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Asbestos Testing In Halifax

Asbestos Testing In Halifax


You probably already know asbestos is a dangerous mineral that can cause lung cancer and is extremely hazardous whenever it is disturbed. What you probably don’t know is that asbestos is all around you. It covers the streets; many automotive brake pads contain asbestos, which flakes away as the pads wear down. It may be in your walls, in your attic or even the caulking of your windows. It very well may be right under your feet, mixed in with the tiles on your floor.

How did we get here? There are some good reasons that asbestos has become so ubiquitous. It is useful for a variety of applications. It absorbs sound and is a key ingredient in sound-dampening ceiling tiles. It acts as a flame retardant, which makes it useful for insulation. It prevents heat build-up in car brakes and transmission. So even though the serious health risks of asbestos have been common knowledge for decades, industry continues to use it for a variety of products.

The usefulness of asbestos was discovered long ago. Large-scale mining of asbestos began in the 19th century and asbestos was used widely in a variety of industrial and consumer products until the 1990s, when the health effects became public knowledge and a series of lawsuits reduced its use. So while we know asbestos is hazardous, eliminating it from our lives isn’t so easy. We have spent more than 100 years manufacturing products with asbestos and accumulating these products in our workplaces, cars, and, most importantly, our homes.

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Making matters even worse, the Canadian government has taken a lax attitude toward asbestos. We were a major global producer and exporter of asbestos right up until 2015, when the last operating asbestos mines in Quebec were shut down. The asbestos lobby has until recently wielded significant political power and lobbied the government to keep asbestos legal. More than fifty other nations banned asbestos before Canada finally banned it in 2016. The ban will not take effect until 2018 and even when it does, it will primarily target extraction, manufacturing and imports. It will probably do nothing about the asbestos that already surrounds us. It is up to Canadians to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are safe from asbestos.

What to do if you find asbestos

Why choose us as a domestic asbestos survey company?

In theory, asbestos poses no risk so long as it is sealed and left alone, but this is rarely possible in practice. As you make a home your own, by hanging pictures or moving furniture, you are bound to make small holes in the walls, disturbing any asbestos that may be inside. This becomes an even more serious problem if you, like so many Canadians, want to renovate your home. Asbestos could be in your drywall, insulation or even the paint on your walls, so any time you demolish an existing wall, you risk releasing asbestos into the air, threatening your health and the health of your family.

Asbestos fibres are extremely light and brittle. The slightest disturbance, such as brushing, rubbing, or cutting, can break up asbestos fibres and send them floating as invisible particles through the air. For these reasons, Health Canada advises home owners to hire professionals to inspect for and remove asbestos before beginning any home renovations. If you live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, you should hire the qualified professionals at Mold Busters. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that asbestos in your home is being inspected and removed in accordance with all applicable regulations and professional standards.

Common sources of asbestos

Even though we have known for decades that asbestos is dangerous, it is all around us in a variety of products. Some products that commonly contain asbestos include:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Roofing shingles
  • Cement pipes
  • Brake linings
  • Car transmissions
  • Insulation for walls and pipes
  • Fuseboxes, wiring
  • Furnaces and heating ducts
  • House siding
  • And many more

You should find out the brands and types of all construction materials in your home and research these materials to find out whether or not they contain asbestos. If you find out that the drywall, insulation or some other material in your home contains asbestos, call Mold Busters to have our qualified technicians remove it affordably, efficiently and safely.

Types

Asbestos is a set of naturally occurring minerals which are made up of long, fibrous crystals. It has several characteristics, such as sound absorption, tensile strength as well as resistance to fire, heat and electricity. These characteristics make it useful for many applications in construction, automotive components, and other areas. There are six main types of asbestos:

  • Chrysotile (aka White): Made up of long, curly, flexible fibres. Can be found in everything from cement to brake linings to clothing.
  • Amosite (aka Brown): made up of vitreous (glass-like) fibres, most commonly used as a flame-retardant in insulation.
  • Actinolite, Anthophyllite and Tremolite (aka Green) Asbestos: Mostly used for industrial applications but sometimes used in construction materials.
  • Crocidolite (aka Blue) Asbestos: soft, friable (easily crumbled) fibres. Used for cement pipes and sheets.

