What We Did When We Found Asbestos in Our Office

Do you believe you have asbestos in your office? Do you want to know what we did when we found out we did have it in ours? We subjected it to asbestos testing and when we got certain about it, we have the asbestos removed.

Asbestos removal in Vancouver is not that difficult. All you need to do is call a trusted company to perform some tests and when it is determined that you did have asbestos in your building, have it removed.

Basic Steps in Asbestos Testing

Regardless of the type of building, asbestos testing is highly recommended particularly if it is a bit vintage. Old buildings generally used this material for insulation because, during those times, it still wasn’t known to be a health hazard. While the use of asbestos in heat and electrical insulation is still widespread, it’s no longer as popular in modern buildings. But in the past, it was the go-to material for insulation and it’s highly likely that you have it in your building if it’s built from a couple of decades ago.

If you want to do it yourself, the best thing that you can do is to collect some samples and send it to government authorized testing centers.

Step 1—Identify probable asbestos contamination

While the wall and the floor tiling are the usual suspects, there are other areas that you need to consider as well. If your room has some extensive duct work, it’s highly likely that it has asbestos in it. If you have radiators and heating system in your home, it’s highly likely that it has asbestos. If you have some traditional wiring circuits installed, it’s a good idea to assume it has asbestos in it.

Step 2—Prepare for misting

Equip yourself with mask and plastic gloves. Avoid vacuuming the area before testing because it will defeat the purpose. Make sure to turn off ventilation, heating or cooling system before getting some samples. Spread a plastic sheet on the floor and fill a spraying bottle with water.

Step 3—Mist the area

Spray the area with water repeatedly, ensuring that all the parts of the room have been misted. The mist will ensure that suspended dust particles will settle down to the plastic sheet. Cut a portion of the plastic sheet because this is your sample.

Step 4—Place the sample in a bag

Place the sample in a bag and label it properly. Place your ID number if you have one or any other thing that will properly identify your ownership of the property. Include the date and time of collection of sample.

Step 5—Send the sample

Send the sample to an EPA-accredited asbestos testing laboratory in your area. Stay away from the area until you have the results.

Some words of warning though: asbestos is highly dangerous and inhaling its dust can cause cancer. Areas that are likely to have this material are the floor and wall tiling and roofing shingles. If you’re not up to the task, better call those who are certified to do it.