerned must be carried out.
Asbestos exposure: risk of life-threatening diseases
Asbestos harms human health through two routes:
- inhalation of asbestos fibres, very fine particles floating in the air when asbestos cement or various asbestos materials begin to decay;
- Ingestion of fibre as a result of deposits on food or objects worn in the mouth.
The digestive and respiratory systems are therefore exposed to the harmful effects of asbestos present in the human environment.
Where is the asbestos around you?
The roof is one of the most common and dangerous supports of these fibers, because it gives access to everything that man can ingest. These very fine particles float in the air and settle in all surfaces below, in utensils. Every breath and every meal becomes an opportunity to load asbestos to his lungs or stomach.
In construction, asbestos is often mixed with cement to make pipe pipes. It can contaminate the water you drink directly at the source when the cement disintegrates.
It also affects professional environments. For example, during the manufacture of asbestos products and during demolition operations, renovation, workers can handle it.
The mechanical sector is not the rest. This is the case with the repair of braking and clutch systems, boats built with asbestos materials. Specialists insulation and heating system, plumbing, sheet metal, and plumbing are also affected.
Workers who remove asbestos waste, produce cement and maintain buildings and asbestos materials are also at risk.
Generally speaking, when you suspect asbestos in an old infrastructure, thinking about an asbestos test is a good idea before you acquire any kind of property or move. Precede a renovation, building or demolition of an asbestos test using the services of professionals such as Decontamination Experts MC.
The diseases caused by asbestos
Asbestos causes many fatal diseases and has resulted in several deaths in various environments.
First of all, it can lead to a chronic lung disease calledasbestosis. It consists of the formation of scar tissue inside the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis), which decreases the elasticity of the lung. The result is less fluid breathing and shortness of breath. A pulmonary functional exploration assesses the severity of the disease. Another symptom is:
- Chest pains;
- Reduced lung function;
- Digital hippocratism;
- A bluish skin.
It usually starts after several years of exposure and can lead to lung cancer depending on:
- The duration of exposure, and the amount or level of ingestion;
- Time spent after the last exhibition;
- The person’s health and history (age at contact, previous smoking, exposure to other harmful dust);
- The size and type of asbestos fibres.
Each organism reacts differently and a few months are enough for some to develop the evil where others will take 03 decades or more to suffer. Cancer is often detected late, with the appearance of chronic coughs, fevers, chest pain, weight loss. Similar symptoms appear for other lung conditions, and only laboratory tests can provide accurate diagnosis.
Asbestos can also cause cancers of the larynx, ovaries, chest wall or abdominal cavity.
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare, very virulent, often fatal cancer linked to asbestos that develops in the heart of mesothelium cells, in the pericardial pleural cavity (lung) (heart) or peritoneum (abdomen). The latency period varies between 30 and 40 years, proportionally with the level (low or high) of asbestos exposure.
This cancer can develop in the peritoneal area when the fibers discharged from the airways by the mucus are swallowed. It often results in the death of the patient in just a few months, and the chances of survival are low, depending on the intensity (quantity) of exposure. Some scientists predict a better chance of survival if diagnosed early. It manifests itself in the case of pleural mesothelioma by chest pain, dry cough and shoulder pain. Weight loss occurs as the size of the tumour changes, which weakens it.
The turnkey asbestos removal service
Decontamination companies such as Decontamination Expert MC based in Vaudreuil-Dorion are well placed to offer this service.
In fact, the company is responsible for ridding buildings of toxic products. These include asbestos, mold and vermiculites. She is also involved in the healthy renovation of the premises, within a 150-kilometre radius of the metropolis in the greater Montreal area.
Analysis of potentially polluted spaces
The company performs the entire procedure to clean up your premises from top to bottom.
First, the asbestos and mould analysis phase is used to assess the quality of the air being breathed. In particular, it checks the roof, which may be made of asbestos fibrociment, withthe analysis of asbestos tiles and other suspicious building materials. Checks are carried out to detect cases ofasbestos-to-go andmold-in-the-cross, asbestos basement or asbestos attic.
The asbestos removal and other decontamination phase
Once the analyses are completed by a sworn laboratory, the diagnosis of decontamination need is made. The structure performs attic decontamination, basement decontamination and roof-to-roof decontamination. What’s more, here you have experts in asbestos tile decontamination, asbestos tussling decontamination, attic asbestos decontamination and vermiculite decontamination.
They also take care of mold decontamination work with inter-roof mold decontamination and attic mold decontamination.
The control phase and precautions to be taken
Once this phase is complete, Decontamination ExpertsTM entrusts the control of the effectiveness of the operation to an independent laboratory to ensure that your environment is free of the presence of this toxic element that threatens your health and well-being. This painstaking process of work is the responsibility of APCHQ. This helps to create a healthy environment for your family where the risk of lung cancer or asbestos-related related cancer decreases.