Purchasing a house containing asbestos isn’t a great idea but also not a bad one. If you completely understand the potential risks associated with asbestos removal, the presence of the fibre in a home wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. It is dangerous if you are planning to go ahead without the advice of experts and that is where we come in.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral that was extensively used to build homes. It consists of tiny fibres, which when inhaled can stick on the lining of your lungs and cause conditions such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. The best course of action here is to prevent asbestos exposure in residential properties altogether.
Understanding the level of Asbestos With Testing
The best way to safeguard yourself is by assessing the level of asbestos in the property and developing a plan to manage it. Follow this evaluation process:
Inspect the home carefully and be on the lookout for any signs of materials that contain asbestos
Check with your real estate agent if the home has asbestos
If you doubt that the property isn’t free of asbestos, conduct a professional asbestos inspection before buying the home
Managing Asbestos in Your Home
There are three options to minimize the risk of living with asbestos. They are:
Not disturbing the fibre: It may be perfectly safe to live in a home if the asbestos is in a good condition and is not disturbed.
Encapsulation: Covering the fibres with non-hazardous building material. This includes installing a false ceiling underneath areas having asbestos or laying linoleum tiles over asbestos tiling.
Removal: If asbestos is present in an area that needs to be disturbed by renovations, asbestos removal is the only way to prevent any risk.
Looking for Asbestos Abatement Services?
Clean Air Services is committed to ensure the safety and health of Calgary residents by offering effective asbestos inspection and abatement. All our technicians are experienced, licenced and well equipped for the job. They can guide you through the step by step process of asbestos abatement.
Call us for asbestos removal services in Calgary.