During the early 1950s to the late 1970s, asbestos was an important construction material for residential and commercial properties in Australia due to its low-cost and durability. In the 1980s, the use of asbestos started to lessen as new types of more robust and cost-saving construction materials were developed.
By December 2003, all asbestos-containing materials were banned throughout Australia due to it being detrimental to health. However, remnants of asbestos are still discovered in some Australian households today.
If your house was built or renovated before or during the 1980s, there is a strong likelihood that your house contains asbestos. During that time, asbestos-containing materials were floor tiles, pipe cement, walls and roofs. Most bitumen roofing and flat corrugated roofing contain white asbestos. This type of asbestos is one of the least dangerous types, but it is still capable of being a health hazard.
Another area in your home that may be contaminated with asbestos is the flooring. If your vinyl floor tiles were produced before the 80s, it is likely that they do contain asbestos. Besides floor tiles, insulation for pipefittings and old ceilings are also places which may harbour asbestos.
An Asbestos-Contaminated Home
If you believe that your home has asbestos-containing materials, the best thing to do is to leave them alone and contact an asbestos removal and disposal professional. If you are cleaning your home, you should avoid cleaning asbestos-contaminated materials to prevent health risks.
For instance, scrubbing asbestos-cement or dismantling asbestos materials can release asbestos fibres into the air. This could lead to serious health conditions.
Health Risks of Asbestos
Frequent or long-term exposure to asbestos can lead to severe health complications in the lungs. Asbestos fibres can become difficult to remove in the lung lining and abdominal cavity lining. This can cause damage and inflammation that may lead to severe diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Call a Professional Asbestos Remover
To avoid these dangers, you should hire a professional asbestos remover to properly dispose of asbestos materials from your home. An asbestos remover who has proper accreditation to conduct asbestos removal work has the appropriate tools, such as respirators and a HEPA vacuum, to keep your home free from asbestos-containing materials.
After the asbestos professionals remove all asbestos-containing materials from your home, they should conduct air samples to ensure that asbestos fibres were not released during the disposal process. Finding a reputable asbestos removal company ensures that the job is done safely and properly, giving you peace of mind that your house is asbestos free and that there are no traces of it in the air.
EOSH Consulting is one of the leading providers of integrated asbestos risk management solutions in Perth. Our management has over thirty-five years of combined experience in managing the most taxing asbestos projects in the world. We are a Western Australian licensed asbestos removal company that has a team of professional removalists that can handle any asbestos-containing materials.
To inquire about our expert asbestos removal service, call 08 9288 1831.