Asbestos Awareness - December 14th 2016


Asbestos Awareness

You may have seen Work Safe BC's asbestos awareness ads on TV or on radio recently, warning people of potential risks if you live in a home that was built before 1990.  Shell says Asbestos cannot jump out of the wall at you, as long as the material containing asbestos is undisturbed, you don't have any risk.  Once the asbestos is disturbed, it becomes airborne and can pose serious risks. Shell Busey's Home Improvements and Renovations can test and remove asbestos if you are planning on doing any renovations around your home.  Contact Shell Busey's Home Service Referral Network today by calling 604.542.2236 for more information.  It's just that easy!

Breathing in asbestos can cause serious health problems, lung diseases, and cancer. So before work starts, identify any asbestos in your home and get it properly removed to ensure the health and safety of everyone working on your project.

The following information can be found on Work Safe BC's website - CLICK FOR MORE INFO.

What is Asbestos and why is it dangerous?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was used in more than 3,000 building materials from the 1950s to 1990s.

When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, intentionally or unintentionally, asbestos can be released into the air; and exposure to harmful airborne asbestos can cause serious health concerns for anyone working or living on your property.

How do I know if I have asbestos in my home?

Unfortunately, it's hard to know if you have asbestos in your home because it's often mixed with other materials. However, if you are renovating or demolishing a home built before 1990, it's likely that at least some parts of the home will contain asbestos. Asbestos is only harmful when materials containing asbestos are disturbed, so know where to look for it and how to remove it safely.

Some common asbestos-containing materials include:

  • - Vinyl tiles and linoleum sheet flooring
    - Roof felt and shingles
    - Loose, blown-in insulation, such as vermiculite
    - Stucco
    - Gypsum board filling compound, and patching and joint compound for walls and ceilings
    - Incandescent light fixture backing
    - Deck undersheeting

How do I test for asbestos and have it safely removed?

In order to properly identify asbestos in your home, you must hire a qualified testing company or asbestos surveyor. The testing company or surveyor will take samples of possible asbestos-containing materials in your home, and send them to a lab for testing. The surveyor will then provide you with a report of the location of asbestos in your home.

Once you have identified the asbestos-containing materials in your home, the next step is to have the identified asbestos removed by a qualified asbestos abatement contractor. Provide the contractor with the report from the surveyor to ensure that all of the identified asbestos-containing materials are removed. Once the work has been completed, the abatement contractor will provide you with a report confirming that all asbestos has been removed, and your property is ready for demolition or renovation.

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  Shell Busey's Home Improvements and Renovationscan test and remove asbestos if you are planning on doing any renovations around your home. Contact Shell Busey's Home Service Referral Network today by calling 604.542.2236 for more information. It's just that easy!

Videos:

The History of Asbestos in BC

Asbestos Hazards in Renovations, Restorations, and Demolition

Asbestos in Construction: Homeowners

This video shows how asbestos fibres can damage lung tissue and lead to lung disease