Is Asbestos Ever Safe to Leave in a Property?
Asbestos was once prized for its versatility, having been used in a wide variety of applications in homes, including the manufacture of paints, floor tiles, cement, roof shingles, insulation and sidings. Asbestos-containing materials were widely used in Australia from the ‘80s well up to 1990 when authorities from around the world began banning the use of these when it was discovered that exposure to asbestos fibres led to diseases like pleural plaques, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
If you live in a home built between the ‘80s and ‘90s and you are planning to rebuild or repair it, one key concern that you may have is the possible presence of asbestos in your home. You might be concerned about the possibility of exposing your family to a serious health risk.
If you discover that there are asbestos-containing materials in your home, do not immediately panic. Most of the people who succumbed to the diseases mentioned above contracted these after years of exposure to asbestos fibres.
The first thing that you need to do is to ascertain whether asbestos is indeed present in your home by hiring experts to conduct a test for you. If the test yields a positive result, you will need to decide whether to remove asbestos materials from your home or simply let them remain. Is asbestos ever safe to leave in a property?
In order to better answer the question, there are a few critical factors that you will need to consider and take into account.
If you are planning on remodelling your home and the asbestos-containing material is likely to be disturbed, or if the material is already deteriorating, the best course of action is to have the material removed, preferably by qualified professionals. Although Australians are allowed by law to remove asbestos-containing materials from their homes, it is highly recommended that you hire professional asbestos removal experts to perform this difficult task, not only to ensure that it is done correctly, but also for convenience.
On the other hand, if the asbestos-containing material is in good shape and is located in an area in your home that is inaccessible, you can elect to keep the material inside your home. However, if you decide to keep the asbestos-containing material in your home, a few critical measures should be enforced.
If you are planning to keep asbestos-containing materials in your home, these should be sealed or covered in order to prevent these from being disturbed. Again, this is another task that is best left to the hands of a seasoned expert.
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