There are several different types of asbestos, many of which have been used in the building of houses and other buildings since the 1800s to increase the insulation of those buildings from heat and sound. Unfortunately though, much later, in the 1900s, it was discovered that if a building which had asbestos used in its construction, were to be disturbed in any way, the asbestos fibers would be released into the atmosphere in dust form. This dust, if inhaled, was found to be hazardous to a person’s health and could even lead to death. The problem apparently is that once the asbestos dust enters the lungs, it stays there and in time can cause leukemia or cancer. Although the use of asbestos was still widely used as late as the 1980s and 1990s, after that countries started to ban its use in construction of buildings. In Australia that ban was introduced in 2003 and so any house in Sydney for instance, built before 2003, could contain elements of asbestos in its materials. Consequently, if that house were to receive any sort of damage, the asbestos element could be released into the air in the form of dust which subsequently can be inhaled.
Today it is possible to carry out checks to see if asbestos was used in the construction of a house or other building and some companies, like www.vipasbestosremovalsydney.com.au specialize in doing just that. The same company and companies like it can then, if required, remove any asbestos elements and dispose of them safely, avoiding any hazard to the occupants of the building or anyone else. As you may guess, this is a very specialized procedure and so is one that cannot be undertaken by a non-professional as a DIY project, especially considering the potential hazards involved with the release of the asbestos dust.
Today, now that the full hazards associated with asbestos are known, not only are there strict rules and laws pertaining to its use but also rules and laws pertaining to its correct disposal, without becoming a further health hazard.
A particularly hazardous time for a building which has had asbestos used in its construction is if and when that building is required to be demolished. Obviously with the demolishing of the building, most, if not all, the asbestos will be released into the atmosphere as dust, potentially being able to adversely affect many people in the area. For this reason, when a building is due to be demolished, a company like the one mentioned above, is called in to supervise the removal of or actually remove the asbestos elements safely and without hazard. All materials then thought to contain elements of asbestos, must then be handles and disposed of in accordance with strict regulations.
If you are unsure if your property contains any elements of asbestos, contact one of these specialist companies to carry out tests so that you know exactly what, if any, hazards you are unwittingly exposing your family to.