Why You Should Take Asbestos Testing Seriously

Written by oliviawilson | August 13, 2019

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Asbestos was a popular insulating material from the 1940s to the late 1980s. The Australian government didn’t officially ban asbestos from further use and production until December of 2003. It’s energy-efficient and very flame-resistant, but it flakes. These microscopic flakes can get into your lungs and lead to serious health problems, and this is why asbestos testing is so essential today.

Asbestos Surveying – Where You Can Find Asbestos

Asbestos surveying is a process where a trained professional will come to your residential or commercial building to check for signs of asbestos. A licensed asbestos surveyor has to carry out the inspection. Asbestos can be all over your home or property, and the most common places to find it include:

  • Ceiling Tiles- Asbestos ceiling tiles were popular throughout Australia due to their soundproofing qualities and their easy installation. The tiles slipped into a grid system to lock them into place.
  • Duct and Pipe Insulation – Hot water ducts and steam heating systems in residential and commercial buildings came encapsulated in thick asbestos blankets. They may seem like they’re intact, but any small seams or cracks can lead to contamination.
  • Home Insulation – You have spaces between the wooden studs in your ceilings and walls that contractors may have stuff with insulation to help your home retain heat. Asbestos insulation was one of the most popular choices years ago, but it’s also the most prone to flaking off.
  • Wallpaper – Even wallpaper can have asbestos in it. You may want to scrape it off and remove it if you find it peeling or curling, but you should test both the paper itself and the adhesive first. It may have a thin layer of asbestos coating.
    There are several other products that can contain asbestos including vinyl and rubber flooring, oven and stove covers, and drywall compounds. This is why it’s so important to have a licensed professional perform asbestos surveying on your property, no matter how large or small it is.

Dangers of Contact with Asbestos

There are health dangers for people who have constant or routine exposure to asbestos contamination. The symptoms of any health problems can take up to 30 years to develop, and they can range in severity from person to person.

Lung Cancer

Unfortunately, asbestos has a long history of being a large cause of lung cancer. Once you inhale it, asbestos flakes can sit in your respiratory tract for decades with very little signs. However, it can spur on the growth of cancerous cells and cancerous tumors anywhere in your lungs.

Lung Cancer cause by Asbestos

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma’s only cause is exposure to asbestos. This cancer directly impacts your organ’s layer of mesothelial cells, and it comes in pleural and peritoneal forms. In Australia, there were 672 deaths by Mesothelioma in recent years. Unfortunately, this cancer is typically far too advanced by the time anyone detects it to do anything, and it has a five-year survival rate of 6%.

Do you need a licensed professional to come to your home or commercial property and perform asbestos testing? If so, reach out and contact us today!

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