Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once commonplace in building materials, particularly vermiculite. Homes built before 1990 often contain asbestos. While Canada has now banned the use of asbestos, we can still find materials that may contain asbestos in many Quebec homes and buildings. When asbestos fibers are released into the air, they represent an immediate health risk for you and your family.
Before beginning any renovation or demolition, you should consult the professionals at AmeriSpec about our asbestos sampling service. Reduce your risk of exposure to asbestos by making an appointment with one of our qualified specialists.
Also known as white asbestos, this is the most common form. Often contaminated with tremolite, it is extremely dangerous. Chrysotile asbestos is commonly found in asphalt, roofing material and textiles.
Known as brown asbestos, amosite is commonly used in cement, insulation, tiles and roofing.
Tremolite is responsible for many asbestos-related diseases, with colors ranging from white to dark green. This type of asbestos is commonly found in paint, plumbing materials, insulation and roofing.
Given the dangers involved, asbestos removal is not a do-it-yourself project. In short, not all houses contain asbestos. However, if you do encounter it, don't try to remove it yourself. Improper handling could actually make matters worse by allowing fibers to enter the air you breathe. This could potentially lead to respiratory problems. Professionals must always remove this harmful substance for you. As a result, you can maintain a healthy atmosphere in your home.