What Areas Of Your Home Might Be At Risk?
Across Perth, it has been noted that about 60% of production and 90% of consumption of asbestos fibres took place within the asbestos cement manufacturing field. May of these building materials are actually still in use today.
The materials were pretty cheap and durable, being used extensively throughout the building industry. Just after World War II and until 1954 across New South Wales, about 70,000 homes were built while using asbestos cement. This accounts for 52% of all of the houses that were built. Until the 1960s, 25% of the housing was put together with asbestos cement across Australia. Just in Victoria alone, it has been recorded that about 98% of the homes that were made prior to 1976 were made with asbestos products, such as asbestos sheeting. 20% of all domestic roofing at that time contained asbestos as well.
Even though asbestos has not been used to make domestic building materials since the 80s, it wasn’t until December 2003 that all of the products containing asbestos were actually banned in Australia. It is now illegal to store, supply, import, install, sell or use any of these asbestos materials. However, the band does not include any of the asbestos that was installed in houses and other structures prior to December 2003.
Because of this, you will usually find that if your home was either built or renovated before 1990, the chances are good that it contains some kind of asbestos building product, such as asbestos cement sheeting. This is a dangerous product and should only be removed by a Perth asbestos removal company.
How Do You Know If You Have Asbestos?
It can be difficult to determine if you have asbestos present simply by looking at it. As a rule, some building materials that were installed prior to the late 80s could contain asbestos. The only way that you can be completely certain is to have a sampling of the material looked at by a laboratory.
By simply contacting the NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) to find a laboratory in your area, you can get professional results for identifying asbestos. Call 03 9329 1633 or just visit www.nata.asn.au. Confirmation should always be available before taking on any sort of renovation, maintenance of demolition at your property.
If you are not willing to take on the expense of testing, the material should automatically be treated as if it officially contains asbestos. In this case you need to get it removed by a professional – click here to view more about our services in doing this.
Do New Building Materials Have Asbestos?
Since December 2003, any asbestos products have been completely banned throughout the country. It is also illegal to store, import, sell, install, supply or re-use any materials containing asbestos. The ban will not apply to anything with asbestos that has been installed prior to this particular date.
Since the 1980s, asbestos has not been used in any domestic building materials. Now, cellulose fibers are used instead of asbestos and other non-asbestos fibers like glass are now used for insulation products. The manufacturers still warn that there could be other side effects, including irritation of the skin and throat, can still occur from the dust that is created during the cutting of these fibrous products.
Kinds Of Asbestos Products
There are two different kinds of materials that were using for housing construction that were known to contain asbestos:
Bonded Asbestos (tightly bound)
These bonded asbestos materials had a percentage of asbestos fibers that were embedded in a matrix of hardened cement and are the most widely used asbestos product for residential housing.
Loosely Bound Asbestos
These materials were using found in commercial or industrial settings instead of residential properties. They were often used for sound proofing, fire proofing and installation. For the most part, glass fibers have taken the place of asbestos in the insulation products that are used today.