Asbestos In Calgary
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral which causes life-threatening lung diseases if inhaled. This harmful substance was used in over 2,000 building materials until it was banned. It has increasingly come to light that more homes than initially suspected could be prone to this problem. How do you know you are affected? And what do you do about it?
If your home was built before the year 1980, it almost certainly contains asbestos materials. If it was built between 1980 and 1990, it is also likely to contain some asbestos material somewhere.
Left undisturbed, asbestos poses little threat to humans. If disturbed, building materials containing asbestos release asbestos fibers into the air where it will likely be inhaled. It is important that asbestos are properly and safely removed when found. This is even more important when the time comes for home renovation.
Considering the threat asbestos pose to health, some areas of the country now have laws in place making asbestos testing and asbestos removal Calgary compulsory before obtaining a building permit. If you suspect that there might be asbestos in your home, it is important that you consult an asbestos professional for testing.
If you have any asbestos-related concerns before purchasing a new home, an asbestos expert should be invited for an asbestos inspection. Asbestos inspection can be completed in about the same time as a home inspection. That is roughly between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the size of the home.
Asbestos inspection does not come as part of your buyer-seller contract. This means that you have to get it done yourself by including a contingency into the standard purchase contract. While this might incur you some extra cost, it will be worth it.
As a rule of thumb, be sure to employ the services of an asbestos inspector if the home you wish to buy within the Calgary area was built before 1980. To that effect, neighborhoods such as Willow Park, Charleswood, Lake Bonavista, Whitehorn, and more, which were completely constructed before 1980 would require asbestos inspection. Unless, of course, the asbestos has already been detected and removed.
The cost of asbestos removal varies depending on the extent of removal required. However, with such health risks as asbestosis (a chronic lung disease occasioned by prolonged exposure to asbestos dust), lung cancer, and mesothelioma (a rare but aggressive cancer form that affects the lining of the lungs), it would be worth the effort.
We at Western Environmental Solutions specialize in asbestos testing and removal. Whether this is a commercial or residential building, our hazard experts work to detect any trace of asbestos and get it off your building, making it safe for habitation. With years of experience behind us, plus our use of professionally certified experts, you can be certain that your home can be made 100% asbestos free.