Asbestos Testing Calgary
Asbestos is a term used to describe some naturally occurring minerals traditionally used to insulate buildings. Thanks to its versatility and strength, asbestos building products were often used to reinforce building and construction materials made of plastic and cement.
The use of asbestos was particularly common in the years before 1990 – in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s they were a particularly common part of building materials, enjoying a presence in well over 2,000 materials.
A ban was eventually placed on the use of asbestos. Asbestos is strictly regulated and is completely removed from old buildings where they are found. Why the fall from glory?
Why Asbestos Is Banned
Asbestos is a Designated Substance under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This is a result of the threat it poses to human health. Asbestos fiber is easily consumed through the air we breathe or the liquids we consume. These lightweight fibers are practically invisible and circulate in the air once the asbestos is disturbed.
The worst affected organ of the body by exposure to asbestos is the lungs. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fiber can result in irreparable damages to the lungs including:
- Lung cancer
- Asbestosis – an irreversible and likely fatal scarring of the lungs
- Sick Building Syndrome – an upsurge of chronic illnesses among building inhabitants due to the presence of certain toxic substances (such as asbestos) in the air.
- Mesothelioma – cancer of the esophagus and abdominal lining
Asbestos cannot be detected by the eyes alone. It requires a special process of inspection and laboratory testing to definitively determine its presence. If you suspect that your building is riddled with asbestos, call on an expert for asbestos testing and inspection. Do not attempt to inspect by yourself as you could disturb the asbestos fibers, making it active and dangerous.
If your building was constructed before 1990 and you are sure it has not been tested for the presence of asbestos, please do. Asbestos can be found in such places as floor tiles, vermiculite attic insulation, pipe insulation, and roofing and ceiling materials.
Asbestos Testing Company
Western Environmental Solutions is an environmental restoration company with a strong presence in the Calgary area. Our technicians remove samples from areas and materials asbestos can occur and take these samples to an accredited lab for extensive testing and identification.
We value the safety of Calgary residents and wish to keep your home as safe as can be. Our experts carefully heed the guidelines set by the regulatory bodies. We are both careful and efficient, strictly following asbestos detection and removal best practices.
If you feel your building – and, as a result, air quality – is compromised by asbestos, do not bide your time in calling on the experts at Western Environmental Solutions, we provide professional asbestos removal Calgary and asbestos testing Calgary services.