Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What is an asbestos?

Where is asbestos found?

What does asbestos look like?

When do I need to have asbestos inspection?

What do I do if I have asbestos?

What kind of health risks should I be concerned about?

 

What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

Why are Backflow Prevention Device required?

When do I need to use a Backflow Prevention Device?

What are the types of Backflow Prevention Device?

Who is responsible for the installation of Backflow Prevention Device?

How much will the installation of Backflow Prevention Device cost?

 

 

 

ASBESTOS FAQs

 

What is an asbestos?
Asbestos is a  fibrous mineral with high tensile strength with great resistance to heat and most chemicals. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper and cement products, textiles, coatings, etc.. Today, asbestos is declared a health threat and is banned from use.

 

 

Where is asbestos found?
Asbestos can still be found in mines in certain countries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have declared any buildings built on or before 1980 to presume asbestos are present.

 

 

What does asbestos look like?
Asbestos are fiber like structures and so it would be almost impossible to see with naked eyes. If a material seems suspicious, contact a professional investigator immediately such as AR Inspection to inspect for possible presence of asbestos.

 

 

When do I need to have asbestos inspection?

Asbestos inspections, also called Phase 1A are generally performed prior to any Department of Buildings filings and construction works. Certified asbestos investigator will inspect and generate an ACP-5 form which will be supplemented into the initial Department of Buildings filing for work permit.

 

 

What do I do if I have asbestos?

If you feel that you are in a presence of asbestos, you should immediately contact a professional asbestos investigator such as AR Inspection to have immediate inspection conducted to determine whether the suspect material is indeed an asbestos or not. If indeed, the material turns up positive as to containing asbestos, an asbestos abatement company should be alerted and notified for immediate removal.  Generally, asbestos will pose no threat if undisturbed.

 

 

What kind of health risks should I be concerned about?

Asbestos are widely known for causing Asbestosis (scarring inside the lungs), Pleural Plaque (scarring outside the lungs), Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma.

 

 

 

 

BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE  FAQs

 

What is a Backflow Prevention Device?
A backflow prevention device is a component to prevent contaminated (Gray or Black) water or other pollutants from reversing and flowing back into the public drinking water system.

 

 

Why are Backflow Prevention Device required?
A backflow prevention device is  needed to provide protection incase of backflow of contaminated water. These waters may include waters from laundry, kitchen, bathroom, etc.  Any contaminant that enters back into the public drinking water system pose risk and threat to public health and environmental safety.

 

 

When do I need to use a Backflow Prevention Device?
Generally, backflow prevention devices are installed during new constructions and renovations which involves disturbing the public water system.  Sometimes existing backflow prevention device may need to be replaced due to being outdated, needing repair, or not complying with the city codes. Consultation and service of licensed architect, professional engineer or licensed master plumber is required to commence installation procedure.

 

 

What are the types of Backflow Prevention Device?
There are many different types of devices available. Examples including but not limited to Reduced Pressure Zone Device (RPZ), Double Check Valve (DCV), Air Gap, etc. Only approved device from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are acceptable. For a complete list of approved devices, visit DEP website.

 

 

Who is responsible for the installation of Backflow Prevention Device?
Property Owners and landlords are responsible for corrections and installations if required. Professional service in the form of licensed architects, professional engineers, licensed master plumbers or professional consultants are required for filing, installing, maintain and testing of devices.

 

 

How much will the installation of Backflow Prevention Device cost?
Cost will vary per scope of work and scale of project. Price will generally be inbetween $3000 to $35,000. Refer to our fee structure under the service menu.

 

 

 

 

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