Asbestos is an ideal material for building houses because it is an excellent insulating material, very long lasting, and flame resistant. Most compound materials benefit from the taut fiber form of asbestos. Asbestos materials are hard to break down if left undisturbed or undamaged. Using any pressure or process to dig or cut into asbestos-containing parts releases dust or fiber particles that launch asbestos into the air. Once the particles are inhaled, they are either released through exhaling or lodge themselves into the air passageways or organs, often causing abnormal cancerous growths and lung diseases. Several conditions like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma are caused by asbestos exposure in the workplace or home. Bans and regulation on asbestos since the late 1970s has helped reduce the risks.
Asbestos components are not likely found in Adelaide homes built since 1980, and if they are present they have been labeled accordingly. Anyway, asbestos can be found in construction materials used to build houses before the 1970s. Insulation, heat proofing surrounds, heat and water pipes, floor and ceiling tiles and wall or ceiling treatments contain asbestos. Patching materials and joint compounds for walls, corners, and gaps also have asbestos. These are some of the common materials and areas where asbestos was used, however, checking for them in your own house is not just a matter of looking at the sources. Asbestos cannot be identified by sight alone. Furthermore, it may be unlabeled or odorless particularly if used before their ban was instituted.
The presence of asbestos can only be confirmed through microscopic testing, and this should be done by a trained professional. The asbestos building contractor or environmental consulting firm hired for asbestos testing takes small (fingernail) sized samples and tests them in a laboratory.
Our recommendation for an asbestos consultant in Adelaide is www.frontlineasbestossolutions.com.au – Asbestos Removal Adelaide. Brad and the rest of the team at Front Line Asbestos Solutions are experts in all areas of asbestos, including, removal, testing, management, inspection, and register.
There are signs your home may have ever had asbestos, but it can be trickier to be certain. Most often, you will know if someone discloses the information or you check the original building documents. However, some of the common signs that a house may have contained asbestos, include:
– Uninsulated pipes that have gray or white insulation remnants, especially on the fittings.
– An outline of old 9” by 9” floor tiles which used asbestos.
If asbestos is found in your house, it can be dealt with depending on the condition of the material, where the asbestos was found, and if it is friable or non-friable. Non-friable asbestos is more compact and its fibers cannot be made airborne easily unless they are cut, sawed or sanded. It is commonly found in floor tiles, siding, and roofing materials. Friable asbestos can easily get reduced or crumbled into a powder and can be released into the air. It can be found in paper products, acoustical plaster, spackling compound and insulation materials. In some instances, asbestos-containing materials can be isolated or repaired rather than removed. Asbestos removal is the ideal permanent solution to the asbestos problem in the home. Anyway, removal can pose a huge risk of fiber release and health conditions if not done properly. Therefore, asbestos removal requires specialized methods to contain the area, remove materials and ensure no contamination.