Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Removal: A Crucial Step To Avoid Serious Health Damage

Ian Mutuli
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Living in a house built in the 1980s can increase the possibility that you may get exposed to asbestos during renovation times. Asbestos was widely used in construction material, but when further research warned the government about its health hazards, it banned it in the 1990s.

However, banning it can't remove asbestos from the existing materials. For its removal, you may need to make some serious efforts. Therefore, testing your building for asbestos removal is crucial before starting the renovation. Before moving further, you must know what asbestos material exactly is.

What Is Asbestos And Its Uses?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring material composed of a thin fiber structure. It's a combination of six different materials. In the past, constructers primarily used this material for insulation because of its solid characteristics and anti-flaming properties. Therefore, asbestos is vastly used in various aspects, like:

  • Heavy industry construction
  • Shipbuilding
  • Military services

However, the asbestos exposure can cause several severe health issues like:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural Plaques
  • Asbestosis

 The bad news is exposure to asbestos shows symptoms after 20 to 50 years, while the acknowledgment of exposure and early screening can save the lives of your loved ones.

                                                                           Figure 1. Asbestos material

Potential Reasons for Asbestos Removal

1. Vast Exposure to Asbestos

Recent studies show that over 90 thousand people worldwide lose their lives because of asbestos-related diseases. Sadly, asbestos material is not banned all across the world. Over 60 countries banned this hazardous material, but it's not banned in the US. Another study reveals that over 30 million commercial and residential buildings contain an enormous amount of asbestos.

2. A Health Disaster Material

The importance of home cleaning for asbestos removal is crucial because of its health dangers. Asbestos fibers can leave your health in a fatal condition. Removing asbestos by a certified company can put you in a state of peace; you and your loved ones are safe.

Therefore, asbestos removal is an essential part of renovation or construction projects. It's critical to clean the contaminated area before further proceedings.

                                                                            Figure 2. Asbestos removal

7 Tips for Asbestos Removal

Asbestos in good conditions and, if left undisturbed, is not hazardous to health. However, one should take serious measures, especially when exposed to asbestos for home or kitchen renovations.

  1. Before removing asbestos, you must plan what to do and how the process will work.
  2. Make sure you have a place and equipment for proper disposal of asbestos material. 
  3. Being the homeowner may not restrict you from removing asbestos from the house, but one should comply with the disposal requirement.
  4. Remember that your family and neighbors may get the effect when planning its removal. Try to ensure the precautions you take to secure your surroundings.
  5. Seeking advice from a licensed asbestos removalist can be proficient for you.
  6. Do wear a PPE suit while removing asbestos.
  7. Wrap all the asbestos material with care while removing it.

Wrapping Up

Taking care of asbestos exposure during construction or renovations is essential to avoid severe health conditions. Removing this hazardous material on your own or seeking professional help is beneficial. While seeking professional help, Asbestology Brisbane stands out. Over the 20 years of experience and dedicated quality control team is our specialty. We promise the 100% removal of asbestos from your home, leaving you in a stress-free environment. However, if asbestos is in good condition, it's recommended not to touch those areas during the renovation or construction.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.