Where can you find asbestos?

At Astra Restorations, based out of Calgary, Alberta and serving also the surrounding area, we have an intimate knowledge of the dangers, asbestos in the home and workplace poses to you, your family, and your employees. Though asbestos has been commonly used in building materials and in the items we use every day, it is an extremely dangerous substance. The fibres of asbestos, when dislodged, lodge in the lungs, causing life threatening illnesses.

Since the 1980s, when the dangers of asbestos became known, asbestos has been increasingly legislated against. By 2018, the Canadian government will have outlawed the use, importation, and exportation of any asbestos material. While use of asbestos declined decades ago, the material can still commonly be found in homes, workplaces, and appliances built prior to 1984.

Asbestos commonly exists in the building materials of homes and workplaces. Individuals live and work around these materials daily, unaware of the dangers these materials pose. People may also be in contact with asbestos through the household items they use every day. These building materials and household items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Exterior building materials (e.g., siding, roofing panels, and stucco)
  • Drywall, plaster, and joint compound
  • Insulation materials
  • Flooring
  • Vinyl sheets
  • Textured walls and ceilings (e.g., “popcorn ceilings”)
  • Insulation for pipes, heaters, hot water cylinders, ducts, and floors
  • Vehicle brakes and clutches
  • Textiles
  • Ironing boards
  • Items used for heat protection (e.g., oven gloves and heat pads for kitchen pots)

Remember, if you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, do not disturb it. Disturbing asbestos will dislodge fibres, creating an increased risk to your health. Only a trained individual should handle this material. They alone will have the tools, safety equipment, and safety protocols to do this work safely and effectively.

At Astra Restorations, we have the expertise and experience to make your home safe and remove asbestos.



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ASTRA Construction Management strictly follows guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC). We are proud members of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating, and we hold COR safety certificate.

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