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Inch by Inch Inspections provides professional, asbestos testing and inspections. Our inspection will include a complete:

  • asbestos inspection torontoVisual examination
  • Careful collection of samples  
  • Lab analysis of samples

If asbestos is present, our inspector will provide a written evaluation describing its location and extent of damage, and give recommendations for correction or prevention.

Your home may require an asbestos inspection

Any home below the third floor of a multi-level, multi-family dwelling needs to be checked for both. Both are usually found in homes built before 1989.Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was widely used in the construction industry. Asbestos by itself has a high tolerance for heat and was considered one of the best materials for fireproofing and insulation. It was largely accepted as standard in the building industry and was intermixed with concrete as well as used in its material state. During the latter half of the 20th century, it was discovered through research that off gassing and dust from asbestos created serious health concerns in humans and now the material is banned from most municipalities and older local properties that have the material must engage in asbestos removal in Toronto. 

The right process for asbestos removal in Toronto

Asbestos is highly toxic and hazardous material. Certified and experienced experts understand the historical ways asbestos was used and can test for the material with the latest and most accurate testing and diagnostic equipment.

  • Asbestos professionals will investigate positive test results and detect all toxic areas that contain asbestos.
  • Upon confirmation of the presence of asbestos, removal professionals will contain and secure the area and begin to plan for the removal of all affected and toxic material.
  • The nature and toxicity of asbestos means disposal is much more complicated than throwing out the trash.
  • Professionals, such as InchByInch Inspections, receive extended amounts of training and education to fully understand the removal of asbestos and the proper and safe disposal of contaminated debris.
  • Processes are constantly updated taking into account any changed or new regulations.

Typical areas that may still have asbestos

While asbestos was a benchmark and accepted building material, it was used in almost every part of the home or commercial building. When older properties go through renovation, asbestos is commonly found in areas that have been untouched or not usually updated for visual or structural reasons. An airborne test for asbestos that comes back positive means that there could be remaining material from older installations or even the original build in typical areas such as:

  • Around basements, attics and cold cellars
  • Behind drywall and finished surfaces
  • Above drop ceilings, ceiling tiles and popcorn type ceilings
  • Beneath floor tiles and hardwood slats
  • Inside ductwork and pipe wraps
  • Roofing shingles and siding
  • Circulatory intake vents and output registers

Hazardous material found in these areas will greatly reduce the quality of air inside the property and will most likely create severe health problems to those exposed to asbestos dust. GTA property owners who suspect or detect asbestos should immediately hire experts to test for and perform asbestos removal in Toronto to correct any toxic air quality issues and reverse any potential health and safety hazards within the property. 

Older Toronto properties maybe still have asbestos

Asbestos material is naturally very good at fireproofing and its dense makeup made it an excellent choice for electrical insulation applications. It had been used widely in construction since the 19th century until the discovery of ill effects from asbestos and was not banned until the latter part of the 20th century. Residential and commercial properties built into the 1970s and early 1990s may have utilized asbestos based materials as insulation and in electrical installations  and the hazardous fibers may still be present. The health risks are far too great and asbestos removal in Toronto is a critical process for older local residential and commercial properties. 

Asbestos removal in Toronto is essential for health and safety

asbestos removal torontoIn its day, asbestos and asbestos based material was the go to choice for builders and developers as the material was low cost, plentiful and has enhanced fireproofing properties. The long term effects on humans makes asbestos use too risky and the material has been banned from cities for many decades. Local homes and commercial spaces that are found to still have asbestos material must perform asbestos removal in Toronto immediately. Asbestos dust and minute material can easily and continuously be consumed by humans inside the building and will cause severe health effects and problems that could be lethal. Substances that are banned may become a legal responsibility adding to the critical nature of asbestos removal. 

How asbestos fibres can harm your body

Asbestos is a heat and fire resistant material that was used before 1989 in homes to insulate heating pipes. It is made up of long fibers that are smaller than what can be seen by the eye and they can be breathed in. They are so small, in fact, that they can be sucked into an air filter and passed right back out of a vacuum cleaner. Asbestos fibers can become lodged in internal body tissues when they are breathed in and this can cause cancer. Most people will develop no symptoms unless they are exposed to high amounts of asbestos. The inspection will determine if the asbestos is deteriorating and causing a problem and needs to be removed.
Breathing in asbestos can cause lung cancer and other serious lung diseases. If you are concerned about possible exposure to asbestos, talk to your health-care professional.

