Asbestos testing

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that was commonly used in construction for fire-resistant and insulating materials. Each fibre is composed of microscopic fibrils that can be released into the air if disturbed. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can lead to dangerous lung conditions such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancer.

Asbestos can be found in building materials such as:

  • Insulation
  • Cement
  • Plaster
  • Drywall Mud (including textured walls/ceilings)
  • Siding
  • Flooring
  • Roofing
  • Ceiling Tile
  • Ventilation
  • Metal Sinks

Asbestos fibres can be released into the air during renovation and remodelling activities such as:

  • Drilling
  • Cutting
  • Sawing
  • Sanding
  • Scraping
  • Breaking
  • Demolition

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations in B.C require hazardous materials such as asbestos to be identified prior to any work or demolition of a structure. In order to successfully carry out municipal building inspections an owner or contractor must produce documentation proving that a qualified professional conducted a job site analysis and performed appropriate hazardous material assessments.

It is uncommon, however still possible, to find asbestos-containing materials in homes and buildings established after 1990. If you have seen signs of damaged material that could potentially contain asbestos or other hazardous components, or you are planning a renovation or remodel that will require the disturbance of any of the above-mentioned building materials, contact a qualified professional first to perform proper testing and provide you with the necessary resources to safely carry out your project. Do not attempt to remove or repair the affected area(s) yourself.