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ACMs has Negative Effects on Property’s Value

When was the last time you check your property? Does it contain any asbestos containing materials (ACMs)? Even though the use of ACMs phased out in 1990 and banned entirely in 2003, most Australian properties built before 1987 are highly likely to contain ACMs.

Furthermore, based on some researchers, the presence of fibrous materials may significantly decrease your property’s value. The decrease of property value with fibrous materials could reach up to 10-30% than average properties without ACMs. Moreover, it takes more time to sell properties with fibrous materials than other comparable properties without them.

Unfortunately, ACMs are not visible to naked eyes. The initial examination to identify any fibrous materials in your building has to be done properly and safely. Therefore, property owners are highly advised to have due diligence to test the presence of fibres on their properties by an expert.

We recommend you to check whether fibres are used in your property and also regularly check their conditions frequently.

There are two forms of fibrous material; the first one is friable material that is loose in nature and can be easily released into the air. This kind of material contains a high level of fibres up to 100%. While a non-friable material is usually mixed with cement and contains a small proportion of fibres.

According to Australian Government, ACMs can be found in:

  • Concrete formwork
  • Guttering
  • Flues, gables, and eaves pipes
  • Roof sheeting and capping
  • Vinyl sheet flooring
  • Some window putty
  • Imitation brick cladding
  • Wall sheeting
  • Tile and carpet underlay
  • Selenite backing boards
  • Carports and Sheds
  • Flexible building boards
  • Fencing
  • Telecommunications pits
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Packing under beams
  • Expansion joints

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The Asbestos Removal, Testing and History in Sunshine Coast, Australia

Asbestos from time to time

Unquenchable or inextinguishable was the meaning of the word that is now known as asbestos. At first, its’ ability to resist heat, made this material suitable for making pots and other cooking utensils. Fibrous materials have been used for more than 4000 years, where the first evidence of their use was found near the Juojärvi Lake, Finland. While in Egypt, an asbestos cloth was made to wrap embalmed bodies of Egyptian pharaohs to protect the bodies from deterioration.

The productions of this harmful material had grown worldwide by the early 1900s. Germany issued the first patent of fibrous cement sheets in 1899. Austria followed by developing high-pressure fibrous gaskets in 1900. And Italy made its’ first fibrous pipes in 1913.  The development of fibrous materials had gone rapidly until an Austrian doctor found one of his patients suffered pulmonary troubles due to fibrous dust inhalation in the late 1900s.

Australia has banned the use of all types of ACMs on 31 December 2003. However, there are still plenty of ACM products widely used in Australian properties due to the past popularity of this material. That’s why there would probably a high chance of ACM risks if your building was built before the 1980s. The story of this material can be found here, about mesothelioma here, and the type of this fibre read here.

Are you in danger?

If your property has any fibre products, then you might have the chance to get serious diseases. When ACMs dust are inhaled, they may get trapped in the lungs. The most common diseases caused by ACMs are lung cancer and mesothelioma, a dangerous type of cancer that influences the abdomen and the lining of the lungs.

In Australia, the first victim of fibre exposures came from miners and mill workers. Then tradespeople and builders got affected by lung diseases followed by children whose parents were renovating or constructing their houses. All of the victims were affected by inhaling the fibrous dust around them because fibres can easily go airborne.

In some situations, keep maintaining the ACM products in your building is better than removing it. High chance of risks comes from interfering the fibrous products during a renovation or refurbishment project. Therefore, a construction or a renovating plan should be only done by a professional contractor. A professional contractor is capable of getting the job done right without risking any lives.

What can you do to prevent the risk?

It is important to give education to Australians on Awareness since the early age. The knowledge of how dangerous it is and the best way to manage ACMs could save many Australian lives. We can almost see ACM products anywhere from walls and floors, to vinyl tiles and carpets, to internal walls and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages and much more.

If you are planning to do a renovation project and you are unsure whether you have ACMs on your property; then call professional contractors immediately! First, you need to test your property for ACM then leave every fibre removal and testing jobs to the expert. Even though you think you have a great DIY skill, don’t put yours and your family’s health at risk. Experienced professional contractors have complete equipment to handle such jobs.

