Worried about asbestos in your home?
Asbestos is a mineral that was routinely added to over 3,000 common building materials prior to 1990. Asbestos was frequently used because of its ability to withstand high temperatures, add strength to a material without adding much in terms of weight, and to efficiently insulate. When asbestos fibres are bonded to other materials, in good repair, and left completely undisturbed, the mineral is relatively harmless. However as soon as the asbestos containing material becomes damaged or disturbed in any way, invisible asbestos fibres are released and become airborne. We then unknowingly inhale these fibres and they can embed themselves in the lining of our lungs and lead to several serious diseases including Asbestosis and Mesothelioma.
Where you might find asbestos
It is impossible to see, taste, or smell the presence of asbestos - the only way to accurately determine if a material contains asbestos is to collect a sample and send it to a laboratory for analysis. Buildings constructed prior to 1990 however are incredibly likely to have at least some asbestos containing materials throughout the building. This means that any renovation or restoration work to be conducted in these homes or buildings could potentially release harmful asbestos fibres into the air. This is not a job for the DIY enthusiast or average handyman - asbestos removal and disposal is a job for trained professionals.
Some common areas you may find asbestos include:
Vinyl floor tiles
Sprayed or textured coatings
Insulation around boilers
All of our staff at On Command Cleaning and Restoration has been trained in the safe removal and handling of asbestos containing materials. We are also able to arrange for the appropriate disposal of asbestos containing waste. Asbestos remediation requires set up of a containment, use of the appropriate personal protective equipment, and strict adherence to all WorkSafeBC work procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.