How to identify asbestos
Asbestos- What is it and How to best handle it.
Everybody knows the danger risk of Asbestos to our health. DIY renovators need to be aware and dispose correctly.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural occurring fibrous silicate material. It was widely used in building materials before mid-1980s due to its ability to withstand heat, erosion and its resistance to fire and water.
James Hardie Industries Ltd played a major role in mining and manufacturing of Asbestos building materials throughout the 20th century.
So if you’ve bought an old house and thinking of renovation, please be aware Asbestos might be present in places such as behind bathroom tiles, corrugated roof tiles, flat fibros cement sheet, drainage…
There are 2 main types of Asbestos manufactured products: Bonded and Friable
where Asbestos fibrous are mixed with another material to bind or bond them together within the material. Eg: cement fibrous sheet.
materials which can be crumbled, or is in powder form. This type of Asbestos product can ONLY be removed by a licensed Asbestos Removalist.
How to identify Asbestos?
There’s no easy way to identify the present of Asbestos in building materials, unless under microscopic examination. However, if you are renovating old homes, there’s a big chance that your home contained some kind of Asbestos. Bonded asbestos have some white fibrous in between. If you want to be sure, have your home inspected by Asbestos professional consultant.
What to do when you suspect Asbestos present?
In NSW, with safety cautions, home owners are allowed to remove up to a maximum of 10 square meters of bonded asbestos.
Asbestos should be removed as whole. Do not drill, break, cut, or burry in your backyard.
Wet asbestos wastes, then wrap in thick plastic bags provided, Aline Movers skip bins will transport to a nearby lawful Asbestos waste landfill.