The Dangers of Asbestos and How to Eliminate Them
For decades, asbestos was used as a cheap and effective means of insulating a home. In the 1970s, a conclusive link was established between asbestos and mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that can infect the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Since 1990, asbestos has been outlawed in Australian homes, but it continues to pose a threat to citizens from coast to coast. If you are a home owner, property investor, or renovator, it is vital to ensure that your properties are asbestos-free.
The Dangers of Asbestos
The moment asbestos-based insulation is disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibres enter the airstream. When inhaled, asbestos fibres can cause pleural plaques on the lung, asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. All of these conditions pose the risk of lifelong disability or even death. Any property containing asbestos products represents an extreme threat to the health of the homeowner, the resident, and to construction workers alike.
Where Asbestos Can Be Found
Because asbestos was so widely used in the past, it is both commonplace and extremely hard to track down. In older homes, firmly bound asbestos is typically found in cement cladding, weatherboards, cement roofing, flue pipes, textured paint, and vinyl floor tiles. Loosely bound asbestos lurks in the insulation of hot water pipes, domestic heaters, ceilings, and stoves.
In general, if a home was built before 1990, it is possible that that the home may contain traces of asbestos. If the home was built before 1980, it is highly likely that asbestos is present in hazardous quantities.
Why Professional Help is Necessary
By attempting to remove asbestos materials yourself, you run the risk of complicating the problem. If the home isn’t thoroughly inspected, it’s possible that traces of asbestos will remain. Even worse: an unprofessional removal job will cause more asbestos fibres to be released into the air. It is vital to contact an asbestos removal service with the expertise necessary to clear your home of hazardous materials.
Asbestos doesn’t need to be a death sentence for your property. At Coastal Building Projects, we bring decades of experience to the table. We know where to look for asbestos, how to remove it, and we always take the proper precautions to ensure that your home is completely free of contaminants. Your safety is our objective. In any home, nothing is more vital than clean, healthy, breathable air. If you are a property owner in the Sunshine Coast area, contact us for a free assessment. We always go the extra mile so that our clients can breathe easy.