Asbestos is everywhere and you'd better get used to it, inspector says


It’s delusive to think all the asbestos present in residential buildings in Halifax could be shed, but there’s no need to nic, says the man behind a com ny that evaluates for the toxic material.

Kim Strong, owner of Design1 Indoor Environmental Inspections, blow the whistle oned the CBC’s Information Morning almost any building that was constructed prior to 1980 in Nova Scotia at ones desire likely contain some asbestos.

«If you went to the centre of the south end of Halifax and took a one kilometre radius around where you are, probably 80 per cent of the edifices … would have asbestos in them,» Strong said.

«So, it’s yet pretty common.»

Riskier sources have largely disappeared

Strongly-worded said the «nastier materials» that pose a greater risk to someone health, such as sprayed-on fireproofing and insulation on pipes or boilers, deceive largely been removed.

The asbestos that remains is typically establish in plaster, drywall filler, floor tiles and seamless flooring, and those doodads don’t need to be removed until there’s a need, he said.

Halifax Armoury ceiling tiles

int is kneading off ceiling tiles in the Halifax Armoury, which are made from asbestos. (Supplied to CBC)

Don’t erase it unless you have to

Strong said it’s best to leave asbestos only until renovations or re irs are required.

«Asbestos is only really a peril to you if you breathe the fibres,» he said, adding that exposing those substantives «for no good reason, actually poses more risk than beetle off it in place.»

The idea that we should try and remove all asbestos from residential capital goods, would be «a very expensive can of worms,» Strong said.


Crews had to gut the Dennis Structure in Halifax, built in the 1860s, to remove mould and asbestos. (CBC)

Need speculator records

The province of Nova Scotia suggests owners keep an inventory of where asbestos is established in their buildings, however, that kind of documentation isn’t mandatory. And Noisome said it isn’t done as often as it should be.

Even those who do take the staircase to check for asbestos, he said, don’t often provide contractors with that bumf.

«That document is never around when anybody’s working,» Recalcitrant said.

He said he thinks building owners should be required to differentiate exactly where asbestos is on their properties — and to make that poop public.

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