Asbestos Fibers

Asbestos:

Once a multi-use material, now a threat

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral occurring naturally in the environment. It was used extensively during the 19th and 20th centuries in construction and building materials as well as  occupational clothing because of its lightness, strength and fire-retardant properties.  In fact, for many decades, Canada was one of the world’s largest suppliers of asbestos, in its many forms.

Asbestos is made of microfibres which pose a grave health risk to those subject to prolonged exposure. Loose asbestos fibres can take up to 18 hours to land when floating in ambient air.  When inhaled, the fibres attach to the lungs, damaging tissue and causing life-threatening diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and other forms of cancer.

Where is asbestos Found?

Here are the most common places where you’ll find asbestos:

  • Drywall mudding compound
  • Vinyl floor tiles (VCT floor tiles)
  • Linoleum flooring
  • Silicone around windows/sliding doors
  • Textured popcorn ceiling
  • Textured walls
  • Plaster
  • Attic/wall insulation
  • Steam pipe insulation
  • Boiler enclosures
  • Roofing materials
How do I deal with asbestos?

Handling any asbestos product or material is hazardous. Asbestos fibres spread very easily when rubbed, broken or cut, becoming airborne and practically invisible. To avoid exposure, asbestos contamination is best handled by professionals with the relevant certifications and equipment.

However, if you suspect the presence of asbestos or would like to make sure before undertaking a renovation or demolition project, you can safely collect samples yourself.  Just follow our guidelines.

And if you are not confident, don’t be alarmed.  We will come to your location and collect the samples for you.  All it takes is a call!

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Victims of asbestos exposure often end up with lung cancer or other harmful lung problems. We donate a portion of our proceeds to Lung Cancer Canada for research towards finding a cure and to support educational programs on healthy breathing.