For those of us living in houses that were constructed before 1990, it is an unfortunate fact of life that there is a good chance of the presence of asbestos in our homes.
This doesn’t mean that you should dread the idea of renovations or other construction projects for your home, in fact – all you need is to have a professional company like GBAR Group to come in and do an inspection of your home. If you suspect that your home might have asbestos, here are some of the most likely places you need to look out for it:
Asbestos can be found within the walls of your home as fibrous cement sheeting (also called fibro), which is a bonded form of asbestos. The good news is as long as this type of asbestos remains undisturbed, it is relatively safe. However, once it is disturbed, say by a drill or construction work, it can release dangerous asbestos fibres into the surrounding area.
In previous years, the material was also used extensively for insulation – as it is incredibly flame retardant. The asbestos you might find in ceilings or in stoves or heaters, is friable – which means the material can become airborne relatively easily, and as such poses a grave risk to your health and those around you.
- Vinyl flooring and carpets
Asbestos was also used to help strengthen linoleum, which means that if you have an older home, there is a chance that you might find the material in your floors. The mineral was also found in the hessian underlay of older carpets – which poses a serious risk if you’re renovating your flooring.
Unfortunately, asbestos is quite common in older homes’ roofing materials, and is found as corrugated asbestos sheeting (a common brand name for this type of material is Super Six). Asbestos can also be found in older roof shingles and may look like ordinary slate shingles.
Like fibro, these two types of asbestos are safe, as long as the material remains intact. However, due to the nature of roofing and the potential damage they can receive over time, these types of asbestos pose a serious risk.
The above isn’t an exhaustive list of locations in your home where asbestos might be found, and you should be wary of electrical meter boxes, clutch and brake linings in some older cars, and even in the fire doors of older apartment complexes.
This means that if you are unsure about the status of your home and its asbestos contents, rather contact us sooner rather than later, for professional and safe Sydney Asbestos Removal or Brisbane Asbestos Removal, give GBAR a call to arrange a consultation and quote.