Asbestos in Homes
Test the materials, know the dangers
Asbestos is a regulated substance. This is because it has long been recognized as a serious health hazard. In Ontario the Ministry of Labour regulates asbestos work. In other provinces and states, it will be regulated by varying Ministries. These regulations may determine who can inspect, test, and do the abatement work to remove it. Following the regulations where you are protects you, your family, and the workers in your home.
Testing for Asbestos
Testing for asbestos content in building materials requires taking sample of the material and having a certified laboratory analyze it for Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). Taking the right number of samples in the best locations ensures a result you can trust.
Asbestos in Walls
Many people know that Asbestos Containing Materials can be located in wall plasters. They can be present in drywall compound as well. Before knocking down a wall for a renovation, you should have your walls tested to ensure safety for all involved.
Asbestos Air Quality Testing
Clearance testing following an asbestos abatement ensures the work was done properly and meets the requirements of the legislation. A clearance report stays with the home so when you go to sell down the road, everyone knows the work was done properly.
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Testing for asbestos in buildings requires a thorough understanding of what materials may contain asbestos, given the age of the materials. If Asbestos Containing Materials are found, then an abatement protocol is required. This protocol creates the plan of work specific to your situation. This ensures the regulations are met, and the abatement professional has a scope of work to follow. Clearance testing afterwards ensures the work was done effectively. We can provide all of the consulting services to ensure a streamlined process and successful outcome.
Asbestos can be found in numerous building materials.
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Linoleum floor tiles
- Ceiling tiles
- Drywall compound
- Pipe wrap
- Duct wrap
- Duct tape
- Exterior siding
- Boiler insulation
- Textured ceilings
- Asbestos containing cements
- Window caulking
- Vinyl and linoleum sheet flooring
- Flooring adhesive
- Acoustic tiles
- Water pipes
- Light fixtures
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Our Inspection Services
No two projects are remotely the same. We tailor our services and teams to meet your project goals and budget, providing the highest level of service in the most efficient manner.
I have an old home, do I have asbestos?
Not necessarily, asbestos, especially in old plaster or drywall compound was used by some plasterers, but not all. The same with vermiculite insulation, not all vermiculite contains asbestos fibres.
I have horsehair in my plaster. Do I also have asbestos?
In our experience, no, if the layers are all the same age. Horsehair was used prior to 1918, mostly, and asbestos fibres were typically used after that, up to 1980.
I have asbestos in my building materials. Is this a health concern for my family?
No, in situ, it poses no health risk. When the fibres are disturbed and become airborne, that is when there can be health concerns.