What is asbestos and why was it used?

Are you looking to renovate your existing home or considering purchasing an old home with plans to ‘do it up’?
Well, if you are, and if the house was built prior to 1990’s, there is a chance that it may contain some form of asbestos product. Understanding what asbestos is and then how to find it is a huge consideration prior to commencing any form of renovation or construction work. This blog, written by Asbestos Eliminator Managing Director, Jake Zangara, will provide you with some useful knowledge and tips which should assist in understanding and the identifying your potential asbestos risk!

What is asbestos?

Simply put, asbestos is a name given to six different, naturally occurring, fibrous minerals. It was a popular fibre within the manufacturing industry as it had very low treatment and refinement costs. Additionally, it had many excellent properties including;

  • High fire resistance
  • Excellent sound absorption
  • Low electrical conductivity
  • Significant chemical resistance

These attributes, in addition to the low manufacturing costs made it a cost effective way to solve many material design issues with regard to the housing sector. Understanding why it was a popular product within the manufacturing sector goes someway to explaining why it was so widely used. The health implications associated with asbestos inhalation are massive and largely went unnoticed as they do take a significant period of time to develop.

How does asbestos affect my health?

There are a number of asbestos related diseases associated with asbestos inhalation. The main ones include:

• Mesothelioma;
• pleural disease;
• mesothelioma,
• asbestosis; and
• cancer of the lung

These diseases will develop after inhalation or ingestion and cause major health issues and/or death. There are many well documented cases of asbestos related diseases that have played out in the media. One of the most well-known accounts is that of Bernie Banton who suffered and eventually died from mesothelioma.

How do I inhale or ingest asbestos?

One of the major causes of accidental inhalation or ingestion of asbestos is when the airborne fibres are disturbed either through wear and tear or via standard construction activities such as drilling or sanding, The level of asbestos fibre released into the air is dependent on what binding material binds the asbestos, the general state of it or the type of product that was utilised.

Some forms of asbestos do pose a much greater risk than others. The most common type of asbestos known to pose threats to health is that of friable asbestos. This form is generally soft and will crumble quite easily into a very fine material or dust. This was a popular manufacturing product used in the construction of insulation. The raised nature of the product allows for the fibre to easily become airborne,

All asbestos must be considered dangerous to your health. If you would like Asbestos Eliminator to visit your property to conduct a visual check, free of charge, please call us or complete the contact us form.

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Thanks for excellent job well done as you were very professional and reasonably priced. Flexible when the job needed to be done and finished all 7 floors hours before the 1st office workers came in for the day, honest in your assessment, and very professional and thorough in the details of the job.

There was absolutely no mess, and I would definitely use you again and recommend you to others.

John
Building Manager, Professional SuitesBrisbane