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mould removal
mould removal

Though many naturally occurring mould strains are not dangerous, certain conditions can lead to the growth of particularly harmful strains of mould inside of buildings. Water damaged wood, cardboard or fiberboard can become host to dangerous moulds.

Look For The Signs Of Mould

Homeowners, realtors and business owners should all be on the look out for signs of mould in particular when there is or has been moisture buildup in areas. Dangerous moulds come in a variety of colours. A very dangerous greenish-black mould known as Stachybotrys Chartarum (SC) or "Black Mould" produce mycotoxins that can suppress and even destroy your immune system, including your lymphoid tissue and bone marrow.

Mould Elimination

Mould spores are incredibly resistant to heat and chemical cleaning agents like bleach. Even though it may appear that you have wiped the mould away, you may merely have disturbed more spores into the air to repopulate at a later time. In other cases the source of the spores may be out of sight, like behind drywall on wall studs.

We can eradicate the problem in an affordable, efficient manner using the latest tools and techniques. Our testing can also help verify that the atmospheric levels of dangerous mould spores have been brought into safe levels for your family or employees.

How Does Mould Affect Living Organisms?

When toxic mould multiplies or is disturbed, its spores are released into your living environment. When we breathe spores they can settle in our warm moist lungs and develop, spawning health problems that range from cell and DNA interference to asthma, respiratory illness, cancer, and myelin sheath degeneration (long term degeneration can contribute to development of neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's etc.). Normal moulds exist and we breathe them in regularly, but our immune systems are able to recognize them and prevent infection. Toxic mould strains often have immunosuppressant mycotoxins present either on the spore or within it and can pass through the blood-brain barrier, entering your brain through your nose mucous!

Other diseases associated with toxic mould exposure include leukemia, chronic fatigue syndrome as well as kidney, esophageal and liver cancer. It is estimated that mould affects about 25% of homes in Canada. Don't let your family be subject to the health dangers of toxic mould! Get us do assess your problem for FREE today!

CONTACT US TODAY to assess your mould problem.

asbestos removal
asbestos removal

Disturbed asbestos creates asbestos dust which is a serious health threat for those exposed to it.

Working Quickly To Get You Back In Your Building

Our crew are specialists in the abatement of Asbestos and are the most efficient in the business. We offer professional, licensed service to southwest Ontario for Type 1, 2 or 3 and Type 2 Glovebag removal of all types of Asbestos. We trap ALL asbestos fibers and clean your house or commercial property site to remove all fibres. We work swiftly to minimize the impact on your schedule and get you back into your building as soon as possible.

Sources Of Asbestos

  • Vermiculite attic insulation such as Zonolite
  • Hot water pipe, boiler and furnace insulation
  • Asbestos floor tile
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles
  • HVAC duct paper and vent boots
  • Window Caulking and drywall joint compound
  • Stucco "popcorn" Ceilings
  • Transite pipes and boards
  • Roof shingles
  • Vinyl flooring

We have the manpower to get the job done fast and we work with you to get the job done quickly and inexpensively. We can then provide air tests based on the type of removal required to verify the safety standards have been met. All work is performed in accordance with Ministry of Environment regulations and proper disposal methods used.

Finding Asbestos During Home Inspection

Finding asbestos while trying to close a home sale can be inconvenient and delay negotiations. We have the fleet, the tools and the manpower to get your asbestos removed and get you back on scheduled for the successful closure of your property sale.

Providing free estimates, we will beat ANY quote you have. Out independent lab tests can determine the presence of any type of asbestos fibre. Using these results we can determine what steps to take for the quick removal of the material.

40 Years Of Experience

We have over 40 years experience in Asbestos abatement from residential to commercial and institutions. We have handled projects from small areas of Type 1 floor tile to large industrial Type 3 abatement projects. Drop us a line today to obtain your FREE quote.

CONTACT US TODAY to discuss removing your asbestos problem.

lead paint removal
lead paint removal

Public exposure to lead has decreased over the years, but lead is still found in many places due to its widespread use in the 2000s. This neurotoxic heavy metal poses serious health risks.

The Dangers Of Lead

Lead interferes with a variety of body processes and is toxic to many organs and tissues including the heart, bones, intestines and kidneys as well as the reproductive and nervous systems. Lead interferes with the development of the nervous system and accumulates in the body so it is particularly toxic to children. Lead poisoning in youth can cause permanent learning and behavioral disorders. Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anemia and irritability. Severe cases can include seizures, coma, and even death.

Sources Of Lead

There is no safe threshold for lead and occupational exposure remains to this day the highest source of lead exposure to humans. Lead based paints used for decades pose a threat to children who might be prone to eating the paint "chips." Sanding of lead based paint can generate large amounts of lead dust which is inhaled and passed through the mucous membranes of the nose and lungs. While lead rarely passes through the skin and lead paint is safe to touch, if cracking, lead paint is already generating lead dust.

Lead In Your Workplace

While lead paint remains a continual source of required remediation, if you work with plumbing, circuit boards, ceramic glazes or are a plumber, auto mechanics, glass manufacturers, construction worker or battery manufacturer and recycler you may have exposure to lead. If lead dust gets on to the ground or into water that is spilled onto the ground, remediation is required.

If you have concerns about lead in your home or business, call us to investigate. We will provide a free estimate, and we offer independent lab tests which are an inexpensive way to determine the presence of lead in any material or soil sample.

CONTACT US TODAY if you suspect lead in your home or business.

uffi removal
uffi removal

Used as a home insulation that could easily be injected into wall cavities and produce decent insulation, it became apparent within a decade of use that the product created noxious fumes that burned the eyes, nose, lungs and throat.

