Most Australian homeowners are quick to answer “no” if asked whether their home contains asbestos. Despite Australia being one of 55 countries that prohibits the importation and use of asbestos, it still poses a risk of being present in your home without your knowledge. Australia has a history of mining asbestos, and had the highest per capita use of this toxic mineral worldwide for many years.
With asbestos only completely banned in Australia in 2003, you and your family could be at risk of asbestos exposure. Ensure the health of your loved ones, your tenants, and your home by hiring a trained professional to detect asbestos in your home.
This helpful blog will discuss how to tell if your home has asbestos and the dangers of living in an asbestos-infested environment. But first, let’s take a closer look at what asbestos actually is.
What is asbestos in homes?
Asbestos is a mineral commonly used for construction projects for its flame resistance and microscopic fibre strength. It’s commonly located in walls, ceilings, external cladding, floors, roofing and more. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems, including cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung scarring. You run the risk of asbestos exposure during home renovations — that’s why it’s wise to have your home inspected for asbestos by an approved professional (LAA / licensed asbestos assessor) or competent person. They should be accredited and have completed approved training. It’s not worth the risk of haphazardly testing your home for asbestos — your loved ones’ or tenants’ health and safety should be placed above all else.
How to tell if your home has asbestos
Are you wondering how to tell if your home has asbestos? While the only way to tell for sure is to hire a professional, here are some common signs to look out for in your home:
- If you live in a home that was built before 1990
- Lagging or crumbling plaster
- Wallpaper coming loose or the texture changing over time
- Damaged wallboard or floor tiles
- Unusual “spider web” looking cracks in ceilings or walls
Whatever you do, do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself. If the asbestos isn’t removed properly, you risk spreading asbestos particles, posing health issues for loved ones. If you notice these signs of asbestos in your home, you should immediately have your home inspected by a trained professional. If they uncover evidence of asbestos fibres in your home, you will need to have it removed immediately before it causes any damage.
Why you should hire GBAR Group for asbestos inspection and removal services
At the GBAR Group, our licensed team of professionals are fully trained and certified to carry out all types of asbestos removal. We can conduct testing of building materials to ensure they are asbestos-free so you can have a sound sleep, knowing your family is safe from any health risks associated with asbestos. We assess, remove and remediate all asbestos products, providing cost-effective solutions while adhering to all health and safety regulations.
At the GBAR Group, we focus on maintaining the health and safety of you and your loved ones. Our priority is returning your home to you in a livable condition so you no longer need to worry about your health and wellness in the comfort of your own home. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to asbestos.
GBAR Group services clients across all industries, from construction and education to residential properties. If you’re in the market for asbestos removal services, request a consultation today.