Asbestos was used extensively in the 1970s and 1980s, but any building built up until 2001 has a risk of containing asbestos in its structure. Think your building has asbestos? Your best option is probably to remove it, as otherwise, it can cause a huge hazard. Here are some reasons why asbestos should be removed as soon as possible.
- Asbestos is extremely dangerous
Asbestos is dangerous because it only takes one small fibre in your lungs to cause a deadly disease called mesothelioma. This is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and chest wall, and it’s incredibly difficult to treat. Therefore, the best thing to do is to completely avoid all exposure to asbestos and ensure it’s removed by professionals, not touched by yourself. The worst thing about mesothelioma is that it often occurs decades after exposure, when people have forgotten that they were exposed to asbestos. There are also other conditions that can caused by exposure.
- Asbestos can stop you selling a property
Would you want to buy a property that has asbestos in it? Not many people would, so the presence of asbestos can lower property values, as well as keeping your property on the market for months and months. If you are planning to sell, it’s worth consulting with asbestos removal contractors Perth to get a quote. You can then decide whether to pay for it yourself, or pass the figure on to potential buyers so at least they know how much the cost of removal will be.
- When asbestos is damaged, it’s dangerous
Some asbestos companies will advise you to leave asbestos alone, as it’s only dangerous when disturbed. But it can very easily be disturbed by:
- Knocking it – for example, if a chair is knocked into a wall
- Shaking – asbestos can come loose over time because of people stomping on a floor or walls shaking
- Decorating – if you use tools on a wall with asbestos, for example when hanging a picture, this can disturb asbestos
It’s very easy to disturb asbestos, even if you’re careful, and at times even a small knock can cause fibres to come loose, which are hard to even see. You therefore may not even know you’re in danger.
Worried about asbestos? It’s no surprise, everyone has seen the headlines about how dangerous it is. Therefore, if you suspect your building has it, don’t delay, get a professional assessment and consider having it removed as soon as possible.