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Older Houses: Charming Yet Deadly
Don’t we just fall in love with older houses? They look so classy and charming. Plus, they usually have a good design and were also built using well-chosen materials that have stood the test of time. History is something that cannot be parted from old houses. Usually, older houses share a mutual history with their surrounding.
But what you might miss in older houses is the secret they have. A legacy brought from the past that will impact your present condition. The legacy is called asbestos-containing material (ACM). It is a disaster you wish you would never have had.
What is the connection between those two…..?
Well, older houses, commonly built before the mid-1980s, contain ACM because it relates to the use of ACM for house material that started being used massively in between the mid 1940s until the end of 1980s. That is why having a house can also mean that you live with fibrous products
Older House VS Natural Disaster
When a natural disaster hits residential premises, the one that affected badly will be older buildings. The worn house material, such as roofing sheet (roof asbestos removal learn here), is easy to be damaged or broken. Moreover, the hidden materials they have generate a great risk. It is double the trouble. The case happened to the residential premises in Bundaberg that were hit by Cyclone Debbie. Many houses and businesses lost their roofs. Some with older houses had been told that the homeowner could not return home for their residential containing asbestos.
Most residential buildings built before the 1980s used corrugated fibro sheet for their roof. The type of the fibrous product is usually non-friable. Non-friable means the material contain ACM fibres strengthen with a bonding compound. This type of fibre will not release fibres into the air. But, the risk will appear if the material is disturbed or deteriorated or badly weathered.
The example of non-friable ACM includes:
- Asbestos cement (AC) products. The types of the products are usually corrugated and flat sheeting. They are commonly used in ceiling, roofs, wall, fence, or moulded items like downpipes
- Vinyl floor backing
Old house Inspection
When you know that you are living in an older residential building, you should have an awareness regarding the existence of fibrous materials within your property. Your house could cause some serious risks for the health of your family and the surrounding environment.
You cannot just check the fibrous material in your home without using any special apparatus. The ACM fibre is so small and so thin, even much thinner than a human hair, that it will be impossible to just looking at it without employing a special apparatus. The fibre needs to be closely and carefully examined using a specialised microscopic procedure. Thus, you will need a license-holder removalist to perform such meticulous work.
Three main types of ACM inspections include:
- Management – focuses on identifying fibrous products inside the building and providing an assessment of risk of those suspected materials.
- Refurbishment and demolition – targets on carrying out the identification and removal of ACM to eliminate the exposure risk to workers and the surroundings.
- Clearance – performs after removing the fibrous products and later a competent inspector evaluates that the area is safe for re-occupying.
If you plan to Do It Yourself (DIY) for asbestos testing, you can collect a testing sample by applying the following steps:
- Identify potential ACM contamination – you need to check every inch of your house. The sources of ACM are sometimes in neglected places like, rooms with radiator and heating systems, extensive duct work, or areas with traditional wiring circuits
- Prepare for misting – wear a mask and gloves. Remember DO NOT vacuum or clean the suspected place before testing. Two days before testing, the homeowner must leave the building. Turn off the ventilation and cooling or heating appliances before you collect the sample. The appliances can suck away dust particles. Lay the plastic sheet on the floor
- Moisten the area – wet the area by spraying some water repeatedly. Ensure that the mist is dispersed in every section of the room
- Place sample in a bag – put the sample in a zip lock plastic bag. Double the plastic bag and do not forget to label the plastic with your ID number and the time and date of collecting
- Send the samples – send the sample in the plastic bag to a laboratory. The best result for sampling must be done in NATA accredited lab
The result of the test will document all the findings of the fibrous product. The report is commonly called ACM register. It includes information such as the area, the type and the methods employed. Do remember to update the register and be available for the person in charge and others in the building. It also has to be reviewed at least every five years.
The Asbestos Removal Bundaberg
Now you already have the result of the test. The next step is to remove the fibrous products. However, prior to removal, you need to complete a control plan. By completing the control plan, you will be informed about the procedure for removing the objects, the amount of the fibrous products to be removed and the equipment to be employed.
Asbestos removal can be done by DIY or a professional removalist. If you want to do it yourself, remember that this material is a very hazardous substance. No mistake is allowed in the process of removing the material or you will harm yourself and people around you.
Taking training course for removal is strongly recommended considering the hazard it might create. The training course is available at:
Also, do wear protective equipment during the working process to minimise the risk of exposure. The safety kits must be compliance with the standard equipment for removing work.
Safe Methods for Removing Fibrous Materials
- Work safely by:
- Wear PPE
- Do not drink, eat or smoke
- Do not use power tools
- Do not scrub using a stiff brush or broom or waterblast
- Moisten the material by spraying some water
- Do not drill or cut the fibrous products
- Do not drop the AC sheet
- Inform people about the project
- Prepare the area of removal
- Warp the cement material using the plastic sheet
- Remove immediately
- Clean up everything
- Avoid dry sweeping which stirs up dust
- Safe transport and disposal of fibrous products to a landfill that is legal according to the regulations.
If you search for a professional A-class licensed removalist for asbestos removal Bundaberg services, contact a trusted contractor through Asbestos Watch Bundaberg. We have been working with trusted professional contractors with excellent expertise for doing various jobs related to ACM in commercial or residential premises including asbestos removal Bundaberg service. You can be sure that our contractors have an accredited certification that permitted them handling such work.
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- Asbestos Removal Bundaberg
- Asbestos Testing
- Asbestos Roof Removal
- Asbestos Management Plan
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