We have all heard about the dangerous nature
of asbestos in the home.
Asbestos contains microscopic fibres, which if
inhaled can cause cancer and lung disease. Many people have inadvertently been
exposed to these fibres over the years.
Unfortunately, in the past asbestos was used
for many things including roofing and fencing.
Asbestos was a cheap and therefore widely used
product, especially cement sheeting. The asbestos contained in older homes is
considered a serious risk. The reason for this is that the asbestos fibres are
generally held together by cement which may be reaching the end of its life and
will potentially allow the deadly asbestos fibres to escape. Roofing and
fencing materials containing asbestos are especially vulnerable to this as they
are exposed to extreme weather conditions.
You should never disturb anything in that part
of your house which contains asbestos, let alone try to remove it yourself.
Remember, asbestos can be present in solid sheet material and also as loosely
Up until 1978, it is estimated that up to 98%
of houses built used asbestos in some way, so you can see the scale of the
If your home was built before 1979, there is a
good chance your house will have asbestos somewhere. It has only been since the
end of 2003 that asbestos in all of its forms has been banned throughout
Australia. So, unless you have a house built since that time, it is worth
ensuring that your home is asbestos free. Across Western Australia, many houses
were built when asbestos was a common building material, which are still
According to the information contained in the Cancer Council know asbestos information page,
if your home was built or renovated:
- Before the mid 1980s: It is very likely to contain asbestos-containing materials
- Mid 1980’s to 1990: It is likely to contain asbestos-containing materials
- After 1990: It is unlikely to contain asbestos-containing materials
You shouldn’t rely on dates or visual
inspections to confirm if the material contains asbestos. If you are unsure
download the free ACM Check app for your phone either from the
App Store or Google Play.
The only sure way to verify if the material in
your home contains asbestos is to have a sample of it tested at an accredited
laboratory. You can find an accredited laboratory by visiting the National
Association of Testing Authorities or by calling 1800 621 666.
If you have established that your home
contains asbestos and have decided that it needs to be removed, the wisest
choice is to contact a licenced asbestos removal professional to arrange safe
removal and disposal.
Although there are new asbestos-encapsulation
products available on the market, it is highly advised that homeowners do not
attempt any of this work by themselves.
Is it worth the risk to your health? NO!
The removal of asbestos in WA is subject to
strict government regulations, and you should ensure that the contractor you
select is appropriately licensed and strictly conforms to the government
guidelines. Even though Bears Fencing does not specialise in asbestos removal
in Perth and Western Australia, we can help you find a licenced asbestos
removal specialist. This will ensure that asbestos removal in your home will be
safe and worry-free. Call us on 0434 900 602 to discuss! Now is the time to
make a decision about the removal of asbestos in WA at your property.
Asbestos fencing removal is a costly,
time-consuming process. There are many factors which contribute to the price,
including finding temporary accommodation for the house owner, hazard clothing
for the workers, replacing and rebuilding the affected areas and arranging for
the safe transport and disposal of the removed materials. This process is
complicated by the potential of airborne asbestos which has the possibility of
severe risks to health.
If you are on a budget and do not want to incur
the expense of testing, you should assume that any potential material may be
asbestos and treat it as such. It is better to be safe than sorry!
If you are aware of asbestos in your own or
your loved one’s homes, it is time to do something about it. The problem will
not go away, and the dangers from ageing materials increase with time. Think of
the costs involved as being an investment in a safer and healthier future.
For a chat about asbestos removal cost or
class A asbestos removal, or even If you need further advice about how to
proceed with asbestos fence removal in Perth or asbestos removal for your roof,
you should consult a professional. For the best advice regarding the steps to
take, and a discussion about the asbestos removal cost, give Bears Fencing a
call on 0434 900 602 to get the best information regarding asbestos removal and