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What is Asbestos?

There are several minerals that are commonly known as asbestos. These minerals are used to make products strong, long-lasting and fire-resistant.

Prior to 1990, asbestos was mainly used in Canada for insulating buildings and homes against cold weather and noise pollution. In addition to being used for insulation and noise reduction, it was also used for fireproofing prior to its ban by the Government of Canada.

Construction and commercial sectors used asbestos in the following products before its ban by the government:

  • cement and plaster
  • industrial furnaces and heating systems
  • building insulation
  • floor and ceiling tiles
  • house siding
  • car and truck brake pads
  • vehicle transmission components

Asbestosis in Canada: What You Need to Know

Asbestos Exposure Risks During Construction

Exposure risk primarily exists when exposed to asbestos during home renovations if a building is being demolished.

Fibres can be released into the air during the following construction procedures:

  • disturbing or removing asbestos insulation, including insulation around hot water pipes and tanks
  • removing or disturbing roofing shingles and felt or siding containing asbestos
  • sanding, breaking apart or scraping vinyl asbestos floor tiles
  • breaking apart soundproofing ceiling tiles containing asbestos
  • sanding or disturbing plaster containing asbestos, including acoustical plaster
  • sawing, drilling or smoothing rough edges of asbestos materials
  • sanding or scraping older surface treatments containing asbestos, such as:
  • roofing compounds like tar paper
  • spackling
  • sealants
  • paint
  • putty
  • caulking
  • drywall

Due to the long list of construction tasks that present the risk of exposure, it is important to conduct an assessment before any renovation or demolition of a building built prior to 1990.

Asbestos Insulation

Asbestos is commonly found in insulation in homes prior to 1990 as it helped protect Canadians against the cold temperatures from our winters.

If you have vermiculite insulation in your attic, it may contain asbestos. To avoid exposure to asbestos fibres, you should never disturb or move vermiculite-based attic insulation or attempt to remove it yourself. Contact the professional removal experts at got mold?™ to ensure safe and professional removal of the asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation materials.

If you have vermiculite insulation in your attic, insulation can fall inside of the walls of a home or commercial building over time.

To avoid asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation from falling inside of the walls of your property, you should seal cracks and holes with caulking around:

  • window and door frames
  • baseboards
  • electrical outlets

If you are doing any construction or demolition that involves removing or disturbing insulation that may contain asbestos, it is highly recommended to conduct a sampling prior to removal as it is more than likely that the insulation contains asbestos if the building was constructed prior to 1990.

Asbestos Health Risks

Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause cancer and other diseases. The following are the diseases related to exposure.

Asbestosis: Scarring of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe and causes complications related to lung disease.

Mesothelioma: Rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity

Lung cancer: Smoking – combined with exposure – can greatly increase the risk of lung cancer.

To learn more about Asbestos exposure, the Pleural Mesothelioma Center provides extensive information on the diseases it causes.

Professional Asbestos Removal Keeps You Safe

You can greatly reduce your risk of exposure by hiring a professional to test for asbestos before doing any of the following:

  • Renovations or Remodelling
  • Demolitions
  • Construction to an already built home or commercial property

If asbestos-containing materials are found, hire a qualified removal company, such as got mold?™, to conduct the Asbestos Abatement prior to beginning renovations or demolition.

Always avoid disturbing asbestos-containing materials yourself to ensure your safety. Not hiring qualified Asbestos Removal professionals increases the risk of harmful exposure to yourself and others.

Check with your provincial workplace safety authorities to find out the qualifications or certifications needed in your area to ensure the company you hire follows the correct safety procedures related to Asbestos Abatement regulations.

got mold?™ ensures a safe Asbestos Removal project for all of our customers, following the safety regulations laid out in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba to keep you and the people you care about safe. Book An Appointment if you need asbestos removed to get the danger out of the way before beginning renovations or construction.

got mold?™Asbestos Services

Asbestos is still one of the biggest workplace killers in Canada and if your home was built before 1990, it may be in your home or commercial property.

The environmental and financial risks associated with asbestos abatement requires expertise and commitment to ensure a safe removal following provincial safety regulations associated with removal.

If you have asbestos, our professional abatement experts will remove it safely.

Our  services:

  • Asbestos Testing & Asbestos Sampling
  • Asbestos Abatement & Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Removal Prices

The costs of asbestos removal depend on the size, location, and complexity of the project.  For base prices and inspection prices, click here to learn more.

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