Asbestos’ unique qualities: tensile strength, resistance to chemicals, fire and heat, lightweight and non-conductor of electricity made it popular. During prehistoric times it was only used in manmade artifacts and fabrics. Large scale asbestos mining in the 1800s gave way to its widespread use. Asbestos exposure hazards became known as early as the 1900s. Still, there was continuous and widespread usage. It started being banned from domestic building materials in the 1980s and completely banned in 2003. So, what happens to houses and buildings built before those years? That’s what asbestos inspection Brisbane professionals do. They minimize asbestos risks in your home and workplace.
Where Asbestos is Found and its Dangers
Homes built before the 1980s have asbestos. The is where you’d find it:
- ceiling tiles
- pipe cement
- floor tiles
- roof shingles and flashing
- joint compound on seams between pieces of sheetrock
There were many construction materials made with asbestos. It’s impossible to say whether a material has it. But there are areas in a building, built or refurbished before the year 2000, where asbestos is commonly found.
- asbestos cement sheeting (fibro) for walls and roofing
- behind tiles in wet areas
- heaters and exhaust flues
- bituminous waterproof membrane on flat roofs
- electrical switchboards
- lift motor rooms
- fire doors
- electrical duct heater units (millboard)
The only way asbestos’ presence is verified is to have the best asbestos inspection Brisbane team.
Asbestos is linked to asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and some cancers of the digestive system. Once inhaled, asbestos becomes dangerous.
The moment asbestos insulation around furnaces, boilers, and pipes deteriorate, it becomes asbestos dust. Ceilings containing asbestos release fibers, when they are drilled or patched. Drinking water may contain asbestos, too. Asbestos transit pipes deteriorate. Once this happens asbestos fibers are released. Asbestos inspection Brisbane’s team of experts make sure you have a safe workplace environment and home.
Removal of Asbestos
Empty, unoccupied spaces are encouraged for asbestos to be safely removed. However, relocation to another part of a building is needed if there are people who need to be in the vicinity. The exact spot where asbestos removal is happening gets sealed. Methods carefully followed include use of duct tape, polyethylene film, and negative air pressure machines with HEPA filters. A special vacuum cleaner for asbestos containment is used in cleaning up afterward.