Three Times You Should Schedule an Asbestos Inspection

Asbestos-containing materials are present in many old homes in Australia and, if disturbed, can pose a danger to your family's health. However, if left undisturbed, they are generally not dangerous. This guide explains three situations in which you should get a professional asbestos inspection, from moving into an older house to starting a renovation project.

You've Just Moved into an Older Home

Many older houses were built with asbestos products before it was known that they were harmful. You may have been told about the asbestos prior to buying your house, or it may be a surprise—but either way, it's best to know which elements and areas of your home contain asbestos. Asbestos Awareness explains that if your new home was built or renovated before 1987, it is very likely it was built with products containing asbestos, while homes built between 1987 and 1990 may also contain asbestos. Later homes are unlikely to contain asbestos materials. Find out when your home was built, and schedule an appointment to find out exactly where the asbestos is and what condition it is in.

You're Worried That Asbestos Has Been Disturbed

Asbestos products were used in many different parts of a house, both inside and outside. Asbestos Awareness also offers a comprehensive list, including drainage pipes, garages, vinyl flooring and tiles, internal walls and ceilings and fireplace flues. If any of these items become damaged, fibres can break off and then be breathed in by your family, causing a risk to their health. If any item that contains asbestos (or that you suspect contains asbestos) becomes damaged due to weather conditions, accidents or even simple wear and tear, it's best to schedule an asbestos inspection to find out how bad the damage is and what you should do next.

You're Planning a Home Renovation Project

Renovating your home can be rewarding, especially if you've moved into an older house. However, home renovations can disturb asbestos, causing the tiny fibres to break off. If you know your home contains asbestos and you're planning a big renovation project, such as a new kitchen or converted attic, it's worth getting an inspection to discuss your risks and options. This is also the case if you're going to be getting rid of carpets or flooring that contain asbestos. You may or may not need to have your asbestos professionally removed, but getting an inspection is the first step towards finding out.

Whether you're worried that bad weather has disturbed asbestos or simply want a brand new kitchen, getting an asbestos inspection is a great way to set your mind at rest and assess your options going forward.

Contact a company that conducts asbestos inspections to learn more.