Asbestos Inspection Services
Based in Montreal, Air-Labs provides asbestos inspection services to the residents of Southern Quebec. Our certified asbestos inspectors have been carrying out analysis for over 15 years, helping homeowners and property managers protect themselves from serious air quality problems.
We're proud to be making Canadian homes safer. If you think asbestos could be hiding in your home, get in touch with Air-Labs today! Our inspection services include:
- Airborne sampling for asbestos fibers
- Piping insulation
- Vermiculite insulation
- Wall, ceiling and floor tile analysis
What Is Asbestos And Why Should I Be Worried About It?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of fibrous minerals that can be mined from the soil. Because of its high levels of heat resistance and electrical insulation, it was a common building material throughout the 20th century, when it was used to insulate walls, floors, and roofs.
However, asbestos is now known to post a significant health risk. Inhaling the fibers has been linked to severe respiratory conditions, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. This is a type of cancer that affects the lungs or digestive system.
Once asbestos fibers have entered your lungs, this is irreversible - so if you suspect your home could be harboring a problem, don't wait for it to worsen. Get in touch with us at Air-Labs as soon as you can!
Our certified asbestos inspectors will be able to assess your air for these fibers. Not only that, but we'll also support your family throughout the testing process and advise you on the best steps to take if we do find asbestos in your home.
Is My Home At Risk?
Did you know that most homes built before the mid-1980s are thought to contain asbestos? Its use has been severely limited in Canada since the '80s and was banned entirely in 2018. No government measures have been taken to remove the material that's already in homes.
If your family lives in a house that was built before the 1980s, it can be worrying to think that it could contain such a dangerous health hazard. That's where we come in. At Air-Labs, we have over 15 years' experience of providing certified asbestos home inspection services - so you can be sure that if you have a problem, we'll be able to find it.
When Should I Test For Asbestos?
You should always call a certified asbestos inspector if:
- You are purchasing a new house
- You want to knock down a wall or other part of your home that could contain asbestos
- You start to experience breathing problems when you're in your house, with no known medical reason
Getting asbestos removed can be a disruptive process. If you're looking to buy a new house, always enlist an inspector before making an offer. Our team at Air-Labs will be able to tell you if the house has asbestos and whether it's in good or bad condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Air Labs provides asbestos inspections upon request. We provide a bulk sampling of walls, tiles, insulation and other materials that will detail what percentage of the material contains asbestos fibers. We also provide air quality inspections to screen for airborne asbestos fibers post abatement or pre-purchase.
Asbestos fibers can stay airborne for several days. However, if there were insufficient precautions taken during a renovation project, settled asbestos fibers can be redistributed randomly into the air simply by walking around or other disturbances.
Older buildings have very likely been built using asbestos as a fire retardant. Now that asbestos has been identified as a major health risk we must pay close attention decaying materials, water damaged structure to ensure dangerous asbestos fibers don’t become released into the air, causing a health hazard.
Before any important demolition or renovation: ensure the construction materials do not contain asbestos, or suffer the risk of inhaling toxic asbestos fibers. We can sample a discreet section of the wall for analysis.
Decontamination is expensive and time consuming, test for asbestos as a precaution before selling or buying a home to ensure a real estate transaction free of hidden defects.
Refurbishing an indoor space requires the aggressive demolition of certain portions of the building. If any of these materials contain asbestos it will create a health hazard as asbestos fibers are released into the air. It is recommended to sample portions of the material beforehand to be aware of any potential asbestos in the materials so proper procedures can be employed.