Asbestos Testing In Montreal
Are you about to start construction work on a residential commercial property in Montreal?
Invasive or not, getting getting into building materials through routine maintenance work, renovations, or remodels can expose contractors and occupants to asbestos. Asbestos testing in Montreal detects the dangerous mineral before it can cause harm.
Why Test For Asbestos in Your Montreal Property?
Asbestos testing in Montreal homes and commercial properties is the first step to avoiding asbestos exposure. Sealed away, asbestos doesn’t pose an immediate risk to you, your family, or anyone else working around your home. But, if you have plans to do any construction in your home, even something as minor as mending a pipe, you risk asbestos exposure. Inhaling the fibres of asbestos can cause severe, chronic illnesses like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other lethal health conditions. Professional asbestos testing services in Montreal safely identify and confirm the presence of asbestos in building materials or in the air, to minimize and ideally prevent any harm.
Once you’ve undergone a home inspection and 3rd party asbestos testing in Montreal, you can quickly move on to abatement, which will eliminate traces of asbestos from the vicinity. This means you can quickly carry on with construction without the hazard of asbestos interfering.
How to Properly Test for Asbestos
Whether it’s a residential home or a commercial building, discovering asbestos can be a serious concern. And because there are inherent health hazards, asbestos-laden materials must be properly remediated. For asbestos testing in Montreal, property owners can rely on Canada's Restoration Services for the most professional approach.
CRS also provides asbestos inspection in Montreal with a team of highly trained and certified technicians. We specialize in asbestos removal and remediation, offering a comprehensive approach that delivers guaranteed results. This is certainly not the right time for a DIY project – asbestos removal should be completed by the experts.
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Asbestos Testing in Montreal
When it comes to asbestos testing and removal, it’s important to carefully choose a contractor. At Canada's Restoration Services, our technicians follow administered guidelines and subscribe to the strictest safety protocols. We also ensure that there’s no cross-contamination in the property so that residents and/or individuals are not exposed to the harmful effects of asbestos.
For asbestos inspection in Montreal, CRS undertakes a complete assessment of the property, and provides testing samples to a third party laboratory. This is a mandatory part of the process, allowing for the verification of the asbestos materials. When asbestos removal is complete, our customer receives a certificate of work performed (transferable to future owners).
Asbestos removal and remediation is complex work – it must always be done professionally from end to end, and always by vetted technicians. Most importantly, safety precautions must be exhaustive in order to protect everyone from asbestos fibers. Those who own the property or currently occupy it should not perform asbestos removal as a DIY project – the health dangers and hazards are too much of a risk.
Is Your Property At Risk for Asbestos?
In Quebec, asbestos was commonly used in construction for various products and materials between 1930 - 1990. If your home was built within this time period, it’s a good idea to contact asbestos testing services in Montreal to verify whether there is asbestos in your property.
However, even if your home was built after the 90s, asbestos testing in Montreal may still be required. The Government of Canada did not enact a widespread ban on asbestos products until 2018, so there is still a chance that asbestos could be found in home materials. If you’re not sure whether you need an asbestos inspection or asbestos removal in Montreal, call Canada’s Restoration Service. Our team of experts will guide you through the best steps as they pertain to your unique situation.
A Comprehensive Approach to Inspection, Testing, and Removal
At Canada's Restoration Services, technicians provide a step-by-step approach to asbestos inspection, testing, and removal. We inspect the entire property (residential or commercial), including insulation parts, plumbing materials, ventilation, and HVAC components.
- Inspection Process: During the inspection, we provide asbestos samples to a 3rd party laboratory for verification
- Work Description: Our technicians define a Scope of Work and follow a step-by-step method to completion
- Full Containment: We contain the area using industrial negative air machines and air scrubbing machines
- Removal Procedure: Our experienced staff remove all remnants of asbestos and dispose of waste material
- Cleaning Up Step: We make every effort to effectively eliminate residual asbestos, fiber, and dust particles
- Project Clearance: CRS provides formal clearances on every piece of work performed (from an independent third party)
How to Know if There is Asbestos in Your Home or Commercial Property?
Asbestos was used frequently in building construction until the 1990s especially before the 1980s. This was before the dangers of the mineral were widely understood. It was used in many applications: loose fill to sprayed coatings and came in various colours depending on the type of asbestos. As a result there is no telltale sign that asbestos is present, that’s why it's best to always get a professional asbestos inspection before moving into a new property and especially before beginning structural renovations or demolitions.
