If your home was built before the 1990’s, it will likely contain asbestos as asbestos was extensively used in construction during that time. While asbestos is now more regulated, newer homes may also contain asbestos. Asbestos can be found in flooring, walls, ceiling, insulation, plumbing, wiring, light fixtures and more.
Asbestos Kills. Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres that go deep into your lungs, causing breathing problems in the short term and deadly cancer in the long term.
Renovations release asbestos into the air and puts everyone at risk: you, your kids, your building contractor, the trucker who hauls away your construction waste and the worker at the waste facility who handles it.
The only safe way to deal with asbestos is to have your house tested and then get a reputable asbestos removal company to dispose of it. The cost of these services is a small price to pay when buying or renovating a house to protect everyone you care about and many you have never met.
For more information visit the WorkSafe BC Asbestos for Homeowners page.