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pcb removal
pcb removal

Manufacture of PCBs was terminated as we entered the 1980s but only after evidence that this dangerous class of compound had serious health effects and that they build up in the environment.

The Harmful Health Effects of PCBs

Extensive study on the health effects of PCBs showed that they are a potential carcinogen. This cancer causing agent does not break down in the environment and tends to collect in fish species exposed to water containing PCBs. For this reason it is important that PCBs do not get spilled onto the ground where they are then taken into the ground water system.

Other adverse health effects from PCB exposure include harm to the reproductive system in adults and the potential for neurological development issues in children. In adults exposure to PCBs may be linked to other neurological problems such as numbness, limb pain and headaches. Frequent infections, skin rashes, skin thickening and deformed nails have also been documented as symptoms of PCB exposure.

Sources Of PCBs

PCBs are an entirely man made compound and are not found naturally in the environment, however they are found in the fatty tissues of many wildlife including fish because of their persistence when released into the environment.

PCB Exposure

Concentrated PCBs are most often oily liquids. They can also be solids. They can range from colourless to light yellow in colour. They have no smell or taste. A popular manufacturer of PCBs named their product Aroclor. This product often shipped in drums. If you have these drums on your property it is possible they may have leaked into the soil and will need professional remediation to prevent environmental contamination.

PCBs made for good insulating material and were fire resistant. These properties made them good coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors and other electrical equipment. These compounds still exist in many workplaces due to their widespread use before the health effects were discovered. Fluorescent lighting fixtures, electrical appliances, old microscope oil and hydraulic fluids may be sources of PCBs in your workplace.

CONTACT US TODAY if you suspect PCBs in your business or workplace.


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 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 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 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.


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 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.



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.



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.


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.