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.
Where Does Asbestos Hide?
Asbestos was once used as a form of insulation due to its fire-resistant properties. It was used in oven gloves, Christmas decorations, and various parts of the home’s foundation. It was even used in some children’s toys and as fake snow on movie sets.
In older homes, asbestos may be hiding in the least expected of places.
- Insulation around pipes and in boiler rooms
- In the walls as a form of insulation
- Vinyl flooring
- Roof shingles, siding and wallboards
- Caulking and putty
- Fire-resistant parts of the home like curtains and doors
- Adhesives, some glue brands and some brands of tape
How to Track Down Asbestos in Your Home
Your best bet is to get a home inspection from a company that does asbestos removal Vancouver. They know exactly where to look and can do special tests to determine the presence of asbestos. for you and your family’s safety.
What if Asbestos Presence is Confirmed?
If the tests come back positive, you and your family will need to temporarily find a place to evacuate while the asbestos removal Vancouver team does their job to completely eliminate the risk of contamination or your family and pets breathing in the dangerous fibres.
If you suspect that your home may be contaminated with asbestos, get in touch with our asbestos removal Vancouver team at BC Green. We will complete a thorough home inspection and carefully dispose of the material without any risk to your health.