Renovating in Sydney, we come across asbestos more often than you may think. Read on to learn everything you need to know about asbestos in the home.
What is asbestos?
When it first hit the market, asbestos was welcomed with open arms. The Australian construction industry particularly loved asbestos products, as they promised to withstand heat, erosion and decay while also having fire and water-resistant qualities!
Fast-forward to today, and we now know it’s a deadly carcinogen. Exposure to disturbed asbestos can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma – an incurable disease of the lungs.
Even though asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials since the 1980’s, the product wasn’t banned for use and sale until 2003. It is estimated that almost one-third of Australian homes still contain asbestos products.
What is the likelihood it is present in my home?
If your home was built before 1985, asbestos is highly likely to be present in some form.
Asbestos products were most commonly used as external cladding, insulation and internal wall linings. It is most often found in laundries, bathrooms, eaves and roof linings.
For a more detailed list of possible sites within the home, head here.
How can I identify if my home is made from asbestos?
Unfortunately it is almost impossible to detect asbestos with the naked eye. The only way to accurately determine if it’s within your home is to get a sample tested by an accredited laboratory.
Exposure is most likely to occur during a renovation or demolition of the home. If in doubt, it’s best to assume it’s there and take every necessary precaution possible when removing it.
Do note, that as long as the asbestos remains undisturbed it is of no danger to those residing in the home.
How do I remove asbestos from my home?
It is really important to enlist a professional when removing asbestos from your home, regardless of whether you are DIY or working with a builder.
The experience and knowledge of a professional when dealing with asbestos is worth the money you pay to protect the safety of yourself, your family and your neighbours.
Who can help?
Depending on the quantity or type of asbestos product to be removed, there are varying levels of expertise required.
At Fairley Constructions, we are informed and experienced in identifying the presence of asbestos, and can then assist you in determining the right removal method required.
If you have any specific questions about identifying or removing asbestos in your home ahead of a renovation project, please give us a call and we’d be happy to assist.
For more general information and fact sheets head here: www.asbestosawareness.com.au/