Always keeps in mind that using DIY testing kits and performing the removal of fibrous materials alone can be dangerous. The Government of Australia is serious when it comes to fibre safety procedures. All kind of improper handling can lead to criminal charges and penalties at the state and national levels; including illegal fibrous material disposal and DIY fibre removal and testing.

You should also wisely choose professional service providers to carry out hazardous material removal and testing works. There are numerous ways to easily reach professional contractors out there to finish your fibre removal and testing projects. Keeping everything on a budget is also important, but don’t put your safety at stake. So, start making wise decisions to solve your ACMs-related problems and start calling a professional contractor today!

Get connected to reputable contractors today!

Asbestos Watch Sunshine Coast connects you with professional contractors to deal with ACMs problems in commercial, industrial even domestic properties in the Sunshine Coast region. If you think ACMs are present within your building, make a quick call to our endorsed contractors now!

Leave all of your worries to our experts. They will handle any ACM demolition, removal and testing projects in the safest manner and full of care. All of the safety procedures will be implemented as needed. Our endorsed members are qualified and well trained; they also have the right certification to deal with any fibrous materials, including the disposal of hazardous waste to a proper facility.

Do not hesitate to call our experts to solve your fibre removal and testing problems! Whether the problem is in your workplace or your residential place; our endorsed contractors are fully A-class licensed, experienced and fully equipped with modern technology to handle the material safely.

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Your safety is our concern, that’s why only highly skilled and experienced contractors can receive our endorsement. Our experts serve you nothing but the best solution for all of your all ACMs-related problems including asbestos testing, asbestos removal, asbestos removal fence, and more. They will finish the job quickly and efficiently.

Our endorsed contractors provide various services, which cover:

  1. Asbestos removal in Sunshine Coast– Removing all friable and non-friable fibres within your property safely.
  2. Asbestos testing – Due diligence of checking, sampling and testing by a certified assessor.
  3. Asbestos roof removal – A detail inspection, removal and replacement of old roofing materials.
  4. Asbestos management plan– Creating a comprehensive management control plan to clean and eliminate the risk of fibre exposure.
  5. Air monitoring – Air monitoring before, during, and after the removal process.
  6. Demolition survey – Handing out a brief report of the condition and type of ACMs in your property before a demolition project.
  7. Soil remediation – Identifying contaminated soil efficiently.
  8. Emergency repair – Removing all products containing fibres including roofing, fencing, and flooring materials based on an emergency basis.

Our endorsed specialists will solve all of your ACMs problems in the most secured manner. Our A-class licensed contractors are highly skilled and experienced; rest assured they will deliver the desired result.

Don’t worry about the cost; Be Smart, be safe! The solution for your ACMs problems is only a call away.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

a. Seek out contractors and accredited asbestos inspectors who are licensed and trained in safe asbestos testing and removal.
b. To avoid conflict of interest, have a doubtful material tested and removed by different contractors.
c. Be aware — in some instances, you and your family may need to temporarily move to another place during the process

Asbestos contractors usually offer these services:

  • Run an inspection in a house or workplace
  • Do a sample collection
  • Evaluating the sample
  • Giving an advice about who is qualified to make corrections
  • What control measures are needed

Be aware when an asbestos contractor suggest you to remove a perfectly intact material. Material in good condition does not need to be repaired or removed. Often, disturbing it may generate friable fibres and make them become airborne. Choose a professional asbestos contractor to perform an assessment and removal in your house or workplace.

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Floor tiles
  • Vermiculite insulation in the walls as well as the attics
  • Textured paint
  • Patching compounds (that was banned in 1977)
  • Dose (how much asbestos an individual was exposed to).
  • Duration (how long an individual was exposed).
  • Size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers.
  • Source of the exposure.
  • Individual risk factors such as pre-existing lung disease.

If you don’t take safety precautions, asbestos can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Asbestos will not change form when exposed to heat, which has caused it to be useful as a fire retardant throughout history. It also does not biodegrade and will last for hundreds of years. That's why disposal of asbestos waste is closely monitored.

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