A common response when Canadians learn the dangers of asbestos and the likelihood of having some asbestos containing materials in their home is panic. While we understand why the news of a potential hidden threat causes the immediate impulse to get rid of all asbestos containing materials everywhere, we suggest taking a deep breath and trying to keep calm.
Here at Amity Environmental, we believe in taking a proactive but evidence-based approach to asbestos. Here’s what that means for you.
Leave Undisturbed Asbestos-Containing Materials Alone.
Many things contain asbestos. Floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, and ductwork are just a few examples of things in your home that likely contain at least some asbestos. But unless these items are cracked, broken, chipped, or otherwise deteriorating with age, they represent no risk to you or your family. Rashly removing all these materials from your home, especially if you forgo professional help, may cause the release of asbestos fibers into the air and will likely cause much more harm than leaving them alone. However, if you notice common asbestos-containing materials are degrading, then you should call in asbestos experts to do an inspection immediately.
Have an Inspection Done Before Your Renovate or Demolish Anything.
On the proactive side of things, it’s important to have an inspection for asbestos done before you do any renovations on your home. Because asbestos is contained in so many things as microscopic fibers, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to recognize asbestos within an item or material. The only way to know if your worksite is safe is to have an inspection done. That’s why the city of Calgary has made asbestos inspections a mandatory part of getting a building or demolition permit.
When it comes to asbestos, it’s best to take a cautious but rational approach to any potential asbestos-containing materials in your home. If a material is likely to be disturbed or to degrade, it’s a good idea to have it tested and replaced. But if a material will remain in perfect condition, there’s no reason to worry. If you’re planning a renovation and need an asbestos inspection for your home or business, contact Amity Environmental today. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions, perform an inspection, and remove any asbestos we find.