The Asbestos Removal Barrie and Surrounding Areas Need

Here at Addmore Insulation, we offer the Barrie area a number of services in addition to insulation installation and removal. We provide roofing and a wide variety of other services to our neighbours. Choose from the following list to be directed to the related portion of the page:

Thermal and Acoustical Batt Insulation

This is probably the most commonly used insulation. It comes in blanket-like pieces or rolls that are placed between the studs of your walls, or hung against poured foundations. Batt insulation must not be compressed, since the trapped air in the fibreglass or mineral wool adds to the insulation value. Crush it or squeeze it into a cavity and you lose R-value. If the builder or contractor is rushed or careless and just slaps it up and pushes it into spaces that are too small for the amount being used, or too big and leave gaps in the coverage—you know what’s going to happen: A loss of thermal insulation.

Another problem with batt insulation is that it is designed to fit between studs. So on those walls you will have cold spots where the studs are—as compared to where the insulation is. The R-value of wood is not the same as that of insulation.

Drill and Fill

Drill and fill

Is your home lacking insulation but you don't want to tear down the walls? Our drill and fill solutions will assist in locating and solving your retrofit insulation issues.

Wall inspection: A wall without insulation can lead to extremely high heating costs, uncomfortable living space and mould growth. Addmore Insulation offers a free exterior wall inspection service to find the walls that require insulation so we can make the cost-effective recommendations to rectify the insulation issues.

Inside: After locating the walls that require insulation, we drill 3" holes within each joist cavity and fill with a high-quality blown-in insulation that will fill the cavity to the desired R-value.

From outdoors: In certain applications we are able to make our entry holes from the exterior of the home. We then fill to the desired R-value. We finish the holes with solid wood pugs.

Attic Top-Up

All homes are not up to code in the city of Barrie. The new required code, as stated in the 2012 Builder's Code, is R-50, which minimizes the cost of heating and cooling.

If your house was not built in 2012 or after, your attic's insulation will be of a lower R-value. To have your house as energy-efficient as possible, you will require an attic insulation top-up.

Topping up your attic could save you up to 28% on your heating and cooling bill. This eco-friendly touch will also reduce your carbon footprint and ensure greener living.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos removal

Asbestos is a dangerous substance that is still found in many homes. For more removal information, please contact us.

If removal is to be performed when users are still present in the building, it is usually necessary to relocate some users temporarily. Typically, the part of the building from which asbestos is being removed has to be sealed off in order to prevent contamination of the other areas. Methods of sealing off an area often include the use of Polyethylene film, duct tape and negative air pressure machines, which are fitted with HEPA filters. The idea is that the contained area is pulling fresh air in so as to not allow asbestos fibres into the surrounding environment.

Only a special vacuum cleaner that's designed for asbestos containment (class H) can be safely used when cleaning up during and after asbestos removal. Ordinary vacuum cleaners cannot be used, even those fitted with a HEPA filter. An ordinary vacuum cleaner will expel the asbestos fibres into the room air.

If the building is closed to normal users, it may be necessary to seal it off from outside atmosphere so that no accessible air is contaminated.


All asbestos waste and the disposable clothing, filters, equipment and building materials that are not to be cleaned and reused must be disposed of as asbestos waste. The material must be in double 6-mil plastic bags, labelled as asbestos, hauled to an approved asbestos landfill in a covered vehicle, and disposed of according to EPA, state, and local regulations. The contractor or homeowner should contact the health department or air pollution control agency in the area where the asbestos removal is to take place to determine local notification, removal and disposal requirements and sites.

1. Place all dampened filters, cloths, mop heads and other asbestos wastes into a transparent (6-mil) plastic bag. Seal the bag with heavy-duty tape. Place the first bag into a second bag.

2. If the bags are not already preprinted, label the bags with a sign: "DANGER; CONTAINS ASBESTOS FIBRES, AVOID CREATING DUST, CANCER AND LUNG DISEASE HAZARD.” The sign should be placed between the two transparent plastic bags. Seal the second bag with heavy-duty tape.

3. Place the sealed and labeled bags with other solid waste material for pick-up and delivery to an approved waste disposal site. Asbestos waste materials should be disposed of according to Federal and local regulations.

Asbestos tends to break down into a dust of microscopic size fibres. Because of their size and shape, these tiny fibres remain suspended in the air for long periods of time and can easily penetrate body tissues after being inhaled or ingested. Because of their durability, these fibres can remain in the body for many years and thereby become the cause of asbestos-related diseases.

Symptoms of these diseases generally do not appear for 10 to 30 years after the exposure. Therefore, long before its effects are detectable, asbestos-related injury to the body may have already occurred. There is no safe level of exposure known; therefore exposure to friable asbestos should be avoided.

Mould Removal

Moulds are ubiquitous in nature, and mould spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. However, when spores are present in large quantities, they are a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems.

Some moulds also produce mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks to humans and animals. The term "toxic mould" refers to moulds that produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum, not to all moulds. Exposure to high levels of mycotoxins can lead to neurological problems, and in some cases, death. Prolonged exposure, e.g., daily workplace exposure, can be particularly harmful.

Symptoms of Mould Exposure:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose
  • Eye irritation, such as itchy, red, watery eyes
  • Respiratory problems, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing, chest tightness
  • Cough
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin irritation, such as a rash
  • Headache
  • Sneezing

Testing for Mould

Sampling is necessary. It should be performed by a trained professional who has specific experience in designing mould-sampling protocols, sampling methods, and the interpretation of findings. Sampling should only be conducted to answer a pertinent question: examples "what is the spore concentration in the air?" or "is a particular species of fungi present in the building?" The additional question should be asked before sampling: "what action can or should a person take upon obtaining data?"

Prevent Mould Growth

In order to avoid mould from growing in your home, you should do the following:

  • Clean and repair roof gutters on a regular basis so that moisture will not seep into your house from the gutters.
  • If you are using an air conditioning machine, you should make sure to keep drip pans clean. Also make sure the drain lines are not being obstructed by anything so that it can flow properly.
  • Humidity in the indoor environment is a major problem that can lead to mould growth if it is not kept below sixty percent. If you are not sure what the humidity level is in your home, you can purchase a humidity meter at any hardware store.
  • If you see any moisture or condensation, act quickly by drying the wet surface and find the water source so it can be avoided in the future.

Cleanup and Removal

The purpose of the cleanup process is to eliminate the mould and fungal growth and to remove contaminated materials. As a general rule, simply killing the mould with a biocide is not enough. The mould must be removed; since the chemicals and proteins, which cause a reaction in humans, are still present even in dead mould.

Evaluating Mould Exposures

Before beginning mould remediation, you should make sure you assess the area infected with mould to ensure safety. Be sure you clean up the entire mouldy area, and properly approach the mould.

  • Assess the area infected with mould, checking for any hidden mould.
  • Fix moisture problems before you remove and clean up the mouldy area to prevent future mould growth issues.
  • If the area of mould is large, you should get a remediation manager to properly dispose of the mould.
  • Be sure to identify the source of water or moisture that caused the mould growth to begin with.
  • Check all air ducts, ventilation systems and air handling units so that the mould problems do not persist in the indoor environment.
  • Consult a qualified professional if you have any problems or if you are not confident that you can properly remove all mould or sources of mould growth.
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