Many older homes and buildings in Western Australia contain asbestos. Even some newer buildings may contain asbestos cement, and although this is relatively safe while it’s intact, shedding or fraying could pose a problem.
While it’s well known that asbestos was widely used in building materials in Australia and continued to be imported up until as late as 2003, it can be hard to identify because it could crop up almost anywhere.
Undisturbed asbestos isn’t necessarily dangerous in its own right. The danger occurs when it’s disturbed or old, as the fibres may become airborne. When you breathe in the fibres, it can lead to lung disease and lung cancer.
So how do you know if there is asbestos in your home or buildings?
Up until the 1990s, asbestos was used in over 3000 building and household products. If your home was built before 1985, there is a good chance it contains asbestos. But remember that it was still in use up until 2003, and even paint could contain asbestos.
It’s not likely that you will be able to identify asbestos on sight, and it’s not wise to go digging around in your home to try and spot it. If you suspect your home may contain the material, book an asbestos inspection so that professionals can investigate safely. These are the common areas where you may have asbestos in your home:
Kitchen or Bathroom Areas
Asbestos was used in heat insulation, splash backing in wet areas, pipes and lining behind wall tiles and expansion joints.
Roofing And Gutters
Ceiling tiles, insulation, packing under beams or gables and eaves often use asbestos material.
Walls and Floors
Asbestos was used for lining behind wall tiles, imitation brick cladding, carpet and tile underlays, within concrete frameworks and in window putty.
Outbuildings Electrical and Mechanical
Asbestos may be in electrical meter backing boards, telecommunications pits, even in car brake pads.
If you’re planning on renovating your home, replacing your shed, roof or fence, buying a new home or renting out your old one and you suspect it may contain asbestos, rather be safe than sorry. Contact Perth Asbestos Services on 1300 968 935 for a thorough and safe investigation…