Understanding Your Asbestos Report
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in rocks and soil. The fibrous material was used in manufacturing from the late 1800s, as it was cheap and durable, but by the 1950s its use had been phased out due to health concerns.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once used to make many products, including:
- Roofing materials
- Floor tiles and other surfaces
Why is it still a risk?
Asbestos is still used in some products. Asbestos is a carcinogen (causes cancer). It can be found in buildings built before 1990, and it can also be found in homes built before 1990.
If you have an asbestos report or the results of your home’s inspection, you’ll need to know what the consequences are if you decide to move forward with renovations or demolish your house.
Does your house have asbestos?
Does your house have asbestos?
Asbestos was a popular building material up until the mid-20th century, but it has since been deemed unsafe and banned in many parts of the world. In Canada, it is illegal to use or install any products containing asbestos. The only exceptions are if these materials were installed prior to 1990 or if they’re in good condition with no significant deterioration.
But what do we mean by “significant deterioration?” That’s actually a pretty tricky question to answer because there’s no universal standard for what constitutes safe or dangerous asbestos levels in buildings—it depends on its location and how much exposure people have had over time. So while you may be able to find out whether or not your house has asbestos from an inspector, knowing whether or not that asbestos poses a threat will require more investigation on your part as well as some serious detective work!
What does an asbestos report tell you?
An asbestos report is an analysis that can be used to identify the presence of asbestos in a building. The report will also provide you with information about where the asbestos is located throughout your home, if any is present at all. If you need some assistance understanding your asbestos report, give us a call as we have been doing this in the Brisbane area for over 20 years.
This type of analysis can be used for residential and commercial properties, as well as other types of buildings like schools or hospitals (where employees may be exposed).
How to read your report.
You have a report from an asbestos inspection and testing company. How do you read it?
- Read the report carefully – is there anything missing or incorrect? You may want to check for accuracy, completeness and consistency.
- Check for missing information – does the report have all of the information necessary to support its conclusions? Are there any gaps in information that could affect your decision-making process going forward?
- Check for incorrect data – does it contain errors or inaccuracies that would impact your decision-making process going forward (e.g., incorrect test results)?
An asbestos report needs to be read by a professional. It will protect your health, and your financial investment in the future.
Asbestos is a health risk, and an asbestos report is a legally required document. When you buy a home or commercial property, the seller must provide you with an up-to-date copy of this report. If there were any instances where asbestos was used on your property in the past, it will be noted on this report.
Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and other deadly diseases if it becomes airborne or ingested by humans. You should not attempt to interpret the contents of an asbestos report yourself—it’s best to hire a professional who knows what they’re looking at when reading these documents.
An asbestos report is a vital piece of information for anyone who lives in or owns a home in Australia. It’s important to understand what it means, and how you can protect yourself from this dangerous substance. It doesn’t cost much to get one done, and the peace of mind it provides is priceless! We are the experts in this field for Brisbane and surrounds. Contact us today and we will help walk you through this sometimes daunting process.