What Type of Asbestos Can Be Hiding in Your Attic
Posted in Asbestos Removal, on April 28, 2023
Attics are not typically where most people spend a lot of their time so they tend to harbour secrets that you may not discover until you schedule work, retrofits, or repairs. There are many potential hazards that can start in the attic, one of the most common is asbestos. If you’re planning to upgrade your attic insulation, repair a roof leak, or do any work in the attic area, consider scheduling an asbestos inspection in Toronto. For over thirty years, between the 1960s -1990s, asbestos was commonly used in construction and building materials. Asbestos testing in Toronto and asbestos removal services from Canada’s Restoration Services will assess the risk of exposure on your property and help you mitigate it.
Read on to learn more about the types of asbestos that may be present in your attic.
Types of Attic Asbestos
There are six types of asbestos; however, only three are commonly found in attics during asbestos inspections in Toronto.
Chrysotile is recognized as white asbestos. It was commonly found in various products, including roofs, walls, and ceilings. It is the least deadly type of asbestos but still dangerous and should not be disturbed.
Amosite is recognized as brown asbestos and is more deadly than chrysotile. It has been used to insulate pipes or for cement sheets.
Anthophyllite does not have any sort of color name; it looks brown or yellowish in appearance. It was once used for vermiculite installation and cement products, so although it is not as common as chrysotile and amosite, it may be hiding in your attic if it’s still the original installation present, or it can be hiding in the cement of the property.
Canada’s Restoration Services uses a third party for asbestos testing in Toronto enabling reliable, conflict-free results which will help to identify exactly which type of asbestos is present.
Why You Need Attic Asbestos Removal
It is important to remember that all asbestos, regardless of the specific category it falls into, is dangerous. Long-term asbestos exposure is hazardous and impacts the lungs, causing diseases like mesothelioma and cancer. This is why you should never take the possibility of asbestos lightly. Only professional certified restoration companies in Toronto should handle asbestos removal. Once you contact a trusted professional like Canada’s Restoration Services for testing the potential of asbestos in your property or attic, our teams will conduct a multi-step process of inspecting the area, sending samples for testing, and then begin asbestos abatement and remediation.
The Canada’s Restoration Services team has the training, equipment, and personal protective gear for safe asbestos abatement. This will help to remove asbestos safely from the property and keep it from spreading throughout the home. During asbestos removal, contaminated minerals will be sprayed with a binding agent to help ensure it remains wet so asbestos fibers don’t become airborne. The plaster will then be removed and put in 6mm poly bags which will then be sealed. Air Scrubbing machines using HEPA filters will be running during the entire process.
Leading Asbestos Removal Services
If you fear you may have asbestos hiding in your attic, don’t hesitate to call Canada’s Restoration Services, which are leaders in the industry. We are insured and bonded and IICRC-certified professionals. We serve major cities across Canada. We have over 15 years of experience and can help you with your asbestos questions and concerns.