Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that occurs naturally and is fire and chemical resistant. It was previously deemed safe to use for flooring, insulation and construction materials because it is durable. However, by the 1970’s it was discovered that long-term exposure can cause various health issues such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and much more. Here are signs that your home needs asbestos testing.
- Was your home built before 1986? Asbestos was popularly used for construction between 1920 and the early 80’s. It was officially banned in 1986 so if your home was built before then, it definitely contains asbestos. Your home needs to be thoroughly inspected including tiles, ceiling, insulation, paint, flooring, roofing and also the drywall.
- Are you planning to build a new home or simply renovating the old one? The real danger of asbestos exposure comes from loose dust or fibers. If there is no disturbance, there is no risk of exposure. However, there are chances of the asbestos particles becoming airborne and being ingested or inhaled. Note that, the particles can be exposed in second-hand means. Meaning if a person is exposed first hand, he/she can transfer the particles through clothing, skin or hair. Therefore, any new construction or renovation should be done after asbestos testing is completed to prevent first or second hand exposure.
- Do you have textured ceiling in your home? Textured ceiling materials such as sprayed on or popcorn ceiling might contain asbestos. If there’s any damage, it’s prudent to call a professional for testing immediately. If the ceiling was done after the 1986 ban, you are in the clear. However, if you are not sure about when the ceiling was installed, you should call an asbestos testing professional to determine whether or not there’s risk of exposure.
- Are there any disintegrating duct sealants or pipes in your home? If your home was renovated recently, there might not be any asbestos in the floors, ceiling or wall insulation. However, any piping in the basement or other areas, especially one that’s disintegrated might put you in the risk for asbestos exposure. On the other hand, if there is any sealant decay around the pipes or insulation, especially if asbestos repair was done to prevent exposure, you need to do some testing and remove the asbestos if any.
Make sure you hire the right asbestos removal expert to prevent further exposure to you and your family. For more information on asbestos testing and removal visit Total Asbestos website: https://total-asbestos.com.au/