Like anywhere else in the world, asbestos can pollute the atmosphere in Sydney and one of the causes of that asbestos pollution is the demolition of buildings. Between the 1800s and 1990s, asbestos was widely used as an additive in construction materials, making them insular, protecting them from heat and sound. During that time the hazards of asbestos were not fully understood but now they are and so Australia, as well as many other countries banned its use as an additive in construction materials in 2003.
It was discovered that although at first, asbestos as an additive may not present a health hazard, as the materials they were used in were disturbed, the asbestos would be released into the air in the form of dust particles which contained asbestos fibers. These fibers, if inhaled, would get lodged in the lungs where they could not be removed and that in turn could cause mesothelioma or cancer. As it is thought that during the period from the 1800s to 1990s, 50% of all buildings constructed, contained elements of asbestos; when those buildings are demolished, the asbestos is released into the atmosphere where it can become a potential health risk.
Air contamination by asbestos Sydney can therefore be a problem if buildings are not demolished with care. For this reason, some companies now specialize in the testing for and removal of asbestos in buildings. These companies are obviously professionals that have been fully trained in the dangers posed by the different types of asbestos that were used in the construction industry and also those that can be found as contaminants in the construction materials. The careful detection and removal of this asbestos is essential for a clean unpolluted atmosphere but equally important is the safe and correct disposal of that asbestos which these companies are also trained in and can give guarantees for.
Although your home may not be due for demolition, if it does contain elements of asbestos in any form, it can be a health risk to you and your family. These same companies are also available to do tests on your home to determine what if any risks are present and if there are some risks, remove them if requested. The asbestos can remain in the buildings construction materials doing no harm until those materials are disturbed but once they are, the asbestos fibers can be released causing the health hazard but even then, it may be several years before signs of illness first appear and by then it could be too late to stop the progression of the mesothelioma or cancer.
If your home was built after the ban on asbestos in 2003, it will be free from asbestos but if it was built prior to that, asbestos may be present and one day become a health hazard. The specialist companies know all the hazards associated with asbestos and they can advise home owners as to the best course of action should asbestos be found in the home’s materials.