Serious short and long terms health effects of asbestos

Research over time has discovered that asbestos creates toxic environments that can lead to severe and lethal health problems. Over times, asbestos can break down and release sharp microscopic fibers into the local air stream and can be easily inhaled by anyone breathing in the interior air. These solid fibers cause scarring inside the lungs, known as fibrosis, which creates difficulty in breathing and will lead to a host of other respiratory and circulatory health issues. Longer term exposure to asbestos contaminated air can lead to more severe health problems such as lung cancer which can lead to death. Older GTA homes usually 1985 and under and commercial property built before the 1990’s may have asbestos and asbestos based materials in their structures combined with the drastic health concerns created by the material means asbestos removal in Toronto is is a non-negotiable maintenance issue that must be completed to ensure the area is safe and healthy. 

How is asbestos harmful to your lungs?

When asbestos is cut, grounded up or disturbed, asbestos fibers can fly into the air and stay there for a long time. When you breathe in, asbestos fibers can get stuck deep in your lungs. The fibers damage the alveoli, the tiny air sacs at the end of your breathing passages, deep in your lungs. Normally your alveoli inflate and deflate like a balloon, taking in oxygen and getting rid of carbon dioxide. Healthy alveoli are nice and stretchy. Asbestos causes damage and scarring (fibrosis) so your alveoli become stiff, not stretchy. When your alveoli are stiff your lungs have a harder time taking in oxygen, and the muscles in your chest have to work harder to force the air in and out of your lungs. Asbestos also increases the risk of developing lung cancer, especially in those who have smoked.

Is asbestos still in use?

These days, only a small number of products sold in Canada contain asbestos. Asbestos may be still used in brake linings, clutch facings and some roof shingles. Asbestos is regulated in Canada by the federal government’s Hazardous Products Act.

Nowadays, Canadians are most often exposed to asbestos when they’re working in an industry that makes or uses asbestos products, or when they are knocking down or fixing old buildings. People who work near asbestos should use special equipment and have special training on how to limit their exposure. Handling material that contains asbestos is not a job for a do-it-yourselfer; it requires the expertise and the equipment of a professional. If you are planning to repair or seal a building that may contain asbestos, hire an experienced contractor with specialized training in how to handle and remove asbestos.

Although asbestos is banned for use in most Canadian products, it is still mined here in Canada and it is still exported and widely used in other countries. This means millions of people around the world are exposed to asbestos and at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.

How to check for, or prevent asbestos exposure in your home?

If you are buying a new home, or doing a renovation project in a home built before the 1980s, you may be putting yourself at risk for asbestos exposure without even knowing it. Asbestos may be found in wall insulation, insulation around hot-water and steam pipes, soundproofing and decorative materials on the walls and ceilings, ironing board pads, textured paint, roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles and other items in your house. You do not need to remove these products, as long as they are not damaged or falling apart. If the material is damaged, do not remove it yourself – removing or disturbing the asbestos will release the asbestos fibers into the air.

Asbestos removal in Toronto should be performed by professional experts

Asbestos is one of the more challenging and critical issue facing owners of older GTA properties. The complex nature of the project requires highly trained removal experts that can test, locate and remove hazardous material efficiently and thoroughly. InchByInch has extensive experience in both residential and commercial asbestos testing and removal. InchByInch inspectors and crews are fully certified and trained at removal and proper disposal of asbestos in line with local, provincial and federal environmental laws. Professional removal experts like Inch by Inch constantly update training and equipment to offer the best and most thorough asbestos removal for residential and commercial type properties.  

InchByInch Inspections has the expertise for thorough asbestos removal in Toronto

Asbestos is a silent and dangerous problem facing homes and commercial properties built before 1990. Breakdown and disintegration of asbestos material can cause severe and lethal health related issues and must be addressed immediately. Residential and commercial property owners can expect complete, safe and thorough asbestos removal in Toronto from the professionals at InchByInch. InchByInch delivers consistent and complete execution through its extensive experience in all types and sizes of asbestos removal projects. GTA owners and managers  of older properties should consider frequent asbestos testing from InchByInch for complete air quality management. 

Call Inch by Inch Inspections to schedule your asbestos inspection for your residential or commercial property  in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

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