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Renovating an older home? Know the risks.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Asbestos is a fire-resistant and durable mineral fibre. In Brisbane and all over Australia asbestos was used to insulate homes. It is a fantastic barrier against heat, noise and as mentioned before is fire resistant. Not only was it placed in walls, flooring, decking and roofs but was also mixed with other substances. Asbestos can be found in cement and plaster making it a great risk for home renovators.p4150096

Asbestos Use

Up until the early 1980’s materials mixed with asbestos were utilised in building construction. Products containing asbestos were used right up until the late 1980’s. Products that may contain asbestos if your home is older than 40 years include gutters, roof felt and shingles, cement, board siding & under sheeting, soffit boards, main panels and fuse boxes, walls, stucco, blown-in insulation, deck under-sheeting, downpipes and sadly the list goes on. This may seem overwhelming but there are now as many asbestos removal companies in Brisbane as there are asbestos cases. When renovating or demolishing an older house there is a high chance of coming across asbestos-containing materials so get in a professional before you begin your project.

If products made of asbestos are in good condition and left undisturbed, they do not pose a significant danger of releasing asbestos fibres into the air. However, once these materials have been disturbed or start to deteriorate then they pose a threat. Often a problem arises when material containing asbestos is drilled, sanded, moved, broken or dropped. During a renovation one or all of these actions are probable.

To avoid this risk have an asbestos inspection and asbestos removal company come in before you start your DIY project.

 

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The Hazards of Asbestos

Once asbestos is released into the air it becomes a hazard. Asbestos fibres are incredibly fine and can stay afloat in the air around a construction or demolition site for hours. Breathing in asbestos fibres causes a range of serious health problems the most common being lung disease and lung cancer. Asbestosis is the most common result of asbestos inhalation. It’s what the scarring and stiffening of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos dust is called. Asbestosis causes breathing difficulties and can lead to fatal diseases like pneumonia and heart disease. Exposure to asbestos has also been documented to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The thing about these diseases is they take years to expose themselves and by this time it’s too late. Don’t take the risk of working with asbestos and hoping nothing happens, you will regret it in years to come.

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What you Can Do

If you are planning a renovation project and know your home is older then 40 years make sure you get in an asbestos removal and inspection team. Ensure the company you choose is licensed and qualified to remove asbestos and that the staff are knowledgeable, wear appropriate gear and are happy to give advice.

More information for asbestos in Brisbane can be found online at http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/.

Remember when it comes to the health of yourself and your family it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Call an asbestos removalist for your next renovation project.

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