As you are probably aware, the use of asbestos in Australia is prohibited, and has been for more than 20 years, as this naturally-found substance causes serious respiratory disease, including lung cancer and asbestosis. Despite the nationwide ban, asbestos is present in many thousands of buildings in Australia (structures built pre-1980 are high risk) and there is a huge asbestos removal industry to combat this.
If, for example, a homeowner wishes to carry out some renovations to their property, rather than getting on with the work, they are advised to first make contact with a specialist firm that deals with asbestos removal, as they have both the know-how and equipment to test and remove any traces of this harmful substance.
How is Asbestos Dangerous?
If, for example, you discovered a panel in your home that is made from asbestos, there is no immediate danger to you or your family. If the asbestos is not disturbed, it is perfectly safe, but in the event you start to remove the material, tiny slivers of asbestos become airborne, and should you inhale these slivers, this could be the start of respiratory issues. Even if you do inhale some asbestos, you might not show any symptoms for years, as the substance can remain dormant in your lungs until such time as the symptoms arise. Asbestos is, therefore, a silent killer and you simply cannot afford to take any chances, and if you suspect your home might contain asbestos, call in the specialists before doing anything.
One of the reasons why asbestos was a very popular building material is its resistance to fire, and asbestos was combined with other materials and pressed into sheets, which could be cut and used for partition walls or ceilings. This means that asbestos might not be evident, so if you are planning a renovation project at home, you are strongly advised to have the property tested for the presence of asbestos.
Protective Clothing & Equipment
When the asbestos removal experts arrive at a property, they are equipped with everything they need to a) test for the presence of asbestos, and b) safe removal of the material. Special breathing apparatus is worn, plus the technicians use a powerful vacuum to suck up any slivers of asbestos, ensuring there are no particles remaining.
Don’t take any chances with asbestos, rather call in the experts if you suspect this harmful material is present in your property and the team can safely remove all traces of the material.