How To Prepare Your Home For Asbestos Removal Brisbane Asbestos Guide


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Asbestos products were commonly used in Australias industrial and commercial settings for insulation, fireproofing and soundproofing since the early eighties. These products were also used in some houses especially those built before the year 1990.


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How To Prepare Your Home For Asbestos Removal Brisbane Asbestos Guide

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Asbestos products were commonly used in Australias industrial and commercial settings for insulation fireproofing and soundproofing since the early eighties. These products were also used in some houses especially those built before the year 1990. The asbestos products were commonly used due to their fire resistant good insulation and durability properties. After the discovery of the health risks that asbestos posed they were banned and it is that ban that makes it necessary for people to remove any material in their homes that could contain asbestos fibres. The process of asbestos removal is governed by some set guidelines that touch on its identification handling transport and disposal. There are also some guidelines that ought to be followed when one is preparing their home for asbestos removal and below are some of them. Identifying Asbestos in Your Home If you suspect that your home could be having some materials that contain the dangerous asbestos fibres the first step to undertake would be to find a licensed contractor like iasbestosremovalbrisbane to remove them. The law only allows licensed contractors to remove or break any material that may contain asbestos. It is easy to find such licensed contractors as you would only need to check them out in the yellow pages under the asbestos removal and treatment section.

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Normally there are two types of asbestos namely bonded asbestos and fibrous asbestos. The bonded type of asbestos refers to asbestos that has been bonded with either resin or cement thereby making it stable. If such asbestos is left undisturbed then the health risks involved with such are lower. The fibrous asbestos takes the form of a fibrous or dusty form meaning that the asbestos has been crumbled to powder. This forms the dangerous type of asbestos and this type is best handled by the licensed contractors. From the above explanation it is clear that identifying asbestos by way of sight is quite hard. It is for this reason that a general rule about the period within which the houses were built was coined. If a house was built Before mid 1980s then it has a high likeliness of containing asbestos materials Between 1980s and the year 1990 high likeness of containing asbestos materials After the 1990s highly unlikely to contain these asbestos materials The products and places where asbestos are more likely to be found in the homes include the following:  Ceiling tiles  Bitumen flat or corrugated roofing materials  Carpet underlay  Insulation around electrical equipment and pipes  Fire proofing around ducts and flues  Water tanks rainwater pipes and gutters  Vinyl flooring and thermoplastic floor tiles  Wall cladding  Roofing insulation  Spray-on soundproofing or insulation  Fencing

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Likely Situations when Householders can be exposed to Asbestos There are some scenarios when householders are more likely to get exposed to asbestos. In most cases it is often as a result of wear and tear accidental damage to materials that contain asbestos at home asbestos containing materials being handled unsafely and during the carrying out of some minor house maintenance procedures. In addition to these using high-pressure water jets or cleaning equipment power tools for grinding drilling and sawing could cause damage to asbestos material leading to exposure. How to prepare your Home for asbestos removal Before any asbestos removal work is carried out at your home ensure that you have prepared your home well in order to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure to the minimum. It is advisable to first of all gauge the amount of work that will be done and check whether you can handle that task on your own or you would require finding the services of a licensed contractor to remove the asbestos. The latter is the most advisable way of ensuring that asbestos material is removed from your home in the safest way possible. In case you decide to do it yourself then it is highly advisable to ensure that you get all the necessary equipment required for the job well in advance. This equipment would include personal protective equipments like respirators and disposable protective clothing. This equipment will be

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easily found in most safety and hardware equipment suppliers. It would be possible to find them via yellow pages or other online business directories.  Ventilation It would be important to ensure that the area of your home that you will be working on will be well ventilated during the whole process of removing asbestos related materials. This could be done by ensuring that all external doors and windows of the house are left open to maximize the houses ventilation. If possible it is advisable to open in an open air area but extreme caution ought to be taken to ensure that the weather will not be windy at all.  Wetting Down the material In order to keep the risk of exposure to the harmful asbestos fibres ensure that you have wet down your material properly by spraying its surfaces with water lightly. The surfaces can be sprayed with water in the rations of 1:10 that is polyvinyl acetate PVA: water using a low-pressured garden hose. The material ought to be kept wet up until it is well packed ready to be transported far away from the house.  Use of power Tools Ensure that you do not use high powered tools especially the hand held tools like a hand saw guillotine or a drill that is hand powered. These tools could lead to asbestos materials breaking up and disintegrating into small pieces which would then give rise to dust. It is important to ensure that

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these tools are kept safely away so as to avoid the risk of anyone using them inside the house during this crucial moment.  Other precautions It is also advisable to ensure that you isolate the parts of the house that will be undergoing the removal of asbestos materials from the rest of the house. This can be done by having all internal doors being closed and sealed. The floor should also be covered with a plastic sheeting that is heavy-duty in order for it to catch offcuts debris and dust. If the work will be done outdoors ensure that you inform your neighbors to enable them seal off their doors and windows as well as air vents to prevent the dangerous asbestos fibres from getting into their homes. Lastly it is always advisable to ensure that all members of your family or house members are as far away from the area as possible until a time when the removal of asbestos materials gets complete. All the above are some of the safety precautions one has to take on their homes during the process of removing asbestos from it. They are really important as they eradicate the chances of asbestos exposure to the people due to the dire effects they pose to the human health. It is important to ensure that al of them are followed religiously if one wants to stay asbestos fibres - free.

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Relevant Reference link: prevention-safety/asbestos/asbestos-removal-and-licensing/asbestos iAsbestos Removal Brisbane Published this article their contact info. is as follows:  Address: 6/18 Torbey Street Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109  Phone: 07 3102 3215  Email:  Website:

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