Asbestos - is it in your home?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber once added to a variety of products to add strength and provide heat insulation and fire resistance.
Exposure to high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of:
- Lung cancer;
- Mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity; and
- Asbestosis, in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue.
When contacting asbestos removal firms, be sure to ascertain that they are properly certified to do the work.
Homeowners can contact the following for information on preventing exposure to asbestos when doing home renovations on an older home:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
On the web site, search for "asbestos".
The online publication Asbestos is also available free in print as part of the About Your House series.
On the website, look for "asbestos" and "vermiculite" in the A-Z index.