Why is Asbestos testing and sampling important?
Because asbestos materials are so prevalent in Australian homes, it is extremely important to carry out asbestos testing before any renovation or demolition work commences, or if there are any areas of the home starting to degrade (such as in old sheds, basement or attic areas). Not only is it illegal to remove certain types and amounts of asbestos yourself, but it creates a huge health risk to your family, neighbours and yourself if you begin messing with materials that may contain asbestos.
Asbestos Removals Australia (ARA) are licensed professionals who can comprehensively test and check your Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Northern NSW property to accurately identify where any asbestos may be contained. ARA can then provide the right advice, should asbestos be found in your home, to ensure the dangerous material is removed safely and legally. Even the smallest exposure to asbestos can lead to severe respiratory illnesses, such as lung cancer, so testing your property for asbestos is the best way to secure peace of mind that you and your family are safe from danger.
What is involved in testing Asbestos?
Testing for asbestos involves taking a small sample of the suspicious material and conducting laboratory tests to determine whether it contains asbestos and, if so, which type of asbestos is present. These tests can be carried out by the home owner, but it is advisable that a professional asbestos remover conducts the testing to ensure optimum safety.
Where can I find asbestos?
The most common places where this deadly material can be found are window and door seals, property insulation, concrete or wood adhesion, and vintage furniture. It can also be contained in:
- Gaskets and rope seals
- Heat proof cloth
- Low-density fibre boards
- Vinyl sheeting
- Soffits, fascia’s & gables
This is by no means an exhaustive list, as manufacturers took advantage of the material’s various qualities and used it in several applications in buildings. Asbestos can be found in the most unlikely places, so it is important not to rule anything out and to instead trust a professional to inspect your property if you suspect that you may have asbestos.
Why is it important to conduct soil sampling?
Due to substandard practices and instances of people trying to remove asbestos themselves, some asbestos fibres get lost in the air and eventually drop on the ground. These bits and pieces of asbestos settle on the soil and are released again into the environment when disturbed.
One of the dangers of asbestos is the confidence you have that it is not present in your current surroundings. When you feel assurance your kids can run around on the ground free from any exposure to asbestos, then it endangers them further. Children often let their curiosity get the better of them and this includes trying to play and enjoy the soil around your garden. Just a few seconds of asbestos fibre inhalation can start the process of damaging the lungs over a long period of time.
Asbestos Removals Australia are quality providers of services that test your house environment and surroundings for any indication of the presence of asbestos. They also have the proper training and equipment to deal with removal and disposal of even of large amounts of asbestos. During the procedure, the air is tested and the data is then analysed for efficient treatment.
The soil around your house is susceptible to having asbestos accumulated from years of not being inspected. To ensure the safety of your health, let professionals do the job while you wait. The same concept also applies to residents who own farms and other large areas of land.
How to arrange asbestos testing and sampling?
At Asbestos Removals Australia, we are only a phone call away, or you can email us at [email protected] to arrange for us to perform asbestos testing for your Brisbane or Gold Coast property.