While there are many different types of asbestos, Chrysotile accounts for 95% of asbestos in the environment.

How To Test For Asbestos

You should hire professionals to test for asbestos before doing any renovations, demolitions or additions. Samples of insulation, paint, drywall or other materials can be examined by a laboratory to determine whether asbestos is present. Our technicians will seal off an area before beginning a test, ensuring that any asbestos particles released during the test will not spread to the rest of the home. If you live in Halifax, Nova Scotia and you want to protect yourself or your family from the risks of asbestos exposure, call today for an inspection by our qualified technicians.

Nova Scotia asbestos regulations

In Nova Scotia, as in the rest of Canada, the use of asbestos in products is restricted by the composition and application of those products. Asbestos can be used in construction materials or products intended for children so long as the asbestos in it cannot be separated from the product. Clothing containing asbestos can be made so long as it is for the purpose of protecting against fire and a person using the clothing for its intended purpose cannot breathe in airborne asbestos fibres. Asbestos is also permitted for some industrial and scientific applications.

Inspection cost

As much as we would love to advertise our prices, it is impossible to know ahead of time what a particular inspection will cost. The price of an inspection depends on the size and characteristics of the area being inspected as well as the services being provided. Regardless, we offer high-quality services for affordable prices. Call Mold Busters to find out how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing whether or not there is asbestos in your home.

Health Effects

Asbestos is extremely hazardous to human health—so much that exposure to asbestos is still the leading cause of job-related death in Canada decades after the health risks became known. Rates of asbestos-related illness will likely increase in the future because these illnesses have a long latency period (20-50 years) and many people who have not yet shown symptoms will in the future. Some of the most serious asbestos-related illnesses include:

  • Asbestosis: Scarring of lung tissue caused by inhaling asbestos fibres. Can cause victims to experience respiratory problems and cough up blood.
  • Mesothelioma: Cancer in the lining of the lungs. Fluid builds up and puts pressure on the lungs, causing shortness of breath, swelling and coughing. Though it can be treated with chemotherapy, surgery or radiation, the vast majority of patients with mesothelioma die within five years of diagnosis.
  • Lung cancer: Malignant growths inside the lungs.

Nova Scotia asbestos regulations

In Nova Scotia, as in the rest of Canada, the use of asbestos in products is restricted by the composition and application of those products. Asbestos can be used in construction materials or products intended for children so long as the asbestos in it cannot be separated from the product. Clothing containing asbestos can be made so long as it is for the purpose of protecting against fire and a person using the clothing for its intended purpose cannot breathe in airborne asbestos fibres. Asbestos is also permitted for some industrial and scientific applications.

Inspection cost

As much as we would love to advertise our prices, it is impossible to know ahead of time what a particular inspection will cost. The price of an inspection depends on the size and characteristics of the area being inspected as well as the services being provided. Regardless, we offer high-quality services for affordable prices. Call Mold Busters to find out how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing whether or not there is asbestos in your home.

Health Effects

Asbestos is extremely hazardous to human health—so much that exposure to asbestos is still the leading cause of job-related death in Canada decades after the health risks became known. Rates of asbestos-related illness will likely increase in the future because these illnesses have a long latency period (20-50 years) and many people who have not yet shown symptoms will in the future. Some of the most serious asbestos-related illnesses include:

  • Asbestosis: Scarring of lung tissue caused by inhaling asbestos fibres. Can cause victims to experience respiratory problems and cough up blood.
  • Mesothelioma: Cancer in the lining of the lungs. Fluid builds up and puts pressure on the lungs, causing shortness of breath, swelling and coughing. Though it can be treated with chemotherapy, surgery or radiation, the vast majority of patients with mesothelioma die within five years of diagnosis.
  • Lung cancer: Malignant growths inside the lungs.