Places where asbestos might be hiding in your home

by | May 7, 2023 | Home and Living

Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral that is durable, and it’s known for its fire-retardant properties. As a result, it was frequently added to common building materials.

By now, most of us are aware that asbestos is a potential carcinogen – that means it can cause cancer if it gets into your body. The good news is that, in most cases, if the material is left undisturbed – sealed behind walls and floorboards, for example – the fibres aren’t floating in the air so, it’s not really something to worry about.

But if you live in an older home and are planning on doing some renovations, you should test for the presence of asbestos first.

Here are some examples of materials that might contain asbestos:

  • Exterior siding
  • Plaster walls
  • Floor tiles
  • Roofing shingles
  • Insulation in the walls
  • Insulation around water pipes and ducts

If you suspect there could be asbestos in your home, you can hire a professional to test for it.

If asbestos is discovered, contact a qualified asbestos removal specialist to remove and dispose of it safely.

Find more information about asbestos on the Health Canada website, canada.ca/healthy-home

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