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IS DIY ASBESTOS REMOVAL RIGHT FOR ME?

When a home has asbestos in it the logical step is to remove it right? After all, asbestos is not a good thing.

In most instances, removing the asbestos is the safest option, but when it comes to removing asbestos, this is something that needs to be handled very carefully.

Not only does it pose a risk to your health if you’re accidentally exposed to asbestos fibres, there are actually government enforced rules and regulations about who can remove asbestos and how they do it.

If you think your home may have asbestos, keep reading, because we’re going to tell you about asbestos, and what you should do if your home has it.

What is asbestos?

You may have heard of asbestos but perhaps you’re not entirely sure what it is, which is completely normal, especially if you’ve never owned a home before or you’re not familiar with the building and construction industry.

Asbestos is a naturally abundant mineral that is found in rock formations. It’s actually made of lots of tiny fibres that are flexible and very strong. Asbestos also happens to be very lightweight, so this combined with its strength and flexibility meant that it became a popular material used in the building and construction industry.

Asbestos fibres could be used on their own or mixed with other materials, like adhesives and concrete to create a wide range of very strong building materials, known as asbestos containing materials. They were used to build homes and buildings between the 1950s and early 2000s and used in a wide variety of different ways.

While asbestos had its definite pros when it comes to building, there are some pretty major cons associated with it, the most frightening of which is the risk it can pose to your health.

The tiny fibres that make up asbestos can actually be easily ingested by humans, without us even knowing. And when this happens they can get lodged deep in the lung tissues and unfortunately, our bodies are not always able to get them out. Because the body can’t remove this foreign substance, it tries to compensate by absorbing them, however, this can lead to scarring in the lungs. This can then lead to some major health complications, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, all of which are incurable diseases.

Is the asbestos in my home dangerous?

Asbestos can be classified as either friable or non-friable. Friable asbestos is when the asbestos materials can be crumbled easily with a little pressure by hand. Non-friable asbestos is when the asbestos materials cannot be easily broken or crumbled with a little pressure, this kind of asbestos is usually mixed with other materials, like concrete.

If the asbestos in your home is non-friable and in good condition, then it’s not necessarily a risk to your health. Asbestos is dangerous when it is disturbed and the fibres are easily released. So, unless you’re planning a home renovation, if the asbestos in your home is not deteriorating and is non-friable, then you may not need to remove it right away.

If the asbestos in your home is classified as friable or has been deteriorating, then yes, continuing to live with it in your home is dangerous and should be rectified as soon as possible.

What do I do if I think or know that my house has asbestos in it?

The first thing you should do if you suspect asbestos to be in your home is to have it assessed and confirmed. This can be done by an occupational and environmental hygiene specialist. They will perform an inspection to identify any asbestos materials and also to classify their condition so you know the risks.

If you need an asbestos inspection Victoria, then Greenlight is the right team for you. They offer a variety of asbestos and hazardous goods services and can help to put your mind at ease and manage any asbestos present on your property.

Even if you haven’t thought about whether your home has asbestos in it, if you’re planning to renovate, we highly suggest that you have an asbestos inspection to understand any potential risks.

If my home has asbestos in it, can I remove it myself?

No. Well, technically, you can remove a very small amount of non-friable asbestos legally, but you still need to dispose of it safely and legally. So, when it comes to asbestos removal, no matter the condition, we think the best thing you can do is to work with a professional removalist. It will save you time, money and the risk to your health.

What should I do next?

So, whether you’ve recently purchased a home and you want to make some changes to it or you just want peace of mind, the best way to do this is by getting your home inspected for asbestos by an occupational hygienist. They can help you understand your risks and what you need to do!

Thank you for reading.


 

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