Before 1990, asbestos was a commonly used building material. Asbestos was used in many construction applications because it is strong, durable, fire-resistant, absorbs sound, and has high thermal performance.
River City Inspection & Environmental in Winnipeg offers demolition, mould, and asbestos removal services. Here they share more about the hazards of asbestos and where you might find it in your home.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made of fibrous materials that can pose serious health risks. However, it is only dangerous when fibres are disturbed. This is why you should always have your home tested for asbestos before any demolition or renovation project.
When disturbed, the fibres become airborne, and you can breathe them in. When inhaled, those fibres can do severe damage to the lower areas of your lung. They can cause a specific lung disease called asbestosis. The fibres can also damage the lining of your chest cavity and cause a dangerous illness called pleura. Both pleura and asbestosis can make breathing difficult and can be fatal. In addition, prolonged asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer. Read more about the dangers of asbestos.
Where can I find asbestos in my home?
If your home was built prior to 1990, there are likely some building materials in your home that contain asbestos.
For example, you might find asbestos in vermiculite attic insulation, pipe or duct insulation, popcorn ceilings, tile flooring, ceiling tiles, and spray-foam insulation. In addition, drywall and joint compounds used to seam drywall could contain asbestos.
What should I do if I think I have asbestos in my home?
If you have asbestos in your home and plan on renovating, call to have it tested. An asbestos testing company will take a sample of the suspect material and bring it to a lab. Once you get the result, you’ll be sure. Never attempt to remove or disturb materials that may contain asbestos. It is not worth the risk to your health!
Always hire a certified asbestos removal company
Contact River City Inspection & Environmental for an asbestos removal consultation if the lab confirms the material contains asbestos. First, they’ll assess the situation and provide you with a detailed quote. Then, they’ll prepare your site and perform professional asbestos removal.
River City is certified for all classifications of asbestos removal. They comply with government regulations and industry guidelines and remove hazardous asbestos safely and properly.
Mould and Asbestos Removal in Winnipeg
River City Inspection & Environmental offers certified mould and asbestos removal in Winnipeg and the surrounding communities. Their technicians are certified for Water Damage and Applied Microbial Remediation and Abestos Removal and Abatement. They offer safe, efficient, and professional service and are available for any questions or concerns you might have.
If you suspect asbestos or mould, contact River City Inspections & Environmental!