3 Ideas To Treat Asbestos

Asbestos is a highly fibrous material that was commonly used in construction up until the mid-1980’s when it was banned because of its health risks, when asbestos is broken and becomes airborne it can easily be inhaled into the lungs causing small cuts and abrasions that overtime can develop into asbestos related diseases such as:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Asbestosis or fibrotic lung disease
  • Mesothelioma
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Testes Cancer
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural thickening

This is why it is very important to be aware of any asbestos in your home and how to deal with it if it is, here are 3 ideas on how to treat asbestos in your home.

 

  1. Get It Tested

The first step to dealing with asbestos is to get it professionally tested, knowing where and in what condition asbestos is in in your home can be a huge advantage to you and your family. Testing can be quick and simple when you use a professional, Asbestos Testing Perth, they can come to your home and take samples of any suspected asbestos, take them to a NATA accredited laboratory for testing and usually have the results in under 24 hours, however multiple samples may take longer to ensure accurate results. Once you have your results back it’s important to know your options.

 

  1. Know Your Options

There are four main options when it comes to dealing with asbestos:

  • Encapsulation- Encapsulation is one of the most popular options for dealing with asbestos, it means you can leave the asbestos in your home without worrying if it becomes damaged or broken. Encapsulation is the process of sealing the asbestos on the surface and within to ensure that if it is broken the fibres stay bound and do not get released into the air to become inhaled. Encapsulation is best done by accredited professionals to ensure the best and safest results.
  • Removal- Debatably the best way to deal with asbestos is all out removal, this takes away all risk of inhalation, when properly done by professionals asbestos removal can be a relatively painless process, however depending on where the asbestos is located you may have to pay quite a sum to have it removed and you may have to stay elsewhere for quite some time while it’s being removed. Full removal can also incur replacement costs, for example if your whole roof is made from asbestos related materials then you may have to pay for both a whole roof removal and a whole roof replacement including any reconnections of pipes and power, Asbestos Removal Perth.
  • Enclosure- Enclosure though not considered a long term option can be the most cost effective, enclosing the asbestos involves sealing the asbestos in a airtight container (Often made of plastic sheeting and wood) to ensure any particles of asbestos do not become airborne in areas where you live, however the longer an asbestos enclosure is left the more likely it is to lose its airtightness and become a hazard again. Enclosing asbestos is best done by trained and accredited professionals to ensure maximum airtightness.
  • Leaving and Maintaining- One of the underlooked options for dealing with asbestos is simply leaving it be, if the asbestos in your home is undisturbed and undamaged then it poses no health risks to you or your family, asbestos is only dangerous when it becomes airborne and is inhaled. So if your asbestos is in good condition and you leave it alone and maintain it then you may be able to leave it in place.
  1. Always Hire A Professional

The best tip you will ever get for asbestos is to hire accredited professionals for testing and dealing with the asbestos, there are many laws and regulations that differ from each state and territory when it comes to asbestos so it is always a good idea to at least consult a specialist before attempting to deal with any asbestos.

 

Further Reading:

https://asbestosawareness.com.au/asbestos-in-the-home/home-renovations-diy-asbestos/

https://www.australianasbestosnetwork.org.au/asbestos-about/diseasess/asbestos-related-diseases/

https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1702/asbestos_related_disease_indicators_2014.pdf

https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/asbestos-ongoing-risk-from-home-renovations-20170829-gy6c0i.html

 

Never Worry About Asbestos Again!

We have all seen the news, read the articles, seen the health stats. Asbestos is bad news! Nobody likes it, nobody wants it, and we sure as heck don’t like paying to have it removed. It is the great unknown cost in all renovations or purchases of older homes.

 

And now you own some!

Look, the thing to remember is, you brought this house because you love it, it has charm, and charisma, sure it has a bit of asbestos, but there is no need to freak out about it, you CAN do something about it.  Asbestos removal Brisbane is not an issue, there are multitudes of contractors that are asbestos professionals that will come to your home and for a fee, will remove the asbestos, and you will never have to see the horrible disease forming stuff again!

Be prepared to pay though. It isn’t cheap to remove, and for a good reason. The asbestos professional has to pay enormous insurances and levies imposed upon them by the Government to be licensed to work with asbestos. Then there is the cost of disposables, of which there are plenty! Add labour to that, and this is not cheap labour, even though asbestos removal is a shitty job, you need to be fully licensed, accredited, trained and insured. It’s. Not. Cheap. Then we get to asbestos waste, the Government in its infinite wisdom charges like a mallee bull at the gate for asbestos disposal. This cost will of course have to be passed on to you. Did I mention the asbestos professional has to pay a fee to have his vehicle and trailer registered wit the EPA so that he can take your waste to the correct asbestos waste facility?

 

So what are my options?

I’m so glad you asked, but first things first. Are you REALLY dealing with asbestos?

  1. Testing

Asbestos testing Brisbane is not hard to do, just call an asbestos professional, Asbestos Watch Brisbane has good reviews.  The asbestos professional will pop round to your home and collect a sample, send it to a NATA accredited lab and hey presto, you will usually have the results in your email the same day/ If it comes back as positive for asbestos, then I suggest you try;

  1. ENCAPSUALTION

Once upon a time we used to encapsulate with paint. Many many layers of paint. It really was a bit of a hit and miss kind of things. Knowing how many layers for which area was always the problem. Nowadays we have you beaut special purpose, plastic type asbestos coating ‘paint’.

