Don’t Panic or Cancel your Renovation Plan When Asbestos Found

Couple Tips to Deal with Asbestos

When asbestos disturb your perfect renovation plan you been planned long time ago, don’t be panic. Maybe you want to cancel your renovation to make your family safe from exposure you get in renovation, but i will say that it is not necessary, simply go deal with it even though risks associated with asbestos can make most people nervous. Here couple tips for you to deal with it.

Contact Professionals

The first and best tip on this list is to contact the pros, remember to look at their credentials and don’t be afraid to compare specialists. Sometimes the best way to know if the removalists are any good is to look at past customer experiences, did they make it easy and stress-free for the parties involved? Were they prompt and timely? How much did it cost? Do they offer more than just removal? Are they in contact with other competent contractors? And remember to put their contractors under the same scrutiny to ensure the best results. For your information, the cost of asbestos removal is varied. If you live in Western Australia, for example, asbestos removal in Mandurah will cost you different from Brisbane or Adelaide.

Learn What it is

Asbestos is a highly fibrous material that was used in construction within Australia up until the mid-1980’s to 2003. The ban of asbestos was implemented because of its adverse health risks to the general public when broken or damaged asbestos releases fibres into the air which when inhaled into the lungs cause abrasions and scarring which can lead to diseases decades after inhalation. These diseases are all chronic and incurable, so the key to asbestos diseases is the prevention of inhalation. You can found asbestos in part of your house like wall, floors, roofs, sealants and piping.

asbestos on wall sheet

How Its Disposed

Asbestos is a high class disposal item. This means that the normal methods of disposing of our trash do not work with asbestos. Asbestos is to be wrapped in airtight plastic before transport and disposal to ensure that it doesn’t become airborne and pose a health risk. Many local dumps will have an asbestos section, unlike some trash you generally have to pay for asbestos disposal, this can be expensive depending on the weight of the amount and the asbestos you are getting rid of. Because the asbestos needs to be completely sealed in cement so to cover these costs they charge for disposal, Dumps generally charge for asbestos removal. Because it doesn’t break down very easily like normal trash, asbestos needs to be disposed in this manner. Illegal dumping of asbestos is highly fined in Australia because of the risks it poses to the public, if asbestos disposal bags are broken the wind can pick up the asbestos fibres and carry them into public places.

Know Your Asbestos Renovation Options

Many people don’t know that removal isn’t the only option for dealing with asbestos! Believe it or not, there are actually multiple options, Such as:

  • Leaving the Asbestos- Believe it or not, some asbestos can be left alone. If the asbestos is in good condition and intact, then it poses no risk or harm to you. Keep in mind, asbestos is only dangerous when the fibres are airborne and can be inhaled. However, it is suggested, if you choose this option, to check on the asbestos regularly and be extra careful around it to ensure no breakages or damage. This might not be an option for you if the asbestos is in the way of a renovation project.


  • Enclosure- Enclosing the asbestos involves a certified professional enclosing the asbestos in a sealed container to ensure no fibres are released into the air to be inhaled. This is not a long-term option for people generally as the structure can get in the way of your day to day life. This is a good option if the asbestos is dangerous and you need to be on the property if you want to think over your options or have to acquire the money for another option.


  • Encapsulation- Encapsulating asbestos involves a professional using a sealant to seal the asbestos both on the surface and within the asbestos to ensure that if the asbestos is broken that the fibres will remain bonded and not become airborne. This is often a popular option for roofs as its usually cheaper than a full removal and replacement.


  • Removal- Last, the most chosen alternative and well known of course would be an asbestos removal. Asbestos professionals can come to you, put preventative measures in place to ensure the asbestos doesn’t spread or become airborne, remove it and then transport and dispose of it legally and safely.



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