To understand the value of asbestos diagnosis, we need to know the dangers of asbestos. This material was widely used in the construction and renovation industry between 1950 and 1980 before being banned in 2018 because of its adverse health effects. Indeed, according to health experts, being exposed to asbestos fibres promotes the development of chronic lung diseases such as asbestosis. These fibres are very harmful to the respiratory system and cause the development of many cancers.
Thus, asbestos diagnosis is a technical examination that any owner must carry out before introducing his property into the real estate market. Most buildings, whether commercial or residential, can contain asbestos. And the chances of asbestos exposure increase sharply when it comes tobuildings built before 1990.
In the context of a sale or lease of a commercial building, the legal framework is strict. The last regulation adopted in June 2013 provides for inspection conditions in older buildings and materials to be examined. While the regulatory framework is more flexible for a residential building, it does not exempt the owner from making such a diagnosis to prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos dust.
Samples of insulation materials in specific areas must be carried out by a professional recognized by the Centre of Expertise in Environmental Analysis of Quebec (CEAEQ) using the IRSST 244 method or equivalent, which attests to his skills as a diagnosticator. It is carried out on all the cladding of a dwelling whether it is a house
There are several factors that can lead to indoor air pollution. Humidity, cigarette smoke, gas leakage are among the most well-known causes. But there are other more dangerous substances that may be present in the air.
If you rent an old house, vermiculite may have been used in insulation work. This material, which has undeniable insulating powers, is nevertheless harmful to health. Recent studies have shown that it contains asbestos, an element that is classified as carcinogenic. By conducting an air test, you can avoid the health risks caused by asbestos in vermiculite.
You should know that a wide variety of biological materials can pollute indoor air. Apart from mold, which is often apparent, an air test can detect the infestation of mites, cockroaches or rodents in your home. In addition to causing material damage, urine and feces are among the allergens. In other words, they are the source of respiratory discomfort.
Air quality analysis can detect radon that is suspended in the air. Although this gas is odourless, it is extremely dangerous to health. Studies have found that radon exposure is one of the leading causes of lung cancer. This substance is usually present in the basement, but can seep into the entire dwelling.
Other particles such as carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide can also pollute indoor air. In general, these gases are produced by different heaters such as radiators, chimneys or heated stoves.
It is important to note that several chemical pollutants such as bisphenols, benzene or formaldehyde are also present in paints, perfumes, floor coverings or glues…
The air test is a step that should not be overlooked even if there are no apparent problems in your home. To ensure the air quality in the living rooms, you can contact a professional at any time to do the tests and decontaminate the premises if needed.
At Decontamination ExpertsTM, we work hard to ensure an adequate and safe environment for your family’s health. Our work is carried out by APCHQ. In addition, an independent laboratory analyzes the air after our decontamination work. This will ensure that all traces of asbestos or mold are gone.