When Should You Be Aware of Asbestos Contamination?

by | Oct 25, 2017 | Specialist Services | 1 comment

Many Queensland properties and buildings that were built before the 90’s may contain asbestos and in the event of a disaster can cause asbestos contamination. Asbestos containing materials had been used to construct walls, ceilings and roofing. It is not harmful unless they release dust or fibres into the air and can be inhaled.

Damage and destruction of asbestos containing materials such as water or storm damage as well as fire damage will increase its friability. Asbestos fibres become hazardous and risky for health when it releases particles into the air with ease. Undamaged asbestos materials do not release fibres into the air and aren’t dangerous when intact.

Asbestos Contamination and Water Damage

After storm or water damage, the two main concerns are often the extraction of water and the prevention of mould growth. However, many houses in Queensland were built with asbestos containing materials. It is easy to forget or be unaware of its presence, therefore, it is important to test the property for asbestos if the home was built before the year 2000.

If older houses have experienced storm damage involving strong winds and structural damage has occurred, the chances of asbestos contamination are very high. We recommend you consult an Asbestos Removal Company such as Juvenaire who can test the materials and safely remove it if necessary.

Asbestos Contamination and Fire Damage

Building materials containing asbestos are more likely to be damaged in the event of a fire, allowing airborne particles to be released into the air. Asbestos fibres and dust that remains after a fire on the property may be a health risk if the ash and debris are disturbed and inhaled. If asbestos containing materials have been burnt during a fire or if you aren’t sure if they are contaminated, it is crucial that a licensed asbestos removal company to carry out the clean-up work.

Not only is Juvenaire a licensed asbestos removal company, we also have specialised and experienced technicians who carry out water and fire damage projects. We believe that it is a valuable strength to be able to handle more than water or fire damage jobs and also the “add-ons” such as mould and asbestos removal as well as water extraction, odour removal and content restoration. This provides a “one-stop shop” for our clients  which require multiple restoration services.

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