Eye, Throat, Nose and Lung Irritant

Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI) has its origins back in the 1930s. This foam insulation was easily injected under pressure into walls and other spaces with a hose providing a quick way for home owners to retrofit older homes with no insulation. The liquid mixture was applied with a hose and a mixing gun, combining the foaming agent, resin and compressed air. The foam would expand into wall cavities and fill the void with an insulation that provided a value of R-5 per inch. The mixed foam became firm within minutes and took about a week to fully cure. For years after curing some applications of UFFI were known to produce gasses into family homes which made many homeowners sick. UFFI is generally spotted in homes built before the 1970s. If you see a yellow hardened liquid in your basement, crawl space, attic, or wall cavities, you may have UFFI.

While much of remaining UFFI in homes no longer produces noxious fumes, it can still be viewed as a detriment when trying to sell your home. We are specialists in the removal of UFFI and can provide you a free quote for abatement.

Spotting UFFI

Visually UFFI looks like oozing liquid that has hardened. As UFFI ages it can darken and take on more of a butterscotch colour. New UFFI can often be a light yellow color. Early forms of UFFI tended to shrink significantly and the foam dried with a dull matte color. Very old cured UFFI can even be dry and crumbly.

Around 1980, concerns began to develop about formaldehyde vapor emitted by the curing process, as well as from the breakdown of old foam. Improperly mixed UFFI could often have too much formaldehyde which would discharge into the home as a gas. Formaldehyde emission rates exceeding 3.0 - 5.0 parts per million (ppm) cause a variety of adverse health effects impacting the eyes, nose, and respiratory system.

Health Impacts Of Formaldehyde

UFFI was usually mixed at the location of use while constructing the home walls. It was then injected inside the walls, the curing process occurs, and the final product acts as an insulating agent. Because less information was known about the toxic health effects of formaldehyde in the 1970s, extra formaldehyde was often added to the mixture to ensure that the curing process would occur completely. Since this time studies have been done on people who are subjected to low levels of formaldehyde on a daily basis and there were no long term adverse affects. As UFFI ages it tends to release less formaldehyde gas.

CONTACT US TODAY if you are concerned about UFFI

disaster restoration
disaster restoration

AGS Environmental is ready to roll 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with your disaster restoration.

Water Happens

We have all the equipment and expertise to quickly and efficiently manage:

  • Flood Damage
  • Sewer Backup and black water
  • Wind damage including tornado damage (including asbestos disturbances)
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Disturbance of certain hazardous materials
  • Wildlife and pet damage
  • General cleanup of workrooms, attics, sheds, crawlspaces etc.

Disasters and Toxins

Flooding and weather damage to buildings can be dealt with but don't let these events become health issues for your family too. Damage to buildings can often open up wall cavities where UFFI or asbestos had previously been undisturbed. Lead paints and dust might be ejected into the air when walls or ceilings shift or come down and mould can form when floods affect unseen parts of crawl spaces or wall cavities. What you can't see might be dangerous for your family's health. Get the disaster cleaned up right, by the pros and get back into your home faster!

CONTACT US TODAY if you've recently been victim of a disaster!

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asbestos

Asbestos Removal

The presence of Asbestos in commercial buildings and residences is becoming more and more of a concern for Canadians. Our crew are specialists in the abatement of Asbestos and are the most efficient in the business.

mould

Mould Removal

Certain conditions and environments can lead to the growth of particularly harmful strains of mould in buildings. If left unchecked, these toxic moulds can lead to serious health problems for the occupants of the building.

uffi

UFFI Removal

Formaldehyde vapours emitted by the curing process of urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) as well as from the breakdown of old foam are a known lung, nose, throat and eye irritant. This insulation style was used extensively in homes in the 1970s.

lead

Lead Paint

Exposure to lead has decreased over the years but lead is still found in many environments due to its use in paints, gasoline, solder and pipes for decades before the 2000s. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin and lead dust is easily absorbed into the blood through the lungs.

restoration

Disaster Recovery

When weather or bad plumbing has caused flooding which has caused a contamination issue, our recovery services can help clean up your building and get you back into it as soon as possible. AGS Environmental is ready to roll 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with your disaster restoration.

sandblasting

Sandblasting Services

Sandblasting is used to clean surfaces, remove rust, oxidation, or finishes and to prepare surfaces for new coating applications. This process thoroughly removes the material without harming the substrate and consists of propelling an abrasive media at high velocity via compressed air onto the surface to be cleaned.

 
lead

PCBs

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) pose significant human health risks with exposure. Links to digestive cancers, reduced fertility and neurological problems are all symptoms of exposure. Production of PCBs was terminated before the 1980s because it was discovered they do not break down and can build up in the environment.

restoration

Mercury

Many industrial processes, landfills and incineration activities release mercury into the environment. This neurotoxin has the potential to cause damage to speech, hearing, walking and muscle strength. Mercury was also used in fungicides, preservatives and liquid mercury was used in gauges and meters of industrial and commercial equipment.

sandblasting

Sample Testing

We're proud to now offer independent sample testing. Our labs can verify if the mould, or material sample of potential asbestos, PCB or other toxin is a danger to your building and the occupants within. Call us to have your material tested!

 
dry ice blasting

Dry Ice Blasting

An effective restoration technique for mould remediation and smoke or fire damage removal, dry ice blasting leaves no residual blasting media and is safe for use when dust and particulate residue can be a problem.

disposal bin rental

Disposal Bin Rental

Need an onsite bin for disposal of construction, demolition or renovation debris? We deliver and pick-up bins for your disposal needs.

bat guano removal

Bat Guano Removal

Feces from this animal carries dangerous fungus and needs to be handled carefully to avoid breathing in any of the toxins.

Professional and cost effective services operating in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, London, Hamilton and surrounding areas in South-Western Ontario.