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The Hidden Dangers – Asbestos

Wondering if your home has any hidden nasties lurking behind the walls or under the floor? Asbestos Removals Marlborough takes a look at identifying asbestos and what to do if you suspect you have a problem.

Asbestos was once deemed a miracle material in the building and manufacturing sectors. This naturally occurring mineral is made up of flexible fibres that are incredibly heat and flame resistant. It is also resistant to corrosion and even electricity. Plus, it’s a good insulator and can easily be added to paper, cement, and a whole list of other materials to allow them to become stronger. With all these benefits you can understand that many homes were being built and renovated using this material. It was so popular it was once used in all building insulations, garden supplies, adhesives and glues, brake shoes, and children’s crayons.

By the 1970s, however, it was crystal clear. This wondrous flame-resistant fibre was highly toxic and causing cancer and debilitating illness. Today, asbestos is widely banned in the use of many products with Governments across the globe taking large steps to ensure the eradication of this toxic fibre.

Could I have asbestos in my home?

Homes that were built between 1950 and 2000 are likely to contain some asbestos, this also includes any homes that have enjoyed any renovations during this time. Many unsuspecting homeowners are discovering that their homes could contain asbestos, which could come as a bit of a shock.

However, as long as the asbestos is intact and has not become airborne, the dangers are very low. Asbestos Removals Marlborough advises all homeowners and investors to ensure they take the time to understand and identify this toxic fibre and seek professional advice, before undertaking any renovations.

Common Asbestos:

  • Around water pipes

  • Cement cladding

  • Corrugated Super 6 roofs

  • Decromastic roofs

  • Power boards

  • Vinyl flooring

  • Textured Ceilings & Linings

  • Plaster in ceilings and walls

  • Insulation tiles and panels

  • Asbestos backed floor coverings

  • Fireplace rope

Intact asbestos isn’t a problem, however, if this is disturbed causing the release of dust or fibres it can pose a serious risk to you and your family. The longer you are exposed to this deadly fibre, the greater the risk of developing a serious illness.

According to the Ministry of Health, asbestos is dangerous for various reasons. It is directly linked to causing cancer and asbestos-related disease including:

  • Scarring of the lungs (asbestosis)

  • Malignant tumours and cancers that develop around the lungs and intestine (mesothelioma)

  • Thickening of the membranes around the lungs (pleural plaques)

  • Cancer of the lung, larynx, and ovary.

Unfortunately, during many DIY home renovations, unsuspecting homeowners could be faced with possible asbestos contamination after unknowingly removing and disturbing this toxic fibre. Asbestos needs to be safely and correctly removed and disposed of to reduce the risk to others. In New Zealand, all extensive home renovations now require an asbestos check before the project begins. But the dangers still lurk even if you are just removing old worn vinyl or asbestos backed tiles. Once disturbed, this basic job could turn into a hazardous situation that could make you very sick.

Help! We think we have asbestos

If you suspect you have asbestos, it’s vital you call in the experts before you start removing anything. They will be able to test and confirm if you do have asbestos while also advising the best way forward in terms of removal and disposal. It’s also important to check that your chosen asbestos removalist is certified and qualified to undertake the job.

At Asbestos Removals Marlborough we are proud to be a highly trained and certified team who are passionate about keeping homes in the Marlborough region safe from Asbestos contamination. Our local specialists can help you identify, remove and dispose of your non-friable asbestos problem, and advise you of any concerns you may have. Take the stress and worry out of your asbestos removal, with a professional and highly qualified team.

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