Asbestos was once thought of as a miracle product. Its excellent fire-retardant properties made it an extremely popular component of many building materials. Unfortunately, after decades of widespread use, it was discovered to cause lung disease and cancer in people who were regularly exposed to asbestos fibres.
Unless it is disturbed, asbestos poses very little risk. However, if the building material containing the asbestos begins to break down, or you actively cut, sand, or grind it, asbestos can become airborne and dangerous. Therefore, if you’re planning to start any DIY project, you should ensure the areas you’re working on are asbestos-free.
Is my house likely to contain asbestos?
If your home was built before the 1990s, it might contain materials that incorporate asbestos, especially if it is an older building.
Common areas where asbestos may be present include:
- Cement cladding and roofing
- Floor tile and vinyl backing
- Thermal insulation board (e.g., fireplace surrounds)
- Ceiling tiles
- Spray-on ceiling and wall textures
- Pipe and hot water cylinder insulation
- Spouting and drainage
- Plaster and plaster cornice adhesive
If you plan to renovate your property, you will need to get the asbestos professionally removed from the affected areas before you can safely start work.
How do I check for asbestos?
The only way to ensure your home is asbestos-free is to engage the services of a qualified building inspector. They will be able to give you a comprehensive report outlining the areas of your home that contain asbestos and whether any of them present an imminent risk.
Whether you want to renovate your home, confirm it is asbestos-free before you list it for sale, or simply check that it is ageing safely, contact the team at Innohome for a fast and accurate inspection.