Keep your homes safe from asbestos

Asbestos-Removal

Asbestos is a group of silicate minerals that occur in the form of thin crystals that are fibrous in nature and can be released through the process of abrasion. It has been mined for thousands of years but large-scale procedures began in the 1900s when manufacturers started getting interested in its properties of being resistant to fire and heat and having good absorption as well as being affordable. It was used for insulation purposes in electrical products as well as buildings and is often mixed with fabrics or cement as well to increase their characteristics. But in the 20th century, adverse health affects of through the use of asbestos were found which led to the emergence of asbestos removal in Gold Coast Australia as well. Slowly, many countries also started restricting trade in this substance but some still support its use in building materials. The most common way that asbestos enters our body is when we breathe in the fibers and they become trapped in the mucous of the throat and lungs and may then be passed onto the lungs and stomach where it can cause severe problems. It is extremely hazardous in the condition where it is can be released easily such as when things crumble and through spray on insulation. 

Asbestos is hidden in the most common places such as wall sheets, carpeting, flooring, tire underlays and multiple other areas inside and outside the house. One of the main reasons for asbestos removal in gold coast is that it poses a serious threat to your health and is classified as a human carcinogen which means that it has been proven to cause cancer. Whenever you are considering any type of renovation or demolition work, you should keep in mind that broken material should always be tested for asbestos as then you will need professional help for its removal. You will also need a licensed professional to take samples which are then tested and then action should be taken accordingly.  There are thee main diseases that are related to asbestos exposure: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestosis is a respiratory disease that is chronic but non-cancerous. The fibers that are inhaled cause scarring on the lung which causes shortness of breath and may even lead to heart failure if it reaches an advanced state and is usually fatal as there is most effective treatment. Mesothelioma is also a type cancer that affects the membrane lining of the lungs, chest and abdomen and mostly affects the workers that were present in the manufacture of things containing asbestos. There are some things that help determine the probability of someone getting these diseases such as the amount and time of exposure: the more you have inhaled and the longer you are exposed to it means that you are more likely to get problems related to asbestos. If you smoke then you obviously are at more risk of developing lung cancer and more so with exposure to asbestos. Children are also more affected when they come into contact with this mineral and many efforts are made to prevent school children from being exposed. 

Because of the risks explained, it is of utmost importance that you hire an abatement professional to conduct your asbestos removal in the gold coast or any area if materials are detected to be containing asbestos. You should never try to do this yourself as you are unaware of the proper steps that need to be taken. The first thing that the professionals do is seal the area of contamination as the deadly mineral is released into the air when disturbed. They use thick plastic sheets to completely block off the area and it is advisable that you don’t remain in the house while the removal is carried out. The contractors will wear protective clothes and respirators while they carefully remove the asbestos from everything contaminated from the insulation to the flooring. These removed materials are placed in sealed containers before being taken away from your house. After this, a thorough inspection is carried out to see that no asbestos is left in the area and the professionals use vacuums and other special tools to carry out the process. The last step is an air test that is carried out to make sure that the air is clean from the harmful substance so that you are safe to live in your house.