What is asbestos and where is it found?
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was widely used in house construction in North America until 1990. Asbestos worked to insulate buildings and homes against cold weather and noise. It was also used for fireproofing. Health Canada has banned the use of asbestos as it has been proven to cause health problems mainly relating to respiratory illnesses. If in good condition, asbestos materials are generally non-harmful unless disturbed. Harmful disturbance is usually done during a renovation or demolition. Common materials where asbestos was used in house construction are:
Cement and plaster
Furnaces & heating systems
Floor and ceiling tiles
How do we test for asbestos?
Testing for asbestos typically involves taking a bulk sample of the material or performing an air sampling which is sent off to a lab. If the presence of asbestos is confirmed, further consultation is done to establish the type of abatement process needed for removal.