Renovating? Be Mindful of Asbestos and Mold

Renovating? Be Mindful of Asbestos and Mold
Spring is here and undoubtedly, plans for home renovations are beginning. Some of the most popular renovation projects are interior painting projects, kitchen remodeling, bathroom renovation, flooring replacement and window replacement.
What may seem like a great idea to improve your home, however, could create health concerns.
There are two key concerns related to renovating a property.
ASBESTOS
According to CMHC and Health Canada:
“Asbestos poses health risks only when fibers are in the air that people breathe. Asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs, causing scarring that can ultimately lead to severely impaired lung function (asbestosis) and cancers of the lungs or lung cavity.”
Asbestos is a proven health hazard and unfortunately any home built prior to 1984 will likely have asbestos, popular in construction materials because it is a fire retardant. For this reason, asbestos was used extensively in the building process.
According to Asbestos.com:
Homes and apartments built before 1980 often are filled with asbestos, needing only normal wear and tear with age to dislodge the fibers and send them airborne. Asbestos can be found in floor tiles, roofs, furnaces, plumbing, appliances, fireplaces and window caulking, leaving most everyone vulnerable.
Click here to review a detailed diagram of where asbestos can be found in your home.
As the diagram indicates, there are many areas in a home where asbestos can be found. Take a moment and review this asbestos image gallery.
With this in mind, our advice to homeowners is to be careful if they take on a Do It Yourself (DIY) project.
Take 5 and Stay Alive, it could be the most important 5 minutes of your life! Don’t rush into a project that could potentially disturb and release asbestos fibers into the air. Contact Got Mold? for a thorough asbestos survey.
MOLD
Mold is a growing concern and will reduce the air quality in your home and can aggravate and cause respiratory infections, asthma, and other health problems.
Whether you are knocking down drywall, ripping up carpet or flooring, or maybe excavating that old bath tub, you may encounter mold. If you do, it is important that you do not disturb the mold further because you don’t want to spread the spores. You should also take some practical safety measures: rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a mask to reduce the impact of breathing in mold spores.
The next step is to determine the severity of the mold problem. If the mold infestation is greater than 3 square meters, we recommend that you give Got Mold? a call so that we can provide a more thorough assessment.
In conclusion, while renovating and home fix ups may seem like great ideas, it is always important to understand the potential risks caused by asbestos and mold. If you are planning to start a project and are not sure if you will have asbestos or mold concerns, call Got Mold? for an informed risk analysis. It is better to be safe than sorry!