Calgary properties built before the 1990’s can contain asbestos. If you have concerns about asbestos in your home or business, contact Bob Wallace Excavating for asbestos testing and removal services.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a silicate substance that is woven into various materials for property construction and insulation. Asbestos was used in Candian homes throughout the 1930’s to the late 1980’s. Asbestos is lightweight, resistant to heat and very strong, which made it appear ideal for construction and insulation. The unforeseen downsides to asbestos are the serious health issues that arise with consistent exposure and inhalation.

Asbestos can be damaged or broken down over time by various external contaminants, such as moisture, wind exposure, renovations and fluctuating temperatures. When asbestos breaks down, asbestos particles become airborne and begin to affect the lungs of property residents. Various cancers and breathing issues are linked to asbestos inhalation.

Asbestos Inspection vs. Testing

Inspecting your home or business for signs of asbestos is often the first step in an asbestos removal project. Though asbestos inspections simply discover areas or materials in your home or business that likely contain asbestos. Samples from the inspected areas are then lab tested to determine the actual presence of asbestos.

This process is known as asbestos testing. At Bob Wallace Excavating we can fully inspect your home for potential airborne asbestos as well as asbestos materials and can have the material sampled tested to prove that these materials contain asbestos.

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Benefits Of Asbestos Testing

Positive asbestos test results show your contractor what materials in the home or business contain asbestos as well as what condition the asbestos is in. Testing ensures that the asbestos removal, containment or encapsulation processes to follow will relieve your home or business of the harmful material. Without asbestos testing, the wrong materials may be removed from your property or your property may still contain unknown asbestos. Asbestos testing services from Bob Wallace Excavating have many benefits in regards to ensuring a successful asbestos remediation project.

When To Test For Asbestos

Are you concerned about asbestos in your Calgary home or business?

If you own a property, built prior to the 1990’s and are not 100% certain that asbestos is not present, asbestos testing should be completed. An asbestos test also needs to be conducted before any suspected asbestos materials or substances are removed from your property. Asbestos tests are still not the initial task associated with an asbestos removal project. Asbestos inspections are initially done to find any suspect areas or signs of potential asbestos in the property.


Asbestos Testing & Removal

If your lab tested materials or insulation samples come back positive, asbestos removal process will begin. Areas infected with asbestos are completely sealed off as to not spread the airborne asbestos to other areas of the property or into the surrounding air. The materials are then completely removed. Finally, these asbestos materials are safely disposed of within regulated formats at specified locations. In Calgary, asbestos materials are disposed of, by appotiment in the Shapard Lanfill Industrial area, in double wrapped bags, sealed with polyethene tape or duct tape.

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