Asbestos is a toxic mineral and was used in building materials from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. If your home was constructed during that time, it is possible that asbestos has been used in insulation or in insulative tape (as seen below). If your ductwork has white tape on it, it is almost guaranteed to contain asbestos.
Asbestos containing products that have not been distrubed and are still in good condition are not a direct health hazard. These products become a potential health hazard when they are disturbed and fibres are released.
If your system contains asbestos, we are unable to safely clean your furnace until the asbestos is removed. This is because our equipment puts pressure on your heating system during the cleaning which may disturb asbestos containing products. Due to this possibility, we have a zero tolerance policy for asbestos to protect your health and safety and the health and safety of our technicians.
First of all, don’t panic. Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is friable (easily crumbles and releases fibers) and disturbed. This is why we don’t complete your furnace and duct cleaning if asbestos is present. Asbestos must be properly contained and/or disposed of according to government regulations. Our staff are not qualified asbestos abatement and removal personnel, and therefore cannot do this for you. We can help point you in the right direction of professionals who can help.
Contact us for a local asbestos abatement referral. Once the concerned area has been investigated and/or the asbestos removed, you can book your furnace and duct cleaning online or call us to schedule your cleaning.
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