What to Do if You Have Asbestos in Your Perth Property

Posted: 27th April 2014

Asbestos is a naturally fibrous mineral that is commonly used as a fireproofing or as building material in Western Australia from 1970s to 1980s. Though asbestos is considered to be a good construction material because of its fire and chemical resistance, asbestos can pose great hazard to human health.

Asbestos is known to be friable. That means it can easily break into very tiny particles, which are invisible to the human eye. They can stay suspended in the air where one can easily inhale them. Prevalent exposure to asbestos can lead to serious diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma, which is aggressive and often fatal. It is then very important that you understand what you should and should not do if you fear there is asbestos problem in your Perth or Western Australian building.

One of the precautionary steps you should do is to regularly check asbestos-containing materials (ACM) for any signs of breakage. These include inspecting whether there are any missing sections or damage. If it turns out that if the asbestos materials are intact, experts highly advise not removing them at all. As long as asbestos minerals are left untouched and undisturbed, fibres will not be released in the air, which, in turn, will not cause immediate hazards.

However, if Asbestos materials are apparently wearing out or damaged, you should consult with a licensed asbestos removal firm for your asbestos needs. You should ask trained professionals to do the necessary repairs. These include proper insulation around pipes, boilers, tanks, or ducts. You should also restrict access to these areas to people that may accidentally be exposed to asbestos.

Aside from having major repairs to asbestos material, other methods you can use to prevent the release of asbestos fibres are encapsulation of a liquid compound that provides a strong seal and enclosure with an airtight impermeable barrier around the material.

Can You Remove It by Yourself?

No, it is illegal to remove asbestos by yourself in Western Australia in areas of over 10m2. Instead, contact an asbestos removal professional such as KBE Contracting. With more than 25 years’ experience and a proper license, it is the best asbestos contractor to take care of its removal in Perth and Western Australia. You can call or e-mail for free quote. An asbestos professional may also visit your property for a complete survey as well as offer a realistic quote.