Testing Your Home For Asbestos Before Demolition

If your home was built before 1986, the demolition of your home could become a health risk. This is because building materials that include asbestos were used in Canadian homes right until the middle of the 1980s. You have no need to worry for the health of you and your family before your demolition process begins, though–the asbestos used in building material is not much of a health risk a long as it is not disturbed. The trouble can start when demolition begins and the fibres of the asbestos are released. This can harm the demolition workers and anyone else who is in the neighbourhood area. This is why you need an asbestos removal Victoria BC company.

Asbestos was banned in Canada in the late 1970s, but home builders continued to use it until the middle of the next decade. You could have it in your home in linoleum flooring, paint, drywall mud, concrete, vermiculite (used as insulation in attics), and pipe insulation. The health conditions they can cause include mesothelioma, diffuse pleural thickening, lung cancer, and asbestosis. These are all dangerous conditions, with mesothelioma being the worst. 400 to 500 deaths are caused by it in Canada every year.

The good news is trained professionals are available to remove any traces of asbestos in your home. Now that you know this information about asbestos, the last thing that you should feel you have to do is remove the asbestos for yourself. Without the proper equipment and training, you will put yourself into a dangerous position.

But you do have to get it removed. Greater Victoria’s CRD states on their website that before a home is demolished or renovated, the law requires that a Hazardous Materials Survey be completed by a qualified individual. In this survey, your home will have its hazardous items, such as asbestos, identified. Then, your contractor or you as the homeowner can determine how the materials will be managed safely. This procedure is necessary because the CRD cannot have asbestos included with other demolition wastes that are brought to Hartland Landfill. Separating them will keep everyone safe.

Asbestos removal is a hazardous task, but the people who are trained to do it can do it well, so you do not have to worry. We at Hazpro Environmental can be included in your asbestos removal process. Located in Victoria West, we can bring our equipment and qualified professionals to help your demolition in Greater Victoria go well.