Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fibre mined and imported to Australia that was popular due to its strength, flexibility, light weight, and affordability. However once asbestos is broken, sharp fibres can be released into the air. These fibres can be inhaled causing chronic respiratory issues only revealing themselves decades after inhalation. Because of this asbestos was completely banned within Australia in 2003 with bans starting to take place in the mid-1980’s.
Unfortunately there is a lot of asbestos still in structures today, asbestos was used primarily in flooring, walling and roofing. If your home, school or business was built before the mid-1980’s chances are high that it contains some form of asbestos. Because of this it is important to know how to identify, remove and dispose of it safely and legally, however their is one rule simple rule everyone should follow when dealing with asbestos.
Let The Professionals Handle it.
Because broken asbestos can so easily become airborne it can be very difficult to contain and deal with safely, that’s why it is best left to the professionals. If you suspect there to be asbestos in your home or business you can call a asbestos professional to come take samples safely and securely to test, Asbestos Testing Mandurah, they will then take them to a NATA accredited laboratory, these tests can usually be completed within 24 hours though more samples may require more time. After testing they can explain the options to make the asbestos safe depending on the location, condition and your price range.
There are many different options to dealing with asbestos some include:
Encapsulating the asbestos means to cover it with a special paint that seals the asbestos from getting damaged and getting released into the air, this method is popular on roofs and as a bonus can make your roof look like new again!
Enclosing the asbestos means to surround the asbestos in a airtight container to stop any fibres from being released outside of the container, this is however only a temporary measure. This is best for asbestos that has been damaged in your home, enclosing the asbestos will keep your family safe while you consider how to further deal with it.
Removal is the best long term option for dealing with asbestos, it involves removing the asbestos completely from your property and disposing of it in a environmentally friendly way.
All of these options can ensure you keep yourself, your family and the general public safe from inhaling asbestos. It is highly recommended that you hire a professional to undertake any work dealing with asbestos, in some states it’s not illegal to remove some asbestos yourself under safe conditions but in many states there are rules and regulations when it comes to the removal, encapsulation and disposing of asbestos as it can be a public health risk.
For example in VIC (Victoria) it is illegal to remove asbestos if:
- The asbestos if Friable
- It exceeds 10 square metres
- If the time of removal takes more then 1 hour over 7 days
- If you do not safely package it according to your local dumps packaging asbestos laws
When the removal is complete you must also ensure that you remove the asbestos from your property as soon as reasonably practical. There are many other rules and regulations to follow to learn more go to http://www.asbestos.vic.gov.au/builders-and-trades/asbestos-removalists/unlicensed-asbestos-removal
But of course the simple rule for asbestos is to leave it to the professionals, Asbestos Removal Mandurah, as they are fully trained and licensed to remove and dispose of it safely, promptly and securely with minimal hassle for you.