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Asbestos Furnace & Duct Cleaning FAQ

What Is Asbestos? 

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.

The Dangers of 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. 

Furnace & Duct Cleaning With Asbestos
See below for more pictures of asbestos in a furnace system.

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. 

Help! I’ve Just Been Told My Heating System Has Asbestos.  

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. 

Pictures of Asbestos in a Furnace System

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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Joseph and his partner cleaned my furnace and dryer vent with absolutely no issues! They were efficient and very clean, and so friendly! I am so glad I went with Alberta Furnace as they were professional and so kind. Would highly recommend them to anyone :)

- Kristyn Mahoney

Recently had my furnace cleaning done. The fellas were great! They called ahead of time so I could put the pup outside, they were polite and quick. When they came inside they wore protective booties so they kept the floors clean. They also fixed my dryer lint trap when cleaning out the dryer!! It was missing a screw so the lint was going where it wasn’t supposed to. They also let me know that having both furnace and a/c, my filters should be changed 2x a year - not something I was ever told by furnace install company who “services” my furnace on a paid plan! So Alberta Furnace probably saved me a lot of money and headache down the road. 10/10 would definitely recommend this company and crew. Will definitely use them again.

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