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What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral typically chrysotile, that is heat resistant, has good tensile strength and is resistant to chemical erosion. Due to this, it is commonly used in fire-retardant and insulating materials and was a popular building material from the 1950’s to 1990’s.
What is the danger with asbestos?
WorkSafeBC describes asbestos as the hidden killer because without the proper analysis, it’s difficult to determine its presence. Asbestos fibers are very fine and can remain airborne for hours. Exposure is the real issue. If not handled correctly, workers are in danger of inhaling asbestos-contaminated air. If someone is exposed to asbestos, serious chronic health problems can occur. These diseases will not affect you immediately, as they often take a long time to develop. Long periods of exposure to asbestos can cause the following diseases:
Asbestos-related lung cancer
Where would I find asbestos in my home?
These are some of the common places that asbestos can be found in a home:
Spray applied fireproofing insulation
Drywall mudding compound
Asbestos cement board and tiles
Asbestos cement pipes
Textured decorative coating
Can I be in the house while asbestos is being removed?
Yes, you certainly can. All air will be filtered through specialized machines and vented to the outside. However, if the dwelling is small with no entrance through the back, we may be blocking off access to the utilities and it may be more comfortable for you to leave for the day.
What is the danger with mould?
The issue with mould is that it affects everyone differently. Two people with the same level of exposure may have different reactions. Exposure to mould can lead to the following health issues: eye, nose and throat irritation; coughing and phlegm build up; flu-like symptoms; wheezing and shortness of breath; respiratory problems; allergies; worsening asthma symptoms for people who already have it.
What causes mould?
In order for mould to grow it needs to have a proper living condition which consists of three factors: (1) an organic food source, (2) moisture and (3) humidity.
How do I prevent further mould growth?
In order to prevent further mould growth you need to remove one of the three necessary elements required to sustain proper living conditions.
How do I know if I have vermiculite in my attic?
A quick way to tell is if it look like cat litter you should have it tested. In some cases, vermiculite may be hidden underneath other forms of insulation such as, fiberglass or cellulose.