Asbestos is not a substance you want to overlook when it's found in your home; while asbestos is not dangerous unless it's inhaled, it's also easy to stir up this substance and cause it to become airborne. Note a few questions you might have about an asbestos removal service for your home so you know what's involved and what to discuss with a removal expert.
If mould is found, does this mean the home will also have asbestos?
Mould and asbestos are two entirely different substances; asbestos was once commonly used as an insulating material, and mould is the result of water and moisture build-up in the home. Having one in the home doesn't automatically mean you'll find the other. However, that being said, older homes may be more prone to mould as they may have allowed water and humidity to build up over the years. Asbestos has also typically been outlawed as an insulating material in recent years, but may also be found in older homes. If you own a home that's a few decades old, you may want it inspected for both mould and asbestos, as well as lead paint, pest infestation, and other such damage that's common in older homes.
Can asbestos be left in place if the home isn't being sold?
Even if you're not planning on selling the home, you still want the house to be safe for you and your family! Whether or not it's safe to leave asbestos where it is can be determined by a removal expert. He or she can note the overall condition of the asbestos and if it's likely to become loose and airborne. There also may be laws about asbestos removal in your area, to protect your neighbours from the potential of that asbestos being airborne and actually landing on their property. No matter your plans for selling the home, have an asbestos removal service inspect it to ensure it's safely contained.
How can asbestos be present in newer homes?
In Australia, asbestos is no longer allowed as an insulator in homes, and it cannot legally be used in building materials for new homes. However, in recent years, some materials used for new home construction have been found to contain asbestos; these materials are brought into the country illegally by certain manufacturers. Your homebuilder may have been unaware of this use of asbestos in tiles, flooring surfaces, adhesives, and the like, but if an asbestos inspector has found this substance present in your home, consider your options for removing or containing it no matter the age of your home.