Asbestos Testing

Asbestos Testing

Whether you are considering renovations in a home or other property, seeking a demolition permit, or just looking for piece of mind, Ithaca Health can help provide you with fast, accurate, and affordable asbestos testing.

Our asbestos testing service compares the materials in your home or office to a list of items suspected to contain asbestos. We will take samples of the items which meet those criteria to an accredited laboratory for analysis of their asbestos content. Finally, you will receive a written report detailing the methods used, the items assessed, and the results of the laboratory asbestos testing.

Before you begin a project, contact us for more information on our asbestos testing service.

History of Asbestos

Chosen for its heat and fire resistant properties, Asbestos was used in many of our construction and building materials in Canada from the 1920s on. In the 1960s to 1980s, its use increased dramatically, and it became common in our residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

However, we began to see evidence that exposure to asbestos fibers was deadly, although this evidence was covered up by asbestos mining companies and manufacturers of asbestos products. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the link between asbestos and diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis were widely, publicly recognized, resulting in the gradual phasing out of this mineral and the ban on manufacturing asbestos-containing products in 1979. However, builders continued to use asbestos-containing products continued to be used in construction into the early 1990s. Canada finally banned the import of asbestos-containing materials in 2018.

What should asbestos testin include?

Among other things, asbestos testing may reveal asbestos in:

  • Drywall
  • Textured or “Popcorn” ceilings
  • Adhesives
  • Cement
  • Construction mastics & sealants
  • Duct connectors
  • Electrical components
  • Fireproofing
  • Insulation
  • Plastics
  • Tiles
  • Vinyl products

You can find Alberta Health Services’ guidelines on asbestos testing and removal here.