It’s tricky to identify if your home used to have asbestos, especially if an asbestos abatement Vancouver company has already cleared it out and decontaminated it. If this has been done, you have nothing to worry about. If your house has asbestos, there are usually a few signs that you can look out for, whether the house is on the newer side or built before the 1970s.
Asbestos is now globally known as a material that is dangerous if exposed to, although it is not banned yet in most countries. Its small fibres are tiny enough to enter your lungs and cause asbestos-related respiratory illnesses like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you suspect asbestos at a facility you are at every day, contact us for asbestos abatement Vancouver services.
Asbestos is a highly toxic material that can cause a wide array of diseases and health complications including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. It’s not usually the first thing you worry about before moving into your new home, however, if your house was built before 1979 there’s good chance asbestos is hiding somewhere within the walls, insulation or other parts of the home’s foundation. An asbestos removal Vancouver company can test your home and if asbestos is confirmed, it will take appropriate action to dispose of it carefully and up to code.
By now, we are all familiar with the fact that asbestos was present in many items and workplaces between the 1930s and 1950s. Sometimes it was hidden in work equipment or as insulation to prevent fires, and other times it fell from the sky in the form of fake snow. Asbestos in fake snow was prevalent during the 1940s as it had exactly the look required to emulate the real thing.
As fun as it may be to bring out old holiday decorations, toys, and other nostalgic artifacts, it can also pose dangers. We all know about the classic dangers that Christmas time can bring, like being careful with real Christmas trees indoors, Christmas lights overheating and posing dangers, but nobody ever talks about asbestos-containing holiday products you probably own. You know, the ones that are buried in boxes in your basement that you bring out every year? Or maybe you haven’t brought it out in a while, and are excited to this year.
With winter coming up, most people are preparing their wardrobes, decorating their houses and getting into the holiday spirit while others are putting their renovation projects to a halt, but is it really necessary?
Usually, no, but it also depends on the company completing your project and on the scale of your project. There is no reason why the colder temperatures should stop you from completing all of your renovation or demolition projects, especially if there is a particularly warmer period without any snowstorms.
Asbestos was considered an essential part of insulation for residential buildings, houses, libraries, schools and countless other structures due to its incredible fire-resistant properties. It was lighter, stronger and much more durable than other fire-resistant compounds so it was used in bricks, concrete, furniture, boilers, engines, and it was even mixed in with various plastics and resins. An asbestos removal Vancouver company like BC Green can help you dispose of your items safely and without additional risk.
Wintertime represents the holidays – family, friends, good company and good food. Unfortunately, it can also mean increased exposure to asbestos without even realizing it. Asbestos exposure doesn’t always come about from renovations, it can also sneak up in the most hidden ways! If you are concerned your home could contain asbestos, Vancouver asbestos removal is the best way to ensure your home is one hundred percent asbestos-free.
How to Keep Your Family Safe From Asbestos
From the 1940’s to the 1980’s, asbestos was widely used to fireproof certain products, and in the insulation of buildings and car parts. Since then, many cities and property owners have taken initiative to demolish asbestos-containing buildings for the safety of residents, and replace insulation with safer materials. Although this is a significant step forward in order to keep your family safe from asbestos, there are still many products and buildings that contain asbestos.