Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Meaning it is a known cause of cancer in the human body. It has been proven that it causes the following health risks:
- Asbestosis – the scarring of the lungs which makes it difficult to breath.
- Mesothelioma – a rare cancer of the chest cavity.
- Lung cancer- smoking greatly increases the risks from asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is found in various building materials that were manufactured before 1990. After that time, it was illegal to use asbestos in these products. These products included plaster, floor and some ceiling tiles, shingles, paint, caulking and spackling. It was used in many more products, but these are the most common products in your home. It has been also used as an insulation for pipes, and hot water tanks and as a fire retardant material in places of high heat and flame exposure.
If you think you have asbestos in your home and want to ensure you and your family are safe from the effects of asbestos, you should have the materials of concern tested by a professional testing company. That is where Air Quality Testing comes in. With over 15 years in the environmental testing field, our professionals have the knowledge, education and tools to ensure you know exactly what is in your home.
Air Quality Testing has locations throughout Ontario and Quebec so there is a professional nearby that can provide these services to you.