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Asbestos Inspection and Abatement Contractors

Asbestos is a toxic, naturally occurring, fibrous material found in rocks and soils. Though microscopic in nature, asbestos fibers are extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns. For this reason, asbestos material has been widely used in the past for various industrial applications. These include manufacture of cement compounds, floor tiles, ceiling materials and textile products.  However, Asbestos is now strictly regulated in Australia and other countries, as exposure to this toxic material poses a threat to human health and safety.

Construction workers exposed to asbestos can easily inhale it due to its microscopic fibers and are at a high risk of health conditions related to this material. Buildings constructed using asbestos material pose a health hazard to the occupants in case of material damage. Since a safe level of exposure to asbestos has not yet been determined, it is important to have asbestos inspections carried out on your building by professionals.

What asbestos inspection is

Asbestos inspection is a process that involves inspecting material elements used in construction to check for presence of asbestos material. Inspection is carried out by state-certified asbestos consultants. If a building is suspected to contain asbestos material, samples are taken by the inspector and tested for presence of the material. The number of samples to be taken is determined by the size of the building. Samples of asbestos should be retrieved only by a professional. The mere act of disturbing the material can be hazardous and expose one to risks if not done correctly.

Who needs asbestos inspection

Asbestos inspection can be done on both residential and commercial buildings. It is difficult to identify asbestos since it is usually mixed with other materials. If a contractor has reason to believe that materials contain asbestos, construction should be halted and an asbestos survey carried out by an expert to ascertain or rule out this possibility. Not all buildings with require asbestos inspection. If your building materials are not damaged and won’t be disturbed through remodeling, there is no need to have inspection done.

Hiring asbestos inspection experts

There are many companies in Australia that offer asbestos inspection services. The size of the building and scope of the project are the major determinants of inspection cost. All asbestos inspection companies are required to have trained and licensed personnel. Inspection personnel are required to have appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment before undertaking the project. Since costs of inspection vary depending on the company, it is worth comparing before choosing one.

Asbestos abatement

Once inspection has been done and it is ascertained that your building has asbestos materials, measures need to be taken to prevent exposure of the material to the occupants. Asbestos abatement is carried out by licensed and qualified abatement contractors. The following are the measures that can be taken for a building that contains asbestos materials.

  • Encapsulation- This involves sealing the exposed part or the building to prevent release of asbestos fibers to the air. The material is treated with a sealant that either binds the asbestos fibers together or coats the material so fibers are not released.
  • Closure- This involves placing another material over the asbestos-containing material to prevent release of fibers.
  • Removal- this is the removal of asbestos containing material from the building. It is done before remodeling of the building or in cases where the asbestos-containing material is too damaged to be sealed. Removal should be carried out by experienced abatement contractors to prevent further exposure.

Asbestos is a health hazard to humans, and if you have any reason to believe that your building has this material, it is wise to have an asbestos inspection carried out. The asbestos inspector should advise on the way forward and measures to be taken before the material poses a risk to you and other occupants.