Why Asbestos Testing and Home Inspections Go Hand-in-Hand

Any real estate agent will tell you that scheduling a home inspection is a good idea before signing on the dotted line and finalizing a sale. Certified home inspectors can provide insight into the condition of key areas like foundations or roofing but they don’t look for hazardous materials like asbestos.

In the past, asbestos was a common material to find inside homes, businesses and even on movie sets. Since then, we have discovered just how dangerous it can be. For health, safety and peace of mind it is important to know whether or not there is asbestos in your home. If you are looking to purchase a new house asbestos testing should be scheduled alongside a standard home inspection.

What Makes Asbestos So Dangerous?

Asbestos was a popular building material in homes and storefronts for decades. It was one of the most popular materials to use for insulation and fireproofing across Canada. When bonded, intact and left alone, asbestos is not a threat but as soon as it is disturbed, it becomes a major health hazard. Use of asbestos was popular in houses in commercial properties in Alberta as recently as the 1990s.

When disturbed, asbestos fibres are released into the air. These fibres are small, sharp and when inhaled can damage the lungs, leading to mesothelioma and lung cancer. Airborne fibres don’t stick to one room but will spread to the surrounding areas as well. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos but prolonged exposure has the highest risk of serious side effects.

The Most Common Reasons for Asbestos Inspection Services

There is never a bad time to schedule an Alberta asbestos inspection but the most common reasons to book a service is when buying, selling or renovating a home.

For Buyers: Purchasing a home is a big investment. No one wants to finalize a sale only to find out that they are dealing with dangerous materials. It is always a good idea to schedule a pre-purchase home inspection but the average home inspector in Calgary is not trained in detecting the presence of asbestos.

For Sellers: The presence of asbestos can be a major red flag for potential buyers. Being able to offer up an inspection report can help to give potential buyers peace of mind and/or an asbestos removal can help to sell a home or avoid having to lower the sale price.

For Renovations: If you are hoping to update your living space, it is important to know whether or not you are dealing with asbestos before removing flooring, ceiling tiles or walls. It is common for asbestos to be disturbed during a renovation project and this is a serious health risk, even with a mask on.

The most common places to find asbestos are:

  • Walls 
  • Roofs
  • Insulation
  • Pipes
  • Flooring underlays
  • Fillers and sealants

Asbestos Inspections: Book With Prospections For Peace of Mind

It is easy to assume that home inspection services would include asbestos testing but this isn’t often the case. Detecting asbestos requires speciality training, a keen eye and in most cases, years of experience. Luckily, Prospections fits the bill! Our team of highly trained experts will check ceiling tiles, behind walls, duct work and other areas for the presence of asbestos.

If our technicians spy potential problem areas, they will collect samples and send them for testing by qualified professionals using state-of-the-art equipment. This type of testing uses microscopes to determine what type of asbestos you are dealing with. This provides valuable information in regard to removal or containment issues.

Why Asbestos Testing and Home Inspections Go Hand-in-Hand