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Asbestos in Your Home

If you live in a home that was constructed before 1990, you may be living with asbestos. However, while it is a matter for concern, in most cases the presence of asbestos shouldn’t pose any immediate health risks.

However, asbestos removal becomes necessary when the asbestos-containing products break down and the fibres become airborne. This can happen through deterioration or when the material is cut or disturbed.

How can I tell if it’s asbestos?

It is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at the material. As a general rule, certain building materials installed before 1990 may contain asbestos. However, the only way to be certain is to have the material analysed by a laboratory.

What should I do if the asbestos fibres become airborne?

In such a scenario, the best step is to hire an asbestos abatement company who is familiar with asbestos removal. Such a professional will make sure that:

  • The asbestos dust is controlled
  • The right protective clothing and asbestos removal equipment is used
  • There is a proper clean up of the work area and waste removal.

Can I perform the asbestos removal myself?

No, you should not. Asbestos abatement is a dangerous and complicated process and if the proper precautions aren’t taken, you can put you and your family at risk of serious illness.

There are also strict regulations that define the procedures that must be used during an asbestos removal in Calgary. Hiring an asbestos abatement company will ensure that any workers involved in the removal will have the proper training and all the requirements are followed.

When should I leave asbestos alone?

If the asbestos containing material is undamaged and in good condition, it is best to leave it alone. Tampering with the material only risks the release of asbestos fibres.

However, if the material is showing signs of damage such as tears, cracks or water damage, contact an asbestos removal professional.

Asbestos fibres are at risk of being released during:

  • Demolition work
  • Home maintenance
  • Building repairs
  • Home remodeling
  • Daily product use

Questions to Ask When Hiring an Asbestos Removal Professional

Here are a few questions you should always ask before hiring an asbestos removal professional.

  1. Are you certified?
  2. Have you and your workers received the proper training in asbestos removal?
  3. Do you have the proper liability insurance?
  4. Can you provide a list of references of clients you have worked for?
  5. Can you provide a list of places where you have worked with asbestos?
  6. Will you properly dispose of the asbestos and leave the site free of asbestos dust and debris?
  7. Will you perform a final air clearance test?
  8. Will you provide a written contract specifying these asbestos removal procedures?

Contact us

If you have any questions about our asbestos abatement services, contact our Calgary office today at (403) 247-4365 or book a consultation today.

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