Here in Sydney, any house that was built before 1985 has a pretty good chance of containing asbestos. (However, this date may vary in some places.) This is why it’s important for anyone who is renovating or repairing an older home to realize what risks may be involved. Know what materials were used before you start tearing anything down.
The Health Risks Of Asbestos Exposure
The people who are most in danger of being exposed to asbestos are carpenters and tradespeople. This is because such people are more likely to do the repairs necessary to homes and other buildings that contain this dangerous material. When the fibres are released into the air, danger is imminent. However, this is only when the asbestos is inhaled, ingested, or otherwise gaining entrance into the body.
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to make minor adjustments to the bathroom or adding a whole new room to the house. You need to know the facts of what is in your walls and what they might do to your health. This includes not only your health but the people working on the project and even those who live there.
Where Might Asbestos Be Located In The Home?
It’s true that most residential structures phased out the use of asbestos by the late 1980s, but other places, such as manufacturing plants, may have continued to use materials containing asbestos well beyond that. Even equipment isn’t safe. Such materials can be found both inside and outside of infected areas, and can be in wet or dry environments. The best way to find out whether or not you have asbestos is by having a licensed asbestos removalist Sydney come in and do the necessary testing on any products or materials. Don’t do this on your own. You bring significant danger to your health if you do so.
Making Sure The Asbestos Is Handled Properly
Absolutely do not attempt to handle, touch, remove, or dispose of asbestos on your own. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also illegal.
You should hire a professional asbestos removalist if you are renovating or building and come across asbestos on the property. Attempting anything on your own or without a professional can release very fine fibres into the air that you will inhale without realizing it. Removalists are also good for anything that is in poor condition. Friable asbestos needs a professional with an A class license to remove everything.
Ensuring That Asbestos Is Responsible Disposed Of
Do not leave any materials that have asbestos out laying around, especially if it could be further broken by foot traffic. Once asbestos materials have been disturbed, they must be properly removed and disposed of.