As an Australian, we’ve probably heard the word ‘asbestos’ a lot. Even though the use of asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003, you can probably still find it in your house or your commercial property. You cannot tell whether there is an asbestos material in your house or not since the asbestos fibres cannot be seen by the naked eyes. To find out more about asbestos and why you need an asbestos removal service, read the article below.
So, what is asbestos?
Asbestos is a collective name for a number of natural minerals consisting of microscopic small needle-like fibers. This mineral is quite easy to win, present in many parts of the world and widely applicable. The name is derived from Greek asbestos, which means “indestructible”.
And indeed, asbestos is very abrasion resistant, fireproof, acid-proof and insulating, in short: it has a number of attractive features and is also very cheap. Because of these good attributes, asbestos was used in the past – and even obligatory – applied.
Applications and types of asbestos
The most widely used species are white asbestos (chrysolite), blue asbestos (crocidolite) and brown asbestos (amosite). In 90% of the cases, it is white asbestos. This species belongs in the group characterized by spiral fibers, the so-called “serpentines”. The remaining asbestos types can be included in the group ‘amphibians’. The fibers of these species are more dangerous, as they are in the form of rods.
In addition to the distinction in serpentine or amphibian, there is a distinction in the way in which asbestos fibers are bound. For bonded asbestos materials, the fibers are firmly anchored in a support material. Bonded asbestos does not endanger as long as the material is insufficiently worn or improperly machined or removed. Non-bonded are the asbestos-containing materials in which the fibers are hardly bound to a carrier material. With non-adherent asbestos, the fibers can easily be released.
Examples of bonded applications are:
- Golf courses (roofs, floodplains and cv installations)
- decorative plating
- Convector slots and system walls
- Facade plates
- Window Bank
- Table tops
- Flower boxes
- Ventilation and ventilation boilers
- Cement covers, chimney pipes
- Sewage pipes
Examples of friable asbestos are:
- Mortar, kit gypsum
- Sealing cords
- Oven walls, gas boilers and central heating boilers
- Guidance insulation
- Heat warping mats, cloths and clothes
- Spraying soda
To get an impression of the high level of use of asbestos in Australia, the following is the case: about 70 kg of asbestos in all forms and applications has been impacted the adults there. It is estimated that about 3,500 different types of asbestos are contained in building materials in all over Australia.
Finally, if the material is actually asbestos, it can only be determined by laboratory examination using a material sample. At fractures and damage, the fibrous structure shows whether it is an asbestos suspicious material. The application, for example insulation, may be an indication (see the examples above), as well as the period in which the material is applied.
In most cases, when the asbestos materials have been damaged, you need to remove them to make sure that you eliminate the risk of asbestos fibres exposure completely.
Asbestos Removal Melbourne Services
If you believe that you have asbestos in your home, don’t disturb it! Asbestos is a high risk in the house when it is touched or disturbed in a way that it generates asbestos fibres. In most cases, the presence of asbestos materials in the house is no cause for panic if the material is in good condition. You can just leave the material if there is no sign of tear or wear there. As an example, internal asbestos cement ceilings that are coated with paint and that are in good condition do not pose a risk to human’s health.
Keep in mind: Inspect the suspected materials visually from time to time for damage and deterioration.
It is highly recommended that friable asbestos only be removed by a licensed asbestos removalist, as health risks associated with handling friable asbestos materials are far greater than handling non-friable asbestos. Only an A-class licensed asbestos removalist can remove friable and non-friable asbestos materials. While, a B class-licensed removalist can only remove non-friable or bonded asbestos materials.
Make sure you check the license of your hired removalist to make sure that he/she is eligible to remove the type of asbestos that is resided in your house. It is also important to check that they have a public liability insurance and excellent safety records.
Leave the job of asbestos removal Melbourne only to expert to make sure that your family and the people around you are safe from asbestos fibres exposure!