Due to its favourable physical qualities, asbestos was widely used in construction during most of the 20th century. Before its adverse effects on health became widely known, this naturally occurring mineral had multiple purposes. It was often mixed with other materials (e.g., cement) to improve their fire- and heat-resistant qualities. You might be surprised to find a high chance of your home containing this hazardous material, but considering the age of many Toronto buildings, asbestos contamination is not uncommon.
Some asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are more dangerous than others; it depends on their friability and exposure to damage. Special attention must be taken when air and heating duct insulation is in question because these materials are easily damaged by the ravages of time. This is why asbestos testing in older Toronto homes is especially advised. ACMs can be very stealthy and hard to identify, so hiring a professional asbestos removal company in Toronto is the best way to clear any doubts about this material’s presence. The trusted staff of Inch by Inch Inspections is always ready to help.
Types of Asbestos
Asbestos doesn’t appear in a single form, and six different types of this mineral occur naturally. Depending on its specific physical qualities, each type was used for various purposes:
- Actinolite – insulation, paints, drywall, sealants, mixed with cement;
- Amosite – manufacturing of fire-proof materials;
- Anthophyllite – insulation, mixed with cement;
- Chrysotile – fire-resistant textiles, roofing, asphalt, mixed with cement;
- Crocidolite – spray-on coatings, pipe insulation, mixed with cement;
- Tremolite – insulation, paints, roofing, water pipes.
These types also differ in their effects on health, some being more dangerous than others. The untrained eye usually cannot tell the difference between them, especially when mixed with other materials. Hence, the best way to correctly identify them is to conduct professional asbestos testing.
Do A Visual Inspection
If you doubt that your Toronto home might need asbestos removal, some signs can indicate the presence of this hazardous material. Since damaged ACMs are the source of contamination, thoroughly inspect your ducts for any signs of damage. As asbestos microfibrils easily become airborne, it is essential to perform the visual inspection carefully, without disturbing the suspicious materials and wearing a respiratory mask. If you see any abrasions or signs that the material is deteriorating, the smartest thing to do is reach out to an expert in Toronto and get asbestos testing.
Removing Asbestos in Ductwork
Having asbestos in air ducts is a very serious problem considering that its microfibrils are harmful when inhaled. If the testing confirms that the ducts include ACMs, they must be removed and replaced as soon as possible. Removing the materials yourself is a precarious endeavour, as it requires strict safety measures and specific equipment. Calling a professional is the safest and most secure way to get rid of any ACMs at your property. Inch by Inch’s certified inspectors are equipped with the tools, knowledge and experience necessary to conduct the removal efficiently and safely. Reach out to Inch by Inch today and schedule your inspection.