Improper asbestos removal may result in breathing asbestos fibers, which can lead to a range of diseases, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Further, improper removal can lead to the loss of use of your home or legal impacts when it comes time to sell.
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If you own a home built prior to 1986, in Toronto chances are you have some asbestos fibers into some materials.
Asbestos can be found in popcorn texture usually 1 to 4% chrysotile.
Drywall joint compound (mud) was also reinforced by adding asbestos fibers like chrysotile.
Plaster ceilings and plaster walls
Older 9×9 vinyl tile and even 12 x 12 can contain asbestos fibers like chrysotile
Older Linoleum floors have very high concentration of asbestos fibers on the attached paper underlay.
Radiator pipe wrap also called asbestos heath shield is often hiding under finished basements
Meta ducting some times was lined on the exterior with asbestos paper
Vermiculite insulation in attics is a 50/50 must be tested
Floor vents wrapped with a cardboard like paper contains asbestos fibers
Older 2×2 ceiling tiles specially the perforated one do contain asbestos
Boiler rooms and piping insulation
Check some of this pictures of materials containing asbestos on our blog
Testing for Asbestos.
There are a few ways you can test for asbestos:
Air sampling usually done after asbestos removal or abatement.
Bulk sampling prior to a renovation or demolition.
Dust collection for identification and analysis of fibers.
Most asbestos laboratories in Toronto allow the customer to bring directly to the lab a small sample of the material in question (dollar size)placed on a zip lock bag for testing and analysis. Not only they tell you if the material has asbestos or not but also tell you the quantity and type.
No is the short answer, at a minimum you should call an asbestos contractor or Company like our for expert advice.
Where can I dispose of asbestos?
Its illegal to dispose of asbestos materials on regular waste disposal in Toronto, not only you can get a large fine but even prison time if caught repeating the offence. Call an asbestos disposal company.
While in some cases identification can be done by pictures from similar items already lab tested, the proper and sure way is to get a bulk sample of the material and submit it to a laboratory in Toronto for asbestos bulk analysis and identification.
I am planning on a renovation should I test for asbestos?
If the property home or business was built prior to 1986 you must comply with the Ontario Regulation 278-05 and provide the trades with a designated substances report for his safety, is employees safety and for your own, its the Law in Canada.
What is the Ontario regulation 278/05?
Our government created in 2005 this regulation in order to protect the workers but also the owners of a property so that renovation contractors do not get exposed to asbestos fibers but also the owners safety.
How are asbestos materials removed safely?
Guidelines designed for asbestos abatement workers and companies dictate the procedures and types of abatement depending on the hazardous levels found. See Ontario regulation 278-05 here O. Reg. 278/05: DESIGNATED SUBSTANCE – ASBESTOS ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND IN BUILDINGS AND REPAIR OPERATIONS (ontario.ca)
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