Maintenance Activities That May Trigger Asbestos Exposure
Posted in Asbestos Removal, on February 09, 2023
When owning commercial or residential properties, routine maintenance is a regular part of life. Ensuring that properties are well maintained is vital to the building’s structural integrity and the occupants’ health and safety. However, some maintenance activities may trigger asbestos exposure in properties built in the mid to late 20th century. If you suspect asbestos may be lingering in your property, contact Canada’s Restoration Services for asbestos removal in Toronto. Our team will walk you through everything — the inspection, the disposal, and how to manage asbestos removal costs.
Here’s what you need to know about maintenance activities that may cause asbestos exposure.
Maintenance Activities That Trigger Asbestos Exposure
When conducting maintenance, there are many ways that asbestos fibres may become disturbed, and as a result, airborne and inhaled. With friable asbestos-containing materials, like insulation, popcorn ceilings, or pipe wrappings, any slight disturbance, like sawing, sanding, drilling, or cutting, may cause the fibres to become airborne. With non-friable asbestos materials, like floor tiles, sawing, and demolition, will disturb the hazardous mineral and trigger exposure. In addition, improper handling and disposal of asbestos waste may lead to it becoming airborne. If asbestos removal in Toronto isn’t conducted by a certified professional company, like Canada’s Restoration Services, exposure to the dangerous material may occur as one is trying to dispose of it. To ensure that asbestos removal is completed safely and efficiently, contact the experienced technicians at Canada’s Restoration Services.
Maintenance Materials Likely to Contain Asbestos
Asbestos was a common building material until the late 1980s, so it’s in many building materials throughout properties. When maintenance is being performed, especially around plumbing or the HVAC system, asbestos is likely to be present. Due to its heat resistance and strength, asbestos was used to insulate pipes and ducts. Cement, heat shields, pumps, gaskets, adhesives, and ductwork may all contain high traces of asbestos. To keep people safe and asbestos removal costs low, contact a professional for asbestos inspection and removal services. Asbestos abatement is the only surefire way to prevent asbestos exposure from happening.
The Risk of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure may happen to anyone, but it’s increasingly common in those who perform building maintenance. HVAC mechanics and plumbers are vulnerable to exposure due to prolonged exposure to asbestos-containing materials. When asbestos fibres become disturbed and airborne, they are inhaled and attached to the lungs, causing long-term health problems. Asbestos exposure may result in numerous respiratory issues, including lung scarring, cancer, or mesothelioma.
Certified Asbestos Removal in Toronto
Asbestos removal is an integral part of guaranteeing the safety of your property. Before you begin maintenance on your property, protect it and its occupants first. If you’re under the suspicion that asbestos poses a risk, especially in common maintenance areas, contact Canada’s Restoration Services for asbestos testing. Once we determine all traces of asbestos in your property, we will devise a comprehensive action plan to eradicate all sources safely and effectively. With asbestos abatement services from Canada’s Restoration Services, we’ll take care of everything — from the inspection to removal and, finally, safe disposal. Once we’re finished, you can carry on with maintenance without worry.