Hazpro Environmental is not only an asbestos removal company.
Hazpro also specializes in abatement, remediation and removal of mould, lead paint, and other hazardous materials from homes, commercial businesses, hospitals, schools, and government buildings.
How to: Remove mould and lead paint.
Mould is the common word for any fungus that grows on food or damp materials. Mould can be black, white or almost any color. It often looks like a stain or smudge and it may smell musty.
In order to grow, mould needs moisture and a material it can live on. It then releases “spores” into the air which are small enough that people can actually breathe them in. These spores and the by-products they produce can negatively impact your health. There are thousands of different types of mould spores, and health effects can vary based on levels of exposure, type of mould, and the individual’s sensitivity.
Hazpro Environmental strives to help you and your family live a healthier and happier life so here are some simple things that you can do to help remove mould from your home!
Lead-containing paints and coatings were commonly used in home construction and do not necessarily present a health risk if left intact. For many years, lead was added to paint in various amounts to increase durability, make colours more vibrant, and help the paint dry quicker. However, a health risk occurs when the paint or coating begins to chip, peel or is disturbed in any way. Lead content is common in interior paints older than 1960, and in exterior paint manufactured before 1990. The lead limit in Canadian household paint was further lowered to 0.009% in 2010.
Lead in paint becomes a hazard when it is breathed in as dust created by sanding, grinding or cutting, or is otherwise ingested as chips, flakes or from residue rubbing off onto food through dusty/contaminated hands. Children and pregnant women are most susceptible to lead absorption and must be kept away from degrading paint or activities that may disturb it.
In many cases, houses with newer paint can hide several layers of older paint, many of which could have high levels of lead. Proper testing and proper procedures for handling the disposal are a must.
WorkSafeBC also requires that lead-containing waste materials have a Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP or “Leachate Test”). Hazpro can provide testing services as well as leachable lead abatement/remediation.
The first step to lead paint removal is to complete a visual investigation. If you feel you may be at risk, the experts at Hazpro Environmental can perform a thorough inspection and risk assessment of the areas that may be contaminated with mould or lead.
The Hazpro team recognizes that getting the job done right and in a timely manner is critical. They have the training, experience, and foresight to identify potential problems before they occur; saving our you time and money.
Remove mould and lead paint with Hazpro safely and painlessly!
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Canadian Paint and Coatings Association, Health Canada Lead-based paint pamphlet, Surface Coating Materials Regulations, WorkSafeBC Safe Work Practices for Handling Lead