Do You Need to Be Worried About Asbestos in Your Home?
On September, 25, 2023
And if there is any, how can you get it removed?
For most of the 20th century, asbestos was a very common building material, mostly because it is an effective insulator and fire retardant. In some parts of the world, it's still used, but asbestos has been banned in the U.S. and Canada because we've come to know more about the health risks that it poses to humans. However, there's still a chance that there is asbestos in your home, and if it is, it's very important that you're able to locate it and have it safely removed.
At Remove Asbestos Canada, our Toronto asbestos removal experts can inspect your home and let you know whether or not asbestos is a threat, and we can guarantee a safe and thorough removal of the material. Still, many homeowners may not be concerned with whether or not there is asbestos in their homes, and it is easy to trust that your home is safe.
So how worried should you be about the possibility of asbestos in your home?
Common locations of asbestos in the home
One of the most common places to find asbestos in your Toronto home is the heating duct system. If you have an older home with rigid metal ducts, check for white fabric tape used to seal them. This tape often contains asbestos, so if you find it, you should have an inspection performed as soon as possible to have it removed.
Other places you might find asbestos:
- Floor tiles
- Ceiling tiles
- Vermiculite insulation in attics and walls
- Roofing and siding
- Artificial ashes and embers in gas fireplaces
- Textured paint and patching compounds
Health problems caused by asbestos
The three most common diseases caused by asbestos are:
- Lung cancer
Each of these is caused by asbestos fibers entering your lungs, where they cause inflammation, scarring, and eventually, tumors.
- Asbestosis is an inflammation that leads to shortness of breath, coughing, and other breathing problems.
- Mesothelioma is a cancer of the protective membrane around the lungs.
- Lung cancer is well-known because it claims many lives each year.
Are you at risk?
If your Toronto home was built before 1980, there's a strong chance that it has some asbestos in it, as it was used in many different building materials in the past. Remember, though, that most people are exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives, and low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil, so you don't need to panic!
If you suspect you have asbestos in your home, call our experts now for an inspection of your home and to have the asbestos removed.