Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos Removal in Vancouver

Asbestos Removal Vancouver

When starting a new renovation, nobody ever wants to hear the words “We found asbestos.” While many of us get scared of asbestos exposure, not many of us know the impact of  having asbestos in our homes.  Likewise, as most of us are unprepared to realize that our home has asbestos, we get confused on what the right thing to do. The only right thing to do then is not to do the removal yourself. Call an asbestos removal professional in Vancouver to safely to the job.

In the 20th century, asbestos became a widely used building material, praised for its low cost, fire resistance and sound absorption. It wasn’t until the latter half of the century that asbestos was marked as a high risk material and was discovered to be linked to severe health issues. Since then, multiple measures were taken to carry out asbestos removal to any household affected with it. While Canada has banned asbestos and asbestos-containing products, it is still found in many older homes when asbestos was a commonly used product. Asbestos is generally safe if left undisturbed, the real danger comes once the asbestos is disturbed which causes it to break and release particles into the air. These tiny abrasive asbestos fibers can be easily inhaled causing damage to lung tissue and causing cancer.

Before you begin your next renovation, it is important to know where asbestos can be hiding. The list comes a little handy especially if you won’t have the time to ask an asbestos abatement contractor to do the testing. The most common places include:

  • Insulation materials for pipes and furnaces, and attic insulation
  • Asbestos and cement shingles
  • Siding and roofing tiles
  • Soundproofing applications
  • Plaster and joint compounds
  • Some plastics, including paints and adhesives
  • Casings for electrical wires
  • Some floor tiles and flooring adhesives

If the asbestos is found to be in good condition, it will not release dangerous fibers into the air. However, if disturbed, it can cause some health issues. Should your renovation reveal there is asbestos in your home, whether in good condition or poor, you need to hire an asbestos removal contractor to ensure it is handled correctly.

Proper asbestos removal by professionals

There are two things that can be done if asbestos is found: repair or removal. Repairing means the asbestos is either sealed off or covered to ensure it does not break apart. While repair is usually cheaper than removal should you need to remove the asbestos completely later on, it will make the removal of asbestos more difficult and expensive. We strongly recommend you do not try to repair the asbestos on your own. Improper handling of asbestos materials creates more problems than it solves. This is why removal by a professional is the preferred method. Remember, both options will require a properly licensed and trained professionals.

Sealed off area for asbestos removal

While finding asbestos is not the absolute worst thing that can happen in a project, it still needs to be handled carefully and properly. While asbestos was once a widely used material, that has led to many illnesses, if it is found in your home, it does not mean your dream renovation has to be stopped completely. By hiring an asbestos abatement professional and taking the proper steps, finding asbestos in your home can be dealt with correctly and easily. At BC Green Construction & Demolition, we make sure that every step of the asbestos removal process is carried out correctly in accordance with Vancouver code and regulations. Call us now and we will be happy to serve you.

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