Whether you've just moved into a new home and are eager to add your personal touch, or you're a long-time homeowner seeking fresh changes, the prospect of a renovation can be exciting. Similarly, the potential benefits can be appealing if you've invested in a property and plan to renovate it for a return on investment. However, it's essential to take precautions and be informed about the potential presence of asbestos in homes before you begin tearing down walls.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in building materials until the 1990s in Nanaimo, B.C. While it has fire-retardant and insulating properties, it is also extremely hazardous to our health.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious respiratory problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Because the effects of asbestos exposure can take years to develop, it's essential to take precautions when renovating an older home.
If you're planning on renovating your Nanaimo home, it's important to have a professional assess the property for asbestos. While it's possible to identify some asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) visually, many are hidden and require specialized testing. The most common ACMs are found in insulation, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, and roofing materials. It can also be found in vermiculite, pipe wrap and boiler insulation, cement pipe, wallboard and siding, drywall mud/joint filler, roofing shingles, artificial fire logs, gaskets and a wide range of other materials
If asbestos is found in your home, it's important to have it removed by a professional. Attempting to remove asbestos on your own can release fibres into the air, which can be extremely dangerous. A licensed asbestos abatement contractor will be able to remove and dispose of the ACMs safely.