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Main Types of Asbestos to Look Out For

What Types of Asbestos Should You Look Out For?

Not sure if the suspicious fibres sealed beneath the surface of your home is something harmless or a form of the dangerous asbestos mineral? That's okay. Identifying asbestos is notoriously difficult for those who are untrained or unequipped with the proper tools. If you notice any fibrous material in your home, don't try and inspect it yourseld, call Canada's Restoration Service for safe and professional asbestos testing and asbestos removal in Canada. 

Our team of trained and experienced asbestos technicians will carefully inspect your property, collect samples for asbestos testing, and submit them to 3rd party labs for fast and accurate results. Once tests confirm the presence of asbestos on your property, we will orchestrate comprehensive asbestos removal that is designed to maximize safety. 

If you'd like to know what forms of asbestos you're at risk for, read on. Please note, all asbestso should be avoided. If you encounter any potential materials that contain the dangerous mineral, your safest option is to call Canada's Restoration Service for asbestos testing and asbestos removal. There are three main variations of asbestos that you can encounter: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite.

Chrysotile: This version of asbestos is also known as "white asbestos." Chrysotile was the most commonly used form of asbestos found in various residential and commercial applications from the ceiling, walls, and roofs to toilet seats, floors, and even automotive parts. While it's considered the least deadly, white asbestos should not be disturbed. 

Amosite: Brown asbestos or amosite was commonly used for its insulating properties in piping, cement sheets, ceiling tiles, and spray coatings. Amosite is considered more dangerous than white asbestos. 

Crocidolite: Otherwise known as blue asbestos, crocidolite was used less commonly than white or brown asbestos in homes and commercial buildings. Traditionally used in steam engines, crocidolite asbestos can also be found in spray coatings, pipework, and insulation products. Like brown asbestos, blue asbestos poses a significant health risk if its fibres are inhaled.

Anthophyllite: While anthophyllite is not attributed to a colour name, it can appear brown or yellow. It's less common than brown, white, or blue asbestos but can be found sometimes in talc products, cement, and vermiculite insulation products. 

While common asbestos types are labelled by their colours, their fine fibres make any colours difficult to safely identify. If you suspect that asbestos is on your property, the team at Canada's Restoration will complete a thorough asbestos inspection and test samples for accurate identification. 

Asbestos Inspections 

You can book an inspection from Canada's Restoration Services prior to physically identifying any potential asbestos-containing materials. For an inspection, we will send a team member to assess the specified area, room, or property for traces of asbestos and evaluate the risk it presents. Because asbestos can become dangerous easily, it's always best to leave asbestos-related activities to a trained professional. During inspections, our technicians will ensure that all proper measures are taken to ensure the safety of everyone in the vicinity. 

Contact Canada's Restoration Services right away if you think you're at risk for asbestos exposure and get started on your road to asbestos removal today. 

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