Back in the 1970’s, until the mid-1980’s asbestos was a widely used material in the construction and renovation of houses in Australia. Given the prevalence of its use it is more than likely that it, if your property was constructed or renovated until 1987, may be present.
Once you have identified that asbestos is present in your property it is critical to commence the process of having it removed. This is particularly important if you intend to renovate the property. Jumping in and attempting to repair or renovate a property with asbestos is extremely dangerous and if asbestos fibres do happen to be released you will find yourself in trouble, both in regards to your health and financially. If identified, do not:
- Use power tools
- Use abrasive cutting or sanding discs
- Use compress air
- Use high pressure hoses
- Walk on corrugated asbestos cement roofs as you may fall through the roof
- Leave materials lying about where they can be disturbed
Experts state that ‘disturbing findings show that, despite repeated warnings, Australians are still not protecting themselves from asbestos-related diseases”. This study of around 860 individuals who had recently completed a DIY renovation, found that 61% stated that they had been exposed. Alarmingly, more than 20% stated that their children had been exposed. Don’t become a statistic!
The removal of asbestos from a property is covered by strict government regulation and code of practice that identifies the removal requirements and specifications for asbestos removal. If you are unaware of this code then that is a sure sign that you shouldn’t think about removing it yourself! It is important that you understand the need to engage a qualified and licensed professional, such as Asbestos Eliminator to look after the removal process for you.
A licensed professional will have the necessary qualifications, training and insurance to ensure you are protected. In addition to the regulatory requirements a licensed professional will have the necessary tools and experience to remove it safely, effectively and efficiently.
The process in removing asbestos is not as simple as chucking it into a rubbish tip. Once identified a professional will utilise high level safety equipment, carefully remove the asbestos and then action safe disposal of it.
Asbestos Eliminator has the necessary qualifications, expertise and experience in managing the entire asbestos removal process. Our integrated experience ensures we can identify, remove and dispose of the asbestos safely and effectively.