When building or renovating any kind of structure, it’s vital that you make sure you are using building materials that are both safe and sturdy. Unfortunately, it was common to use asbestos in construction materials in the past. Proper asbestos testing is more important than ever because we know how dangerous asbestos is and what kind of health conditions can be caused by prolonged asbestos exposure.
No amount of asbestos exposure is safe, so it is absolutely vital that you make sure that no asbestos will be disturbed in your home.
So, if you are planning any home renovation projects, it is essential that you arrange to have your house tested for asbestos before commencing any demolition or construction.
What Is Asbestos And Is It Dangerous?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate mineral that is made up of fine fibres. The mineral itself used to be commonly used for many construction materials like heat shields, cement cladding and roofing, pipes, fireproof coatings, textured ceilings, vinyl flooring, switchboards and more.
However, now we know that asbestos, specifically asbestos fibres, can be hazardous to people who accidentally inhale them. When asbestos containing products are disturbed or broken, they can release large amounts of tiny invisible asbestos fibres into the air that can then easily be breathed in. These tiny fibres can then negatively affect the individual’s health and can lead to serious and debilitating health conditions.
Suppose no asbestos testing is done and asbestos is not removed from the area. In that case, prolonged exposure to the material can cause mesothelioma, other forms of cancer, and scarred lung tissue among several other life-altering health issues.
Most asbestos-related health conditions only start to appear after years of exposure to the mineral, and at that point, it can be far too late to prevent them. Therefore, it’s imperative to test for and remove any and all kinds of asbestos in your home before starting renovations.
What Is Asbestos Testing? Should I Consider Having Testing Done When Working On House Renovation Projects?
Testing for asbestos is the process of taking asbestos samples of bulk materials to identify the presence of asbestos in the product. Air samples can also be taken to see if any airborne asbestos fibre has been released. Proper testing can determine if there is any asbestos in your home and how much of it there is. The test results can then help experienced consultants assess the risk to you and others in your home.
If you are planning on having any parts of your home altered, renovated or demolished, it is vital that you have asbestos surveying done before starting. This is because if any of your home’s materials contain asbestos, disturbing these materials can release dangerous fibres into the air that can then be breathed in by anyone present in the area.
Generally, it would be best to have asbestos testing and surveying done in the following situations:
Before Any Building Renovation Project. Asbestos can be present in various different forms and areas in construction. Therefore, because disturbing building materials with asbestos in them can release harmful fibres into the air, you should always have asbestos surveying and testing conducted before starting any renovation project.
Asbestos refurbishment surveys are required before any building can undergo any refurbishing projects to ensure the safety of anyone in the area and everyone who will be working on the project.
Before Any Demolition Project. Just like how it is required for any refurbishing project, asbestos testing must also be conducted before any demolition takes place. Demolishing a building containing asbestos will release asbestos fibres into the air and pose a danger to anyone exposed to them.
So, before demolition occurs, a fully intrusive asbestos survey must be done to test for any asbestos in the building. If any is found, it must be removed before the project continues.
If Your Home Is An Older Building. Due to the fact that asbestos was commonly utilised in the past, if your home was built when asbestos was frequently used, there’s a chance that your home may still contain the substance. Therefore, to ensure the safety of you and anyone else who lives in your home, it would be best to have asbestos testing performed.
In general, if you have any suspicions at all that your house contains asbestos of any kind, you should have it professionally surveyed and tested to be safe.
Who Can I Talk To About Asbestos Surveying And Testing In New Zealand?
Do you suspect that your home contains asbestos? Are you planning any home renovation or building demolition projects and need testing to be conducted? To ensure the safety of your home, you should contact us at Fibresafe NZ. We specialise in asbestos surveying, testing, removal clearance and more. With our help, New Zealanders can stay safe and avoid asbestos-related diseases.
Remember, no level of asbestos is safe. So, prevent unfortunate health conditions and test for asbestos in your home with help from us at Fibresafe NZ.