Asbestos was once considered a wonder material. It is heat resistant, doesn’t conduct electricity and is not flammable. Because of these properties, asbestos was used in many different products, from insultation for pipes, floors tiles, building materials and in vehicle brakes and clutches.
In the 1940s to mid-1950s, scientists began to study the health effects of asbestos and found that it could cause lung cancer and other diseases. The Australian government completely banned the use of asbestos in December 2003, but it can still be found in older homes.
If you’re thinking of buying a home that was built before the 1989, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos somewhere. Here’s what you need to know about buying a home with asbestos.
The Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos fibers are so small that you can’t see them, and they can stay in the air for a long time. When these fibers are breathed in, they can get trapped in your lungs and stay there for a long time. Over time, this exposure can lead to lung cancer and other diseases.
If you think there might be asbestos in your home, don’t panic. If the asbestos isn’t damaged or disturbed, it won’t pose a health risk. The real danger comes when the fibers are released into the air, where they can be inhaled.
There are some cases where it’s best to have an asbestos-containing material removed from your home by a professional. This is usually done when the material is damaged or going to be disturbed during a renovation project. If you do have asbestos removed from your home, make sure the company you hire is properly licensed and trained in how to remove asbestos safely.
Should you get an Asbestos Inspection?
While asbestos isn’t necessarily dangerous if it’s not disturbed, it’s still something you should be aware of if you’re thinking of buying an older home. If you do find asbestos in your home, make sure not to disturb it and call one of our professionals if you plan on doing any renovations that might disturb the material. We are located across Australia and New Zealand and offer a wide range of services and assistance for your needs. Give us a call at 131546.