Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fibre mined and imported to Australia that was popular due to its strength, flexibility, light weight, and affordability. However once asbestos is broken, sharp fibres can be released into the air. These fibres can be inhaled causing chronic respiratory issues only revealing themselves decades after inhalation. Because of this asbestos was completely banned within Australia in 2003 with bans starting to take place in the mid-1980’s.
There are six different types of asbestos:
The most common of these are:
- Chrysotile (white asbestos)
- Crocidolite (blue asbestos)
- Amosite (brown or grey asbestos)
The most dangerous of these being Crocidolite or blue asbestos which when broken forms needle like clusters that can easily be inhaled when they become airborne. However the most common asbestos is Chrysotile or white asbestos.
Asbestos can be found in many places including but not limited to:
What Are All Your Options?
There are many options when it comes to dealing with asbestos, some of which your asbestos professional may not tell you about, some of these include:
Leaving it be
One option your asbestos professional may not tell you about is simply letting the asbestos be, some asbestos when undamaged can be left where it is as long as it remains undamaged as asbestos is harmless until it becomes airborne.
Encapsulation: Encapsulation is the process of sealing the asbestos together with a sealant both on the surface and in the asbestos itself, this is best done by a accredited professional team to ensure full encapsulation. This is most common for roofs as it saves you getting your roof completely redone or replaced, this is a also a good option if you are on a tight budget as it saves you paying for a full roof removal and a brand new roof including insulation and anything else that will need to be redone, it can also make an old roof look new again as a bonus. This solution is also less invasive and faster than a full roof removal, you may even be aloud to stay on the property depending on what your professional team recommends.
Enclosure: Enclosure is the process of enclosing the area with damaged asbestos in a airtight container to ensure that the asbestos does not escape and become inhaled. It is very important that this is done by an accredited professional to ensure the enclosure is completely airtight. Remember this is a generally short term option, nobody wants a plastic enclosure in their home forever, however this can be a good option if you need time to save for a removal, Asbestos Removal Port Macquarie, or encapsulation.
Removal: Removing asbestos is one of the best long term solutions, you can attempt removal yourself if it is legal in your state however it is always recommended to have a professional remove the asbestos to ensure your safety. The cost of removing asbestos professionally varies on where the asbestos is located, the type of asbestos and the condition that it is in. Professionals can come to you to remove the asbestos and can dispose of it legally and in a environmentally friendly manner so they are the best way to go about removal.
Remember to have your home fully tested professionally before you presume asbestos is present, Asbestos Testing Port Macquarie.
In conclusion it is best to do your research before you contact the professionals but it is recommended that you leave the testing and removal to the pro’s as they know all of the rules and regulations regarding the asbestos in your state or territory.