If your property was built before 1990 and it has not yet been inspected for asbestos, you should have it inspected as soon as possible. Exposure to asbestos dust and fibres has been linked to a number of serious diseases, including asbestosis, non-malignant pleural disease, asbestos-related lung cancer, and mesothelioma – a type of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, and one that’s exclusively caused by asbestos inhalation.
Asbestos used to be referred to as a “magic mineral” because it was an excellent construction material, with its high durability, fire resistance, and insulation properties. In recent decades, however, studies have revealed that asbestos is highly carcinogenic.
Asbestos is usually present in the walls and insulation; roofing and gutters; flooring; and plumbing features. When areas that contain asbestos are disturbed, such as when repairs or renovations are done, asbestos dust and fibres are released into the air. Prolonged exposure often leads to the aforementioned health conditions.
For your family’s or workers’ safety, have your property inspected for asbestos by a qualified company. Because asbestos is a serious health hazard, only a trained and certified professional should undertake the inspection, as well as the testing, removal, and disposal of this mineral.
What can you expect from an asbestos inspection?
- The inspector will investigate specific areas in your property, afterwhich, he will submit a written report which will confirm if asbestos is present, where, and how much.
- Some samples may need to be taken offsite for further testing if they show inconclusive results. Additional charges will apply. If the property is for sale, the current owner will have to approve the removal and offsite testing of the ambiguous samples.
- If asbestos removal is recommended, a qualified and certified professional will also be endorsed in the written report.
- For workplace asbestos removal, recommendations to secure asbestos that cannot be safely removed will also be included in the report. An asbestos register will be provided, together with instructions on how to properly monitor conditions and manage risks to employees.
It is crucial that only a nationally accredited asbestos inspector is hired to take on the task, as the mineral is a hazardous material and should only be handled by a qualified expert.
What would it cost you?
Needless to say, the cost of an asbestos inspection and removal will still be far cheaper than the cost of asbestos exposure to one’s health. Several factors will determine how much you’ll spend to have your property inspected and for the testing, removal, and disposal of asbestos, if present.
- Whether the material that contains asbestos is friable or non-friable; friable materials are more dangerous and, therefore, the cost of removal will be higher.
- The amount of asbestos that will be removed, which will also determine how long it will take to remove. The more asbestos is present, the longer the job of removal will be, and the higher the cost.
- The location of the asbestos. Harder to reach areas will cost more as it will also take longer to remove the asbestos and will pose more danger to the removal expert.
- Whether the asbestos is in chunks, or in the form of dust or fibres. Removal of loose dust is more difficult and will cost more.
At Hire An Inspector, we offer a thorough and efficient asbestos inspection, done only by a highly qualified professional. Rates for asbestos inspection in Melbourne start at AUD320. Schedule a home inspection today.