There is definitive sign that indicates that asbestos is definitely present. Unfortunately without the professional support of a trained asbestos professional it’s incredibly difficult to identify and confirm its presence without professional asbestos testing in Montreal. If you think asbestos is present in your immediate vicinity, the most safe and effective course of action is to find a local and trusted asbestos removal service in Montreal to inspect, test, and remove any asbestos before it becomes dangerous.
Applications Where Asbestos is Commonly Uncovered
Asbestos was banned in Canada in 2018 and while some uses are still permitted, it’s most likely that you will encounter asbestos at home, if your home was built prior to the 1980s. However it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you need to do work in any of these areas, call Canada’s Restoration for complete and thorough asbestos testing services in Montreal.
- Popcorn Ceilings
- HVAC Systems
- Floor Tiles
- Ceiling Tiles
- Roof Shingles
- Textured Paints
- & More
When Does Asbestos Become Dangerous?
Untouched or undisturbed, asbestos is not immediately dangerous, but it can become a hazard very quickly. If asbestos is cut, torn, wet or disturbed in any way, its fibres can quickly be released into the air. Once airborne, asbestos fibres continue to divide until they’re microscopic and can be inhaled. Repeat exposure to asbestos fibres can significantly increase the potential for long-term illness.
If you notice asbestos that has been damaged, either by being cut, hit, torn, or wet, vacate the area immediately and call for asbestos testing in Montreal. Once asbestos is confirmed, stay away from the area. If you have to be around asbestos it’s imperative that you are equipped with full protective gear from respiratory protection to an asbestos resistant suit and gloves. If you’re not sure what to do when you encounter asbestos, call a professional for removal right away.
Common Types of Asbestos
There are six main types of asbestos that can be detected during asbestos testing in Montreal. While some variations of asbestos are more hazardous than others, each version of the mineral should be deemed dangerous and should be avoided by anyone who is not a professional.
Blue Asbestos: Crocidolite was not used as frequently as other forms of asbestos, but it is considered to be the most dangerous form of the mineral. Appearing grey, blue or green, its long needles make this form of asbestos incredibly dangerous. Usually used for steam engines, blue asbestos can still be found in pipe insulations, spray coatings, and cement.
White Asbestos: Chrysotile is the most common type of asbestos. It is found in many applications, as it was the first to be mined in Quebec back in 1880 for its fire-resistant and affordable properties. While it is considered the least dangerous of the 3 most commonly found asbestos variations, white asbestos should still be handled with an abundance of caution.
Brown Asbestos: Amosite asbestos was used more commonly than blue asbestos in cement, battery casings, spray foam insulation, boiler insulation, pipe insulation, and ceiling tiles. Brown asbestos can be found in the ceiling tiles of older government buildings and schools. Because the properties are similar to that of crocidolite, professional asbestos testing should be used in these public spaces to effectively detect the asbestos before fibres have an opportunity to be released.
Do not try to identify asbestos by the colour alone, mixed with other products or when released in the air. Asbestos fibres are so fine that their colours are not distinguishable. The most effective way to determine the asbestos on your property is with professional asbestos testing in Montreal. Canada’s Restoration Service sends samples of potentially asbestos-containing materials to trusted 3rd party labs for the fast, safe, and reliable detection of the dangerous mineral.
Why Choose Canada’s Restoration Service For Asbestos Testing in Montreal?
At Canada’s Restoration Service, we take your asbestos removal and testing seriously. We respond quickly to calls for asbestos testing in Montreal. We send out samples to 3rd party labs for unbiased and prompt testing and quickly move on to asbestos removal. We prioritize safety and speed, our team of technicians are IICRC certified, equipped with years of experience and industry expertise.
To ensure our customers can afford removal and asbestos testing services in Montreal are accessible to anyone who needs asbestos removal in the city, we offer affordable pricing that starts at $500.
For Expert Asbestos Testing in Montreal Count on Canada's Restoration Services
At Canada's Restoration Services, in-house technicians are IICRC certified and experienced in all aspects of asbestos abatement. Whether the project is residential or commercial, we make every effort to deliver 100% customer satisfaction. CRS provides expert asbestos inspection in Montreal as the first step to removal and remediation.