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Effective Asbestos Analysis for Vancouver Properties

BC Hazmat Inspections provides hazmat inspections and analytical lab services for hazardous materials such as mould, lead and asbestos—a hazardous material when breathed in. Asbestos testing in Surrey and Vancouver is very important for home and business owners with older buildings. Asbestos was formerly widely used in building materials and, if released in the air, its particles can lead to serious health issues. If you need testing, our mobile team will make it to you. For over 10 years, we have been providing our customers with asbestos and mould testing services. Our residential and industrial clients trust us for our quality workmanship. We have in-house laboratory to reduce the turnaround time required in technical analysis. Count on us when in need of asbestos analysis in Surrey.

Our in-house lab is staffed by NIOSH certified technicians. Our laboratory offers you the benefit of having samples analyzed quickly and efficiently. Our AHERA certified team is continually expanding the scope of our operations to suit the complex needs of our clients. Our team believes in maintaining the highest standards of the industry, providing you with services that are professional and efficient.

What is Asbestos

Asbestos is a group of natural mineral fibres found in rocks. There are several types of fibres that are long, thin, flexible, strong and durable. Asbestos is a heat and fire-resistant substance that was used as an insulator prior to the 1990s in various consumer, industrial, automotive and construction products. Its usage ceased after it was found linked to adverse health effects.

 

Where Can Asbestos Be Found?

Asbestos was used in all kinds of buildings in the 1990s. Its heat and fire-resistant qualities made it a popular choice for both commercial and residential spaces. As a result, it's now very common to find the presence of asbestos in homes and commercial buildings alike. We regularly conduct asbestos testing for homes, offices, warehouses, retail stores, etc. in Vancouver, Surrey, and other areas of the Lower Mainland.

Homes, cars, schools and many other places can find asbestos inside certain materials if they were built before 1990. If you live in an older home, it’s likely you can find asbestos in:

  • Crawlspaces and basement floors
  • Ducting
  • Electrical wiring
  • Fireplaces
  • Flooring
  • Furnaces 
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing and siding
  • Wall and ceiling tiles

 

Tubes and pipes may be wrapped in asbestos, and vinyl tiles used in flooring, ceilings and walls may contain asbestos. Shingles and siding may be made of asbestos mixed with other materials, and the artificial logs in your fireplace could have been manufactured using asbestos.

If you’re residing or working in an older building, undergoing asbestos testing is highly recommended. Contact us to know more about how we can help

 

The Risks of Asbestos Exposure

When disturbed, asbestos releases toxic fibres in the air that are extremely harmful if inhaled. Both long-term and short-term exposure to asbestos fibres is damaging to your physical health. The two worst kinds of exposures, however, are when people are exposed to an intense concentration of it and when they're exposed to it for an extended period. Once the toxic fibres enter your body, and there is no way to flush them out - they cause damage that cannot be reversed. Not only do they cause a host of lung problems including genetic damage, but there is also a type of cancer linked primarily to asbestos exposure. Worse still, the effects of asbestos show up decades after exposure, building up over time. Some health problems that are caused by asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural thickening
  • Pleural effusions
  • Pleural plaques
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

If you suspect asbestos is present in your home or workplace, you need a qualified asbestos professional to complete an asbestos test. Similarly, before you renovate your home or demolish an old industrial building, it’s very important that you get asbestos testing. This will protect you and any workers from potentially being exposed to asbestos. If asbestos is found, to reduce the potential for injury or disease, you need to eliminate the source of asbestos exposure through abatement.

Do you have any questions regarding our asbestos testing services? Are you concerned about having asbestos on your property? Send us your comments or queries and we will get back to you. Alternatively, you can call us at 604-593-8275.

 

Contact OUR Professionals TODAY

Our asbestos testing process is fairly quick because we have an in-house lab staffed by NIOSH certified technicians. A qualified team member will inspect your house or office, take samples and have the samples analyzed at our facility. Our lab technicians will prepare a report of those samples, which will be given to you after a quick turnaround. To book an appointment for asbestos testing in Surry or Vancouver and to ask any questions you may have, contact the experts at BC Hazmat Inspections.

Take the first step to an asbestos-free home

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BC Hazmat Inspections

#220 - 19358 96th Ave.

Surrey, BC

V4N 4C5

Phone: 604-593-8275

Email: info@bchazmatinspections.ca

Service Area

Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Langley

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Sunday Closed

Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Saturday Closed

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