If you are wondering why there are so many houses that contain asbestos even though it is known to cause cancer, it is because people did not know about that very important fact a couple of decades ago; it was in fact regarded as one of the most useful construction materials ever found. This is why homes that are built prior to the 1980’s (the time when asbestos use was totally banned) contained significant amounts of asbestos.
Asbestos In Different Parts Of An Old House
As mentioned before, asbestos can be found in the different parts of an old house. Asbestos can usually be found within the walls because of its excellent soundproofing and insulating qualities, but it can also be found mixed into your floor and wall tiles, ceiling boards, even the shingles on your roof may contain asbestos; that just goes to show how popular it really was. If you are ever unfortunate enough to live in a house wherein almost every part contains asbestos, then you are in very deep trouble and you may need to consider hiring a professional asbestos removal company.
There are some people who think that they can get rid of the asbestos themselves and in the process save a lot of money, but more often than not, they end up spending a lot more money than they first thought. Asbestos removal may seem like a simple project, but in reality it is not that easy to do. If you think that taking out the asbestos that is in different parts of your home is as simple as dismantling them and walking them out the door, then you thought wrong.
The Risks Involve in Asbestos Removal
If you just go and recklessly break apart all of the asbestos-containing parts of your home, then you are unwittingly releasing millions of microscopic fibers into the air; and these are the ones that you really have to be careful with. If you accidentally inhale these fibers, they will lodge themselves onto the lining of your lungs and this will cause scar tissue to form around them. Excessive scarring of the lungs can lead to various respiratory illnesses, and they are also known to cause cancer as well.
Besides the health risks involved in asbestos removal, you should also know that it is actually illegal for a regular homeowner to handle asbestos because it is a hazardous material, and you will need a special permit from the government to do so; and they are not easy to get a hold of. If you are caught doing asbestos removal without a permit, you will be charged for endangering the lives of the people who live near your home which will usually result in a rather large fine and maybe even some time in jail.
If the thought of placing your health at risk and a possibility of serving some time in jail does not please you, then you should just let professional companies like ours to handle the asbestos removal for you. We can make sure that our lives are not in immediate danger because we have a team of highly-skilled workers in our staff who use only the latest safety gear and equipment, and we also make sure that the asbestos that we cart out of your home will be properly handled and disposed of; no one will be placed in unnecessary danger. You can ask all of our past clients if you want, and they will all say the same thing; that we helped make their homes safe once again. So, if you suspect that your old house may contain dangerous amounts of asbestos, then you should get in touch with our company for professional asbestos abatement and removal.
Absolute Environmental Services
38 Thorn St Pennant Hills, NSW, 2120, Australia
0425 257 142, (02) 9484 7313