Where Do I Need Asbestos Testing?
Although its use has been virtually banned in Canada for more than 30 years, it’s no surprise to find asbestos-containing materials still lingering in properties, especially in older ones. Asbestos testing in Mississauga and elsewhere in the GTA continues to find asbestos in these common materials: ceiling, flooring and roofing tiles, drywall, cement sheets and insulation. While each product serves a different purpose, asbestos removal in Toronto should always be left to professionals.
When Do You Need Asbestos Removal?
Knowing where you may detect asbestos is the first step of understanding when you may need abatement. The team of certified specialists at Canada’s Restoration Services offers asbestos removal in Mississauga, Toronto, Vaughan, Ottawa, and other major Canadian cities, but when do you call them?
Asbestos removal is required before contact with materials that may contain the mineral. This is because even the slightest touch can send friable asbestos fibres into the air, risking exposure to anyone in its path.
Even the strongest asbestos-containing materials are a hazard. It’s recommended that property owners schedule an asbestos inspection before starting any maintenance, construction, or demolition in buildings more than 20 years old. Once asbestos testing is complete, asbestos removal in Mississauga, Toronto, or elsewhere in Ontario is required by the provincial legislation for any contamination of 0.05% or more.
Asbestos was mixed into the materials mentioned above for two primary reasons: its cheap price and its resistance to fire, which also improved the product’s insulation and durability. The most commonly utilized type of asbestos was Chrysotile (white asbestos), used in the production of walls, ceilings and roofs. Amosite (brown asbestos) was also popular, frequently mixed into pipe insulation and cement sheets.
Here are 5 places that asbestos could be lurking:
- Roofing and siding
- Pipes and ducts
- Ceiling tiles
- Floor coverings
Asbestos Removal Services
Asbestos removal in Mississauga is hazardous and should be handled by Canada’s Restoration Services specialists. Without the proper equipment and expertise, you risk your health and safety by attempting to remove asbestos on your own. At Canada’s Restoration Services, our removal process begins with asbestos testing in Mississauga. We thoroughly inspect your property and take samples of the asbestos-containing material in question. Once its threat is determined, Canada’s Restoration Services moves towards a full-scale removal, deploying full containment gear to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. The asbestos-containing material is sprayed with a binding agent to prevent it from going airborne and is appropriately disposed of once it hardens.
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The Risk of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure is no joke and should be approached with caution every step of the way. Sawing, cutting, wetting, or even blowing on asbestos-containing materials can trigger fibres to go airborne. Once in the open air, fibres are more difficult to control. They continually divide until they become so fine that they are easily ingestible or inhalable.
Asbestos removal efforts are meant to eliminate traces of the mineral before they go airborne to prevent exposure and related illness down the line. When asbestos fibres enter the body their rigid needle-like shape scars the tissue lining in the lungs and elsewhere in the body, in many cases, leading to Mesothelioma and lung cancer.
If you have asbestos concerns or are unsure if it's present in your home, contact Canada's Restoration Services now!