Inspection & Testing
How do I know if I have asbestos?
Asbestos was used in a variety of construction materials until the 1980’s, therefore it is wise to test for asbestos if any demolition or renovation is being planned on a building constructed before 1990.
With Straight Line Contractors you can have confidence that a thorough inspection will be conducted, based on 40 years experience in construction, as well as extensive asbestos training and expertise.
The following are common materials which could contain asbestos:
- Loose-fill vermiculite insulation in attics, walls and cinder-blocks
- Roofing shingles and roofing felt
- Siding and stucco
- Wrap style insulation on hot water tanks, ducting and boiler pipes
- Floor tiles and flooring glue
- Ceilings tiles
- Plaster and drywall mud
- Older water-based coatings such as roofing compounds, spackling, sealants, paint, putty and caulking
Asbestos and Mold Testing
Should potential hazards be identified, Straight Line Contractors is not only trained and certified in hazardous material awareness and identification, we comply with all OH&S standards in procedure and policy, and use independent third party lab to test all physical and air samples.
Our extensive construction experience combined with our specialized asbestos awareness and abatement certification and experience is a winning combination in ensuring your building is safe in every circumstance.
When is asbestos a hazard?
Asbestos is a hazard to health when fibers from asbestos containing products are damaged or disturbed, become airborne, and are then breathed into the lungs.
Asbestos fibers exposed to the lining of the lungs are known to cause an aggressive form of cancer called mesothelioma. Prognosis for this form of cancer is very poor, and therefore Health Canada has developed a strict set of regulated guidelines for asbestos removal when the risk is present of asbestos fibers becoming airborne, such as during renovations, demolition or following a damaging event such as flooding.
Asbestos products in good condition (not deteriorating or damaged) are likely not releasing airborne fibers. Do not touch or otherwise disturb products suspected of containing asbestos.