Everyone knows that asbestos is dangerous and causes serious lung diseases such as mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer. It's difficult to identify asbestos when you don't know what it looks like, or where it might be in your home, however homeowners need to be aware of this potential hazard before undergoing any renovations.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre with several beneficial characteristics which made it very popular. Asbestos fibres are very malleable, and therefore very easy to incorporate into various products. In addition, the material is naturally a great insulator, resistant to fire and chemical erosion, and is very strong. It’s because of these characteristics that asbestos was known as the “magic mineral” and added into so many building supplies.
In 1986 Canada banned asbestos from being added to drywall mud, however these companies still had asbestos-containing stock they needed to sell. For this reason, we like to be on the safe side and say homes built before 1990 may contain asbestos.
Homes built prior to 1990 should be tested for asbestos before any renovations, remodelling, or demolition begins. Asbestos was often mixed with other materials such as cement or insulation, so it can be difficult to spot. Asbestos can often be found in the following areas of your home:
Wondering what this deadly material looks like, and how you can identify it? Often unless the material is labelled, it's difficult to tell. Since asbestos was often mixed with other materials, the only way to know for sure is to send a sample of the material to a certified laboratory for testing. There are certain materials and places in your home that are most likely to contain asbestos which you should be aware of. It's prudent to be extra cautious with these materials and be sure to have them tested.
Always keep in mind that asbestos should only be handled by experts because any fibres that escape can end up in your lungs. Let Green Demo's experienced asbestos removal professionals come in to evaluate your home, take the appropriate samples and help ensure you and your family is safe.
Asbestos is a hazardous material and needs to be treated as such. Any disturbance of asbestos containing materials releases fibres into the air, and it's the inhalation of these fibres that leads to diseases such as mesothelioma. Incidences of asbestos related diseases are on the rise, and showing no sign of slowing down. It can take up to 20-40 years for asbestos related diseases to become apparent and for individuals to start exhibiting symptoms. Even very limited exposure to asbestos fibres can prove to be fatal.
WorkSafeBC stipulates how asbestos must be handled during removal and disposal to eliminate the risk that disturbing these materials pose. Depending on what type of asbestos is present, where the material is located, and what percentage of asbestos is present, there are varying work procedures and safety precautions that must be taken. Our hazmat experts are rigorously trained in the safe removal of asbestos containing materials, and can handle any situation safely.
Your home may contain asbestos - don't start a renovation or remodel without testing first!
If you're worried there may be asbestos in your home, we're happy to give you some advice. All you need to do is provide us with some details about your upcoming project and we'll get you a free quote and speak with you about your options for safely removing any potential asbestos!