Asbestos seems like a thing of the past to many Australian's, and while it is banned from use in construction now, it still exists in many forms across the country. This can come as quite a shock, especially if you live in an older home that is at risk of having asbestos in the materials. However, asbestos removal is very simple to organise so there is nothing to worry about. All you need to do is call for an inspection and here are a few reasons you might want to do so even if you originally thought your home was safe; it never hurts to double-check.
Renovations Could Have Involved Asbestos
If the original owner of the property that you bought from was adamant that no asbestos was used in the construction of the building then they are probably right. They might have checked their original material manifests and saw there was no sign of asbestos, but what they probably didn't consider was the possibility of asbestos in renovations since that initial construction. If they ever replaced insulation or added new roofing tiles then there is a chance they put in asbestos-laden components without knowing, so always get older homes and businesses inspected.
You Use Sheds and External Fixtures
Asbestos was not just used in the construction of main buildings, but virtually everything. It is a very useful component in that it is strong, lightweight, cheap and fire-resistant. If it wasn't for the fact it was extremely toxic to humans it would still be one of the most popular ingredients in a whole range of materials to this day. If you have a shed or external garage that is quite old then even though your home might be safe, there could be a chance these older buildings have some traces of asbestos in them that need to be removed.
When picturing asbestos you might think of the loose asbestos that you see in pictures that are generally found in insulation. While that is certainly the easiest form of asbestos to spot, there is another type that is much more insidious called bonded asbestos. This is when asbestos is used as one part of a larger component, such as the aforementioned roofing tiles. So while you may have had your insulation checked for asbestos and come up clear, you probably didn't have your flooring or roofing checked. That is one way in which asbestos stays hidden for so long, and why you should consider hiring an asbestos removal company to conduct an inspection.