Where Can Asbestos be Hiding in Your Home?
Posted in Asbestos Removal, on May 06, 2021
From 2010 through 2015, the City of Toronto addressed some 200 asbestos concerns from local homeowners across the city. These homeowners were surprised to find that asbestos was lurking in some “forgotten” areas of their homes.
If you want to be sure that your home is asbestos-free, several places in the house should be tested for residual asbestos. The critical thing with asbestos testing in Toronto is to work directly with a professional and reputable company to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
If you suspect asbestos, it’s best not to neglect it. When asbestos is left undisturbed, there should be very little health risk. Still, most reputable professionals would recommend removal once asbestos has been discovered. Here again, it's essential to work with a professional team.
Professional Asbestos Removal in Toronto
While older homes have more charm and character than many newer homes, most residential properties built before 1980 had asbestos-laden materials installed in various parts of the house. When uncovered, these deposits should be removed safely by an experienced professional.
Asbestos is commonly found in flooring materials. This is particularly true for vinyl floor tiles and the backing of vinyl flooring. Chances are, if your floor tiles are from the 1980s, they likely contain asbestos. When cracked or broken, asbestos-laden flooring can release unsafe asbestos fibres.
In many older homes, wallboard and joint compound often contained asbestos. The material was strong and fire-resistant, but there’s a downside. Even when patching a hole or sanding a rough area, asbestos fibres and dust could be released unknowingly into the air (which is a dangerous situation).e
Asbestos is highly heat resistant, so it was commonly used to insulate hot water pipes. Like other types of asbestos material, it’s best to leave the material alone if there’s nothing wrong. If the material is compromised in any way (ripped or torn), it should be professionally removed/replaced.
Popcorn ceilings were extremely common in homes built before the 1980s. In most cases, the coating was sprayed on with asbestos-laden textured paint. Here again, when left undisturbed, there are no health risks, but it's always better to consider professional testing and removal.
Because asbestos is both fire-resistant and heat resistant, it was often used to insulate furnaces, boilers, and even fireplaces. For homeowners replacing these types of appliances, great care should be taken. Before disturbing anything, it’s wise to work with experienced professionals.
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