What Is Asbestos & Why Is It Important To Have Your Property Tested?
Asbestos is the name given to six minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. Asbestos was also used to reinforce materials to increases strength. For these reasons, asbestos was widely used building materials prior to 1995.
The asbestos minerals are silicate compounds as they contain atoms of silicon and oxygen in their molecular structure. The two major groups of asbestos minerals are: serpentine asbestos and amphibole asbestos. Chrysotile was the most common serpentine asbestos mineral used in commercial and residential building materials. Amphilbole asbestos include tremolite, actinolite, crocidolite, anthophylite, and armosite. Vermiculite was primarily used in attics and walls of older homes for insulation purposes. Removal of this material is very common when re-insulating a home.
Asbestos fibres are very small and can only be seen under a microscope. If your house was built prior to 1995, you probably have asbestos in you home. Unless you disturb it, you are probably safe. However, legislation is in place for testing to determine asbestos (considered a "harzardous material") prior to renovations and demolition projects. This is why asbestos awareness has grown in the past two decades. It is harmful to your health and can cause cancer.
Our teams are experienced, certified and have completed both residential and commercial projects throughout Alberta. They will contain the working environment from the rest of your residence or commercial building during demolition. Testing is done before, during and after the project is completed to ensure compliance and safety for our customers. There are no shortcuts. The project is not complete and re-entry is not permitted until the project has passed air quality testing.
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