 

Encapsulation could save you thousands. Not to mention what it will do to the value of your home by covering up all of that unsightly asbestos. The best benefit though of course, is that you will be protecting your family or colleagues from hideous asbestos related diseases. This is the real benefit. If you would like to learn more about asbestos, please continue on to read the below guides. And remember, Take Action! Safeguard your health today!

 

Further Reading:

Asbestos Guide –

https://www.asbestossafety.gov.au/

Asbestos Waste – https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Waste-and-Recycling/Recycling-and-Waste-Disposal/Asbestos-Disposal

 

Philadelphia State

The name Philadelphia comes from the Greek which means “city of fraternal love”. It was William Penn, a well-known British Quaker explorer, who founded it in 1682. The Americans affectionately call it Philly, as if it were a friend whose name is shortened, and they speak of it like the city in which the United States concentrates their few years of history, in fact, it is precisely here that the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the Liberty Bell is preserved.

 

There are two are the faces of Philly, as its inhabitants call it: a modern part, where the glass skyscrapers with neon signs stand on the Schuylkill River, running through the city, and the oldest part with the two-story red brick houses, the low-traffic streets and landscaped gardens between the Delaware River and the Independence National Historical Park, the place where America was made. It is in this area that the declaration of independence and the constitution were discussed and approved. In this park, we can also visit the Liberty Bell Center. The liberty bell greeted the start of the constitution with its tweaks, the President’s House, the National Constitution Center, and Franklin Court, the museum on Benjamin Franklin.

 

It is the first city in the United States to enter the UNESCO list as a World Heritage Site: Philadelphia, a welcoming metropolis on the East Coast, has received the prestigious award for its rich historical, cultural and artistic value. UNESCO wished to preserve and enhance one of its monuments, the Independence Hall, the building where the United States Constitution was signed on July 4, 1776. Walking through the streets of the centre and entering its museums and palaces, you immediately sense the qualities and historical prestige.

 

If you visit Philadelphia, you certainly cannot miss the famous Cheesesteak! What is the Cheesesteak? It is the typical dish of this city, of course. Talking about an American dish we can certainly not expect something dietary, its main ingredients are in fact: baguette-like bread, striped beef on the plate, a good dose of melted cheese, onions and if you like some spicy sauce, all accompanied by a good plate of fries!

 

Philadelphia has always been a city of artisans. What in the colonial era was a network of laboratories between the rivers Schuylkill and Delaware in the Southeast of Pennsylvania would have grown to include factories, houses, skyscrapers and the suburban extension. Then, in the second half of the twentieth century, the factory left the city and the residents followed it. Some buildings remained empty. The weed invaded the historic Washington Square. The decades passed. Then, in the late seventies, urbanists and creatives sensed that abandoned spaces could come back to life. Artisans, chefs, designers, brewers were eager to fill them with their activities giving life to the rebirth of “Philly”. Today, thanks to them, the city is among the most vibrant and enterprising in the United States.

 

What to see in Philadelphia

“What is there to see in Philadelphia?” the classic question.

The United States of America is not just New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles, but beautiful. There are many other cities to visit, less famous but just as fascinating, such as Philadelphia.

 

Below you will find places not to be missed.

 

Independence Hall

It is the symbol of the American Revolution. On July 8, 1776, the liberty bell called people for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

 

Elfreth’s Alley

It is the oldest street in the city of Philadelphia. It is regarded as the oldest American residential street. A real dive into the past that will make you relive the atmosphere of “old America”.

 

Betsy Ross House

This is the house where the first American flag with stars and stripes was sewn. Originally the flag had 13 horizontal stripes of white and red (the 13 original colonies) and 13 white stars on the top of a blue background (the 13 federal states).

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rocky Statue

It is one of the most cherished places for fans of the Rocky Balboa saga played by the legendary Sylvester Stallone.

 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, famous for the steps that Rocky ran on, boasts a collection of about 225,000 works of art including Persian rugs, Chinese porcelain and paintings by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Pinturicchio, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dalì, Monet and Cézanne.

 

At the foot of the staircase, just to the right of it, looking at the entrance to the museum, is the statue dedicated to the boxer.

 

Barnes Foundation

In this architecturally beautiful museum are exhibited works of art created between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries of the last century. It is possible to admire paintings by Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Cézanne and others.

Love Sculpture

It is one of the symbols of the city. Created by the artist Robert Indiana, it is located in Love Park which formerly known as The Plaza of John F. Kennedy. The park is right across the city hall.

 

Reading Terminal Market

It is the central market of the city. All strictly indoor, it is a food paradise. Inside you can have breakfast in the typical American diner, buy fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, and have lunch. For lunch, you should definitely eat the Cheese Steak, the typical Philadelphia-style meat and cheese sandwich.

 

Little curiosity, in the market there is also a desk of the Amish, the religious community that lives in the countryside far from the intrusion of civilisation that could affect their principles.

 

Eastern State Penitentiary

Opened October 25, 1829, it was the first real penitentiary in the world. Among its walls were criminals such as Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton.

 

Now in disuse, it is possible to visit its cells, its corridors and its courtyards. The visit can be terrifying but equally fun.