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Asbestos Testing

Asbestos Testing in Ottawa and Montreal
Ottawa & Montreal

These days, everyone knows that asbestos is a major health hazard that’s capable of causing severe diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Unfortunately, not everyone can be as sure that their home is asbestos-free.

Since even short-term exposure to asbestos can cause permanent damage to your health, asbestos testing for your Ottawa or Montreal property is not just important, it’s also necessary.

Surprisingly, asbestos is not banned in Canada, which is why asbestos identification and testing is still highly recommended for high-risk products. This is particularly true for older buildings that were constructed before the health risks associated with asbestos were known.

If you’re worried about asbestos in your home or place of work, call Mold Busters today and book an asbestos test in Ottawa. We also provide complete asbestos testing services and asbestos abatement in Montreal.

*Please remember to shut down all heating, cooling and HVAC systems during an asbestos test to prevent asbestos fibres from spreading and to minimize chances of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Testing for Older Homes
Asbestos Testing for Older Homes

Common sources of asbestos

The following is a list of everyday items that have been known to contain asbestos:

  • Insulation in walls, ceilings and hot-water heating systems (i.e. Zonolite insulation)
  • Electrical appliances
  • Shingles and felt for roofing
  • Exterior siding
  • Pipe lining and boiler covering
  • Cement and other compounds such as caulking, putty, roof patching, furnace cement and driveway coating
  • Textured and latex paints
  • Acoustical ceiling tiles and plaster
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Hair dryers
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • Flame-resistant aprons and electric blankets
  • Clay pottery

To reduce your chances of asbestos exposure, get these items tested immediately.

Types of asbestos

Asbestos can be classified into six main types:

  • Chrysotile
  • Amosite
  • Crocidolite
  • Tremorite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Actinolite

However, of all these types, chrysotile (also known as “white asbestos”) is the most widely used, accounting for more than 95% of worldwide asbestos use.

Despite the well-known health hazards of asbestos exposure as well as an asbestos ban in over 50 countries around the world, the government of Canada still hasn’t banned the substance, largely due to its multi-million-dollar chrysotile asbestos industry.

To read more about the different types of asbestos and Canada’s regulations surrounding its use, visit the About Asbestos page.

Asbestos and your health

Asbestos particles are tiny and fibrous. If disturbed or released into the air, they can be inhaled and cause serious problems like chronic wheezing, coughing or difficulty breathing, callus-like growths in the throat and lungs, mesothelioma, and eventually lung cancer.

Asbestos fibres can be released through a variety of routine maintenance procedures and renovation work, such as drilling into or demolishing drywall, installing electrical wiring, removing floor or ceiling tiles, replacing concrete water tanks and working with thermal insulation.

It is also important when conducting asbestos abatement to work in a contained area, wearing respirator masks and full body suits, in order to prevent asbestos exposure.

Not implementing proper asbestos testing and removal procedures puts you at risk. Only professionals have the knowledge and ability to safely perform asbestos identification, asbestos abatement and proper disposal.

For the fastest, most reliable asbestos testing in Ottawa or asbestos testing in Montreal, contact Mold Busters. We follow EPA safety standards for asbestos testing.