If you are not familiar with asbestos and the dangers that it presents, then let me tell you a little bit about it. It was a building material used up until the middle of the 1980s and they used it because it provided excellent durability, insulation and it had fire resistant properties as well. This made it perfect for the building industry and so they put it into almost anything in properties that would now be at least over 30 years old. There is no need to panic, but if the property that you are currently leasing, renting or you own is 30 years old or more, then it might be a good idea to have someone come into your property to assess whether or not asbestos was used in its construction.
There are a number of companies that provide asbestos removal in Perth and it is their job to make your property safe for your family and your employees. In order to ascertain if it is asbestos and it presents a clear and present danger, it can be sent for testing and if the test is positive, then it’s very likely that you will have to leave the property until it is properly removed and disposed of. If you’re still a little in the dark about where you can find this dangerous material within your property, then maybe the following can help to educate you.
- In floor & roof tiles – Due to the fact that it was incredibly strong, it was added because it helped them to last longer and in the case of the roof tiles, it provided excellent insulation and fire-retardant properties as well. You can generally identify the roof tiles quite easily because they were installed in suspended ceilings that were popular in business premises and in schools as well unfortunately.
- In soffits & guttering – Again it was used in these because the protection that are provided in all kinds of different weather. You can generally identify soffits and guttering that contains asbestos because it looks as good now is the first day that it was installed over 30 years ago.
- Wall, ceiling & door linings – It was added to these different fixtures because of the strength that it provided, the insulation and of course it made your home or business property safer when it came to a fire.
These are only three of the places that you will find asbestos and there are numerous more. It was used extensively in the building trade and was even mixed in with the cement for plastering and construction. If you suspect that there is any asbestos in your property, then it’s best to leave it alone and call out the experts.