Asbestos Abatement Procedure
If you have a home that was built before the 1990s, there’s a possibility that it has material in it that may contain asbestos, as asbestos was used in buildings and homes for drywall, tiles, ceilings, and attics. According to Canada.ca, there are several minerals commonly known as asbestos that can be used to make products strong, long-lasting, and fire-resistant. Nonetheless, in light of these benefits, breathing in asbestos fibres can cause diseases, such as:
- Asbestosis – A scarring of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe;
- Mesothelioma – A rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity; and,
- Lung Cancer – Smoking can greatly increase this risk.
Fortunately, there are no significant health risks if materials containing asbestos in your home are:
- Tightly bound in products and are in good condition;
- Sealed behind walls and floorboards;
- Isolated in an attic; and
- Left undisturbed.
However, given the recent trend to home renovations, more and more asbestos is being discovered in homes across Northern and Western Canada. That’s where Sealtech Restorations in Calgary can help as specialists in asbestos abatement and remediation services. By being proactive and consulting with professionals on asbestos, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you took the necessary precautions to ensure your home or commercial structure is asbestos-free, and free of any other potentially hazardous materials. Here’s what you need to know:
- Before You Start – If you are renovating, repairing, or demolishing a house built by or before 1990, you are required to have a hazardous materials survey conducted.
- Hazmat Survey – A qualified person collects representative bulk samples that are sent to be analyzed by a qualified laboratory.
- Report – Result can be an “all clear” for your home, or if hazardous materials are discovered, they will be identified in the report. Once you have this analysis testing report in your hands, you can start getting quotes from contractors.
- Asbestos Abatement (Removal) – The owner or employer retains a trained asbestos abatement company, like Sealtech Restorations, to remove the asbestos and other hazardous materials identified in the analysis testing report.
- Final Approval – After the asbestos removal, the owner or employer receives written confirmation that the asbestos specified for removal on the final air clearance report has been removed. If any additional asbestos is found during renovations, a risk assessment is done and the asbestos is safely contained or removed.
Seek Professionals for Consultation and Recommendation
Sealtech Restorations has been removing asbestos in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Eastern British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories since 1979, providing residential asbestos removal in Calgary and commercial asbestos removal for our clients. If you’d like to have your home, commercial, or industrial property checked for asbestos, other hazardous waste, or mould removal, contact Sealtech Restorations at 403-253-5002 today for more information or for a free estimate.