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mercury removal
mercury removal

Mercury exists in two different forms and they are both dangerous and have potential health effects: organic mercury (methylmercury) or elemental metallic mercury. Exposure to either of these can have serious neurolgical side effects.

The Harmful Health Effects of Mercury

When mercury is emitted into the environment from industrial processes it can get into the soil and water where it soon finds its way to fish and wildlife. Consumption of fish exposed to water contaminated with mercury can lead to loss of vision, numbness in hands and feet, or around the mouth, difficulty with coordination and movement, muscle weakness and speech impairment.

Infants and children are particularly susceptible to mercury and in particular brain and nervous system development. Children exposed to mercury in the womb can be subject to memory, cognitive thinking, language, fine motor skills and visual skills difficulties.

Direct exposure to metallic mercury and the resulting inhalation of the vapour can cause kidney failure, respiratory failure and death.

Sources Of Mercury

Mercury compounds were widely used as fungicides, preservatives, antiseptics or disinfectants. It is very important that these compounds do not get into the soil. If you have any of the previously listed product types that are outdated, check their labels for indications of "mecuro-" or the elemental name "Hg"

Elemental mercury is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature. This unique property made it useful in gauges and meters. Depending on the age of some of your equipment, elemental mercury may be present in many of your gauges. If a gauge breaks, elemental mercury is very difficult to clean up as it moves like a liquid and can split into droplets when containment is attempted.

Mercury Exposure

Organic mercury or methyl mercury as is found in fungicides and preservatives is readily absorbed through the skin and should never be handled with bare skin. This type of mercury is the most dangerous because of how easily it is absorbed into the body through skin contact or inhalation. Symptoms of mercury exposure may take weeks to develop and include tremors, headaches, short-term memory loss, loss of appetite and altered sense of taste and smell

Elemental mercury from thermometers, gauges and other equipment is not readily absorbed through the skin but produce vapours immediately after released from their casing. With elemental mercury, the inhalation of vapours is the inherent danger.

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.