Asbestos was once the most popular building material, that was back in the 1950s and it stayed on the top until the early 80s. The reasons why it was widely used was because of its amazing insulating, soundproofing, and fireproofing capabilities, and when it was mixed with other construction materials, it can give them additional strength and resilience. Unfortunately, asbestos was found out to be highly carcinogenic.
If you want to find out more about this highly hazardous substance, here are some of the most important things that you need to know:
What makes asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is actually pretty safe, as long as it is still in good condition and it is well-maintained. The problem is when they start to get old and deteriorate that they become dangerous because this is when they will release microscopic fibers into the air.
These fibers are so small that they can easily be launched into the air even with just a little bit of agitation, and because they are so small, they can easily be inhaled by people. When these harmful fibers are breathed in, they get stuck on the inner lining of the lungs; and they will cause scar tissue to form over them and make the lungs function improperly. In most cases, these scars also develop into lung cancer and mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused only by asbestos.
Can you DIY asbestos removal?
The question should be “should you even do it?” because you can, it is just not really advisable that you do, considering the hazardous property of asbestos. One wrong move and you can potentially send hundreds of millions of asbestos fibers into the air straight to your face and into your lungs; and this is where they will stay for many years and develop into serious illnesses.
Another reason why you should not even attempt asbestos removal on your own is because it is illegal for regular homeowners to do so. Asbestos is a hazardous substance, and it should be handled with the utmost care, and you will need a special permit to continue with the project. If the authorities catch you recklessly handling this very dangerous material, the least that could happen is that you will be heavily fined, or maybe even sentenced to hours of community service.
How much does professional asbestos removal cost?
Different companies charge different rates for their services, but the average costs are around $30,000 per 1,000 square meters more or less, but this is still subject to the extent of the contamination. The company that you hire should have their own inspectors because they will give you some suggestions on how you can keep the costs down to manageable levels; for instance, you can just settle to containing the asbestos instead of eliminating it; this will not only minimize the expenses, it will also make sure that your house does not get too out of control.
If you are looking for a good asbestos removal company, then you should give us a try. We have helped residents from different cities like Sydney, Wollongong, and Paramatta to make their homes completely safe for their families. We also require our workers to always use the correct safety gear and equipment, so their lives and health are not really at risk and that they are completely safe. We can guarantee that you will also be one of our extremely satisfied customers once we are through with your house.
For more information about our company and how we can be of service, visit our website and leave us a message; we will be more than happy to help you.
Absolute Environmental Services
38 Thorn St Pennant Hills, NSW, 2120, Australia
0425 257 142, (02) 9484 7313