Lately I have come across the dilemma of what to do about asbestos .. is it in the home you are Selling or Buying according to Alive magazine ..here is some interesting info you may find helpful .
What is it used for ?
“From the 1930s to 1990 there was widespread use of asbestos in house-building materials in Canada. Today asbestos can be found in insulation board, shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, and certain types of cement.
When does it pose a health threat?
Asbestos is believed to pose little risk when encapsulated in housing materials that are in good condition, and is only considered a health hazard when its fibres are present in the air.
According to Health Canada, health risks caused by asbestos depend on the
- concentration of fibres in the air
- length of exposure time
- frequency of exposure
- size of fibres inhaled
- amount of time since first exposure
When inhaled in large quantities or over a long period of time, the fibres present in the air accumulate in the lungs, causing irritation and inflammation that can reduce lung function and cause serious forms of cancer.
Dangerous DIY home repairs
Another major source of asbestos exposure is building materials uncovered by home renovations. Most housing materials containing asbestos do not pose health risks, provided the materials are in good condition. If you discover asbestos-containing materials in your home, it is often best to leave them intact and undisturbed.
So with this being said , the new policy of the City of Calgary is if you are Selling or Buying a home in the vintage between 1930-80 , you must have it tested for Asbestos by a certified specialist . The cost for this test is about $800 +GST , but well worth it.. you do not want any surprises . This info is then presented to an abatement certified contrator to goive you a quote on the safe removal of asbestos found in your home .. for more info on this topic ;