What is Asbestos?

Asbestos Abatement Project

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

By definition, asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings. In english, it is an insulator with great fire protection properties that is resistant to chemical erosion.

What are the risks?

Asbestos isn’t hazardous until it is disturbed, often from renovations or demolitions. Breathing exposed asbestos fibres can cause cancer and other diseases including, asbestois, mesthelima and lung cancer.

Does my home contain asbestos?

If your house was built between 1950 – 1990, it is likely that there is some form of asbestos. It is often hard to tell because asbestos was mixed with with many other materials. Before doing any renovations you must have your drywall tested for asbestos. HERE is a link to asbestos testing facilities.

Common uses for asbestos:

  • Insulation
  • Linoleum
  • Floor tiles
  • Drywall
  • Cement board and tiles
  • Textured decorative coatings
  • Cement pipers

Please click on the following link to see which materials may be asbestos containing

Asbestos Hazards for Homeowners

What do I do if my home contains asbestos?

If your home contains asbestos and you’re looking to do renovation, call us, we specialize in Asbestos Abatement and can safely remove and dispose of all contaminated materials.

Find more information on how we can help HERE