Asbestos Testing


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Exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of developing (Source: Health Canada):

  • Asbestosis; is a scarring of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe
  • Mesothelioma; a rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity
  • Lung cancer; smoking can greatly increase this risk

Our company can help you with the testing of suspicious material so that you know where in your house there may be asbestos containing building material. 

Any home built before the 1980’s may have building products that contain asbestos fibers

It is extremely important to conduct some tests prior to renovations, if your house was built before the 1980’s.  Asbestos fibers are not harmful unless they are released into the air. When they are released, the fibers break down into tiny particles. The particles become airborne, and we inhale them. Then they collect in the lungs, causing scarring and inflammation. Several health organizations have classified asbestos as a carcinogen, a cancer-causing substance.

Asbestos fibers can be found in thousands of products some of which are still manufactured today. Asbestos has been banned in the residential construction industry but before the 1980’s it was found in building products such as:

  1. Heating duct and pipes insulation
  2. Attic insulation (Vermiculite)
  3. Plaster walls and ceilings
  4. Old drywall
  5. Popcorn ceiling
  6. Vinyl tiles
  7. Acoustic ceiling tiles
  8. Drywall joint compounds, adhesives etc.

 

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home diagram - potential sources of asbestos in the home