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