If you live in a relatively old home, maybe built in the 70s or 80s, then there is a good chance that you have asbestos in several parts of your home. Way back before asbestos was found out to be a carcinogen, it was used in a wide variety of building materials like insulation, it also came in sheets for use on walls and ceilings, and they also were used in roof shingles and floor tiles. You can actually create an entire house from asbestos; which is bad news if you think about it.
The list of sicknesses that is linked to asbestos poisoning is long and harrowing. You can get severe respiratory ailments, lung cancer, and a specific kind of cancer called mesothelioma, that is only caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. This potential for causing chronic ailments is the reason why countries all over the world have banned the use and mining of asbestos; Australia implemented a total ban on the material almost ten years ago. But even though asbestos is banned now, that does not eliminate the problem that houses built before the ban still contained harmful amounts of asbestos.
Depending on the level of contamination, asbestos removal services can run from $5000 to $10,000, which is why a lot of people are seriously considering to do the task themselves. There are actually asbestos removal kits that can be bought online that will allow the homeowner to try and get rid of the hazardous material, but these kits are rudimentary at best and does not even provide enough protection against inhalation of the asbestos fibers. And, if were unfortunate enough to inhale some asbestos, then you are looking at tens of thousands of dollars in hospital fees and medication; this will make you wish that you did not even try illegal asbestos removal.
The truth is even if try to do the asbestos removal yourself, there is no guarantee that you will completely get rid of all the asbestos contaminated materials in your home; there might even be a chance that you will only damage parts of your house that does not even contain asbestos. Professional asbestos removal companies employ a lot of different tests to determine which parts of the house actually contains dangerously high levels of asbestos, this way the damage will be kept to a minimum, while also making sure that all traces of asbestos is taken care of.
Removal of asbestos from your home is not the only thing that you have to worry about; you also need to dispose of the waste properly. The law states that all hazardous materials should be placed in airtight plastic containers and then transported to the right disposal facility. If you just place them in plastic bags and throw them in the dumpster, you will only get a citation from your local health office for handling hazardous waste without a license.
There are many reasons why you should not even attempt illegal asbestos removal; not only are you putting your health at risk, you may even end up spending a lot more money than needed. So, when you need asbestos removal, then you should just hire a professional company like ours to do it for you. We can guarantee that all of the health-threatening asbestos will all get removed safely and properly. If you live in the Sydney area or in any the neighboring towns, then you should not hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can schedule a site inspection to find out the extent and urgency of your asbestos problem.