Is There Asbestos In My Home?

By Canada Restoration Services
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Is There Asbestos In My Home?

Should you have an older home in the GTA, the chances of your home having asbestos hiding somewhere is always a possibility. Asbestos was used between the late 1920's to the late 1970's. Whether it’s in your attic, around your pipes or in your walls, the chances are there. Generally, the most common calls that we receive to remove asbestos are either pipe wrap or vermiculite in the attics.  The best solution to determine whether your home ​needs asbestos removal or not is to call a professional. Most home inspectors are trained to look out for it, and if you come across something that seems to be asbestos, a sample for testing. Beside attics and pipe wrap, asbestos has also been used in;

 

1) Roofing and siding
2) Pipes and ducts
3) Ceiling tiles
4) Floor coverings
5) Insulation

 

Should the samples come back positive, most homeowners ask the same three questions;

-Who do I call?

-What’s the next step?

-Am I safe?

 

Just know that if the asbestos is not falling apart or hasn’t been disturbed, then you’re safe. As long as the fibres haven’t been released into the air then the chances of being exposed to asbestos is very low. So ensure that it is in good condition and start your research on hiring the right professional in the GTA. This is the best course of action. Should you suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos be sure to seek medical attention right away. Exposure to fibers is extremely harmful which can cause lung cancer such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. This causes lung tissues scarring, which can be fatal. Exposure to fibers, plus anyone who smokes will greatly increase the chances of lung cancer a great deal.

 

So who should you call? Call a professional. Not a home inspector, not the local handyman on your street. Every asbestos removal company has technicians that have been trained for asbestos removal and understand the proper removal process to remove it safely. When looking for a professional, look for reviews, look for anything that doesn’t seem to make sense… are they insured, do they have the proper training, and check out HomeStars for their reviews.

 

In addition, prior to the work being started, get a written contract that details the scope of work, planning, and cleanup. Make sure that the workers are equipped with the regulation respirators and personal protective equipment (PPE). Once the work beings, the entire area will be sealed off so only those with protective gear can enter. Once the work is completed, the area will be cleaned with a special HEPA vacuum. Nothing but this should be used. Never will a professional use a regular vacuum cleaner.

 

We provide a certified asbestos removal professional that will initially take a look at the situation and provide you a walkthrough of how we perform our work. They will explain how everything will be setup and safely removed, the precautions we will take to ensure that safety of you and your family is our first priority. As Mike Holmes go to restoration company, Canada’s Restoration Services understands the severity of asbestos and knows what it takes to ensure safety.

 

Once all the details have been confirmed the asbestos removal will be scheduled. Most jobs can take from 2-3 days, but larger projects can take longer. The proper equipment is installed to ensure the air is 100% asbestos free and no fibres will linger to harm you.

8 comments
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Interesting article, very detailed and informative
Level 4 (XP: 1150)
Thank you so much for the informative reply!
Level 3 (XP: 650)
last year
Wow! Those are some great questions and answers! Very informative!
Level 4 (XP: 1150)
So, how am I at risk for asbestos from my roof?
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
Asbestos in the roof was either in the shingles or the underlayment. The nice thing about have asbestos on the exterior of the home is that those who are in the home will not be affected by it. However, it does become an issue for those who are repairing or replacing these sections. Most companies, as they shouldn't, will not remove or fix, unless it is done by a professional, as they are at risk for exposure.
If you think you may be affected than contact a certified environmentalist who can check. We know of many great companies that can assist with this!
Level 1 (XP: 50)
So, what is now being used as opposed to asbestos in homes?
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
Over the years, different manufactures have come out with other products that work very similar to asbestos but are safe to use. The reason asbestos was so well liked and used is it is a great insulator and fire retardant. There are many insulations out there now that are eco friendly, high r-value (insulation factor) and work even better than asbestos. They have even come out with fire retardant sprays that are eco friendly and are used to block out fire.
Level 1 (XP: 50)
last year
If I am worried I could have asbestos in my home, what is my first step?
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
Hi @marya,

Your first step is to bring in a certified environmentalist who can test for anything suspicious in the home. They will take samples and send them off and the results will let you know either if you have or do not have asbestos. These results will also let you know what type of asbestos is present along with a percentage. If asbestos is present, then you hire a company such as us, Canada's Restoration Services, to provide you with free inspection and estimate on how to properly remove the affected area's.
Level 7 (XP: 2650)
Very good article! There is such an emphasis on the dangers of asbestos, yet I had no idea that asbestos isn't harmful when intact.
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