What to do if you find Asbestos in your home?

Understanding Asbestos in Homes

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in the construction industry for its fire-resistant and insulating properties until the late 1980s. Despite being banned in many countries, asbestos-containing materials can still be found in many homes today, particularly in those built before the 1990s. 

Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health risks, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. 

As such, proper management and removal of Asbestos are essential to maintaining a safe and healthy home.

Identifying Asbestos in Your Home

Asbestos can be found in a wide range of building materials, including insulation, roofing, flooring, and cement products. It is often not visible to the naked eye, making it difficult to identify without proper testing. If you suspect your home may contain Asbestos, it is essential to seek professional help to conduct a thorough inspection and test any suspected materials.

Assessing the Risk of Asbestos in Your Home

Not all asbestos-containing materials pose the same risk of exposure. The type of Asbestos, condition of the material, and potential for disturbance are all factors that can affect the risk level. Understanding the different types of Asbestos and conducting a risk assessment can help you determine the best course of action for managing or removing Asbestos in your home.

Managing Asbestos in Your Home

Depending on what you intend on doing with the area/property, you will either need to have a refurb survey (if making significant refurbishments to the property) or have a sample taken of the suspect area to move forward in removing/managing. There are different types of Asbestos, and the type of Asbestos will dictate the risk and removal method.