Asbestos is a versatile mineral and is thought to have more than 3000 applications worldwide. Australia was one of the highest users of asbestos per capita worldwide, approximately one-third of all Australian homes contain asbestos products.
There are many different types of asbestos containing materials found in or around the average household including; wall sheets, ceiling sheets, corrugated roof sheets, hot water systems, floor tiles, pipe insulation, wall and ceiling insulation, fences and many more.
Removing asbestos incorrectly can cause an array of respiratory and other diseases such as; Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Testes Cancer, Pleural plaques, Pleural thickening and Pleural effusion.
If you are concerned that your house may have asbestos, we suggest you get an asbestos inspection carried out.
Asbestos sheeting in good condition is safe if left undisturbed but if you have some broken or damaged asbestos containing materials in your house it’s best left to professionals to remove.
Although you are allowed to remove 10 square meters of bonded asbestos without a licence, removing asbestos is risky business and even such a small amount can cause a large contamination if not carried out correctly, if you need any asbestos removed you should engage a professional to carry out the work.