How to find out if your home or workplace has asbestos

2016-10-23

Living with asbestos can be stressful and harmful; even worse is when you don’t know if you are surrounded by this material. It can be anywhere in your house. The sad part is that you cannot see its fibres through your naked eyes.

So, how to find out if you are living with this devastating mineral?

The answer is rather simple. Call a licensed and government approved asbestos inspections Sydney company like us to get your home or workplace inspected. We will evaluate the entire area and if required, will take samples from suspected areas for testing them at an accredited laboratory. Without laboratory testing, it is impossible to accurately confirm the presence of asbestos and its condition. To confirm its presence, you have to get a sample tested at a NATA accredited laboratory.

But who should call up an asbestos inspections Sydney company?

We at Breath Easy Asbestos Removal suggest that almost anyone who owns or lives in a property that was constructed before or during the 1980s should get it inspected for determining the presence of this carcinogenic material. Some of the prominent areas where this mineral may be found are:

  • Asbestos cement roofing and shingles
  • Flooring including vinyl asbestos floor tiles, asphalt, etc. The backing and adhesive used in your flooring may also contain this material.
  • Acoustical ceiling tiles
  • Pipes of sewerage and drainage system can contain asbestos in its plaster
  • Patching or joint compound used at various places of your wall and ceiling
  • It may have been used as insulation for homes, hot water systems, steam pipes, etc.
  • Artificial ashes and ambers used at fireplace
  • Textured paint can also contain asbestos!
  • Door gaskets
  • Soundproofing material that could have been sprayed on the walls and ceilings.

This is just a rough list. The truth is that it can be found anywhere in and around your home and you cannot really identify it without getting it tested. However, an experienced and genuine asbestos inspections Sydney company like us would be able to tell you if sampling and testing is required or not. We know what to look for and where to look for. Being a dependable, government approved company, we will provide you genuine and accurate advice and if suspected, our technicians will carefully collect samples from the suspected areas to get them tested.

Do not cut, drill, dismantle, scrub, saw, or demolish any suspected area until it is tested. You may invite a serious problem. Asbestos is harmful only when it is airborne i.e. when the fibres are released in the air. This happens when the asbestos containing area or material is damaged or disturbed. If it isn’t, there is nothing to worry. You can safely stay or work at a place that has asbestos used in its construction if the material is in an undisturbed state. Our technicians can closely examine the state of this material and would be able to provide you the most genuine advice.

Don’t live in fear. Don’t ignore the presence of this mineral. To stay safe, call us at 02 8093 5461 for evaluating your home.