From the 1940s up until the 1980s, residential construction projects across Australia and New Zealand used asbestos cement materials. The Department of Health stated that any home built before the middle of the 1980s has a very high chance of containing asbestos products or materials. However, a complete ban on all asbestos use did not go into force until December 2003, so there is a possibility that homes built before this date could contain the substance.
Because asbestos was such a widely used building material, it’s extremely important that you have a company carry out asbestos testing. You want to do this before you take on any demolition work or renovations on any area of your home. If there are any areas of your home that are starting to break down like your basement, sheds or attic areas, having an asbestos inspection is a must.
You need a reputable company to carry out your asbestos testing in NZ, as it’s illegal to remove certain amounts and types of asbestos on your own. It also creates a serious health risk for your neighbors, family and yourself, if you start tearing out materials that have asbestos. This causes the asbestos fibers to become airborne and this is how it gets into your lungs and wreaks havoc.
Where You Can Find Asbestos
There are two types of asbestos you can find in your home and it’s important to test for both of them. The different types of asbestos and where you find them include:
1 – Friable Asbestos
- Backing material on floor tiles or vinyl flooring
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Insulation on hot water pipes, heaters and stoves
- Spray-on insulation or soundproofing
- Textured paints or coatings
2 – Bonded Asbestos
- Exterior and interior wall cladding
- Thermal boards around fireplaces
- Water or flue pipes
A reputable company has the tools and experience needed to remove the asbestos safely and effectively. Additionally, they can carry out different forms of asbestos testing in NZ, depending on your circumstances. Maybe you have asbestos in several areas of your home, or you have more than one type of asbestos. Either way, a professional company can come in and do your asbestos testing before giving you recommendations to fix it.
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