Asbestos Testing Services in the Lower Mainland
Are you concerned that your home may contain asbestos? If your home was built before the 1990’s, then there is a chance that it could contain asbestos.
Common areas of concern include:
- Insulation containing vermiculite
- Vinyl floor and ceiling tiles
- Hot water pipes
- Textured paint
What is Asbestos?
The term asbestos refers to a group of silicate minerals that are composed of tiny, fibrous crystals. Although they are microscopic in nature, these fibers are extremely durable and can easily become airborne and inhaled. The particles have a tendency to cling to the tissues of the lungs and other areas of the respiratory system due to their shape. In the respiratory system, they cause inflammation and lead to a number of serious health issues.
Asbestos fibers are strong, durable, and non-combustible. It is its unique qualities that supported its use in a number of commercial and industrial building construction settings in the mid-1900’s. Although its use has diminished in recent decades, there are still many materials that contain asbestos, especially those found in older houses and commercial properties.
It is highly advised that homeowners do not attempt to perform asbestos testing on their own. Asbestos fibers can be released into the air and inhaled. Thus, it is important to hire certified professionals who know what they’re doing when it comes to asbestos testing.
Our Asbestos Testing Services:
We perform asbestos testing in accordance with British Columbia Regulation 296/97. For areas of concern, we will take samples and submit them to a certified laboratory for analysis.
We perform asbestos testing services for:
- Property management companies
- Residential homeowners
- And more!
We will determine if no asbestos is present (ND – None Detected) or alternatively if asbestos is present. If it is present, the quality and type will be reported. Any amount over 0.5% is considered unsafe and will need to be addressed.
Depending on the outcome of the testing, we will provide you with recommendations and you are welcome to consult with us regarding our asbestos removal services.
Call Ethical Waste Services at 604.329.5760 or email [email protected] to discuss your asbestos testing needs.