How do you figure out if you have asbestos?
It is not easy to determine whether asbestos are present just by looking at a scenario with your eyes. Typically, building materials that were put into a property prior to the late 1980s could have asbestos. Still, you can’t be sure unless a laboratory evaluates a sample of the materials.
Prior to working on the property, or tearing it down, you should wait to get confirmation that asbestos are actually present.
If you feel that the testing process is too lengthy or expensive, operate under the assumption that the material does have asbestos.
Are asbestos present in newer properties?
They are not. Ever since late 2003, Australia has banned asbestos and anything with asbestos in it. It is against the law to sell, install, store, import, provide or use materials that contain asbestos. However, the ban does not affect asbestos materials that were put in before 2003.
As far as residential building materials go, no asbestos have been used since the 1980s. They were replaced with cellulose fibres. In addition, insulation products have non-asbestos fibres, like glass. Still, it is important to note that these materials are not completely safe. If you breathe in the dust from the materials, you may experience irritation of the throat and skin.
When building homes prior to the 1980s, there were two kinds of materials that had asbestos. Non-friable asbestos, also known as bonded asbestos, was one. The other is known as friable asbestos, or loosely-bound asbestos. If you are unsure you should always find an expert that does asbestos disposal Perth to test your materials and determine the best course of action.
These materials have a certain amount of asbestos fibres contained within the hardened cement matrix. Bonded asbestos are the type that are normally found in people’s homes and are also known as AC sheeting, asbestos cement and fibro. Around fifteen percent of their composition is normally asbestos, but that number can go as high as forty percent. The building materials used today contain cellulose fibres instead. It is important to note that this type of material is thought to be the lesser of two evils. They can also be dealt with a little better than their counterpart. Still, if the materials are loose or coming down, they must be handled appropriately so that there is no dust generated.
You may also find this type of asbestos material in insulating boards. Insulating boards were used for residential homes as well as commercial and industrial properties. They help with fire protection, sound insulation and heat insulation. Typically, they are located in electrical panels, circuit boards, walls, and ceiling tiles. Up to 45 percent of their composition may be asbestos.
Loosely-bound asbestos typically are not found in homes. They were usually put into industrial and commercial properties as a way to keep the buildings fire proof. They also provided insulation and a sound barrier. Typically, glass fibres are now used instead of asbestos.
It is possible to find this type of asbestos in a home, however. In particular, older hot water systems, domestic heaters and stoves may have them. In addition, hot water pipe lagging and ceiling insulation could contain them as well. These materials can be entirely composed of asbestos and they are loose. It does not take much for them to dissolve into dust.
Therefore, this is a very dangerous material. Do not attempt to take it out yourself and instead contact a licensed professional.