Do you live in a house in Sydney, Australia, or work in an office, that you think may have loose fill asbestos insulation somewhere in the attic or walls? If so, but you have never actually had the property tested, you really should do that.
That is because loose fill asbestos insulation was installed in quite a number of buildings in the Sydney area in the 1960s and 1970s and, if not removed safely, it can cause major health problems.
What is loose fill asbestos insulation? — While you may have heard you might have loose fill asbestos insulation in your home, you might not actually know what it is.
As it sounds, it is a powdery and crumbly type of ground up asbestos that was used to insulate homes, and it is also one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos. If you suspect you may have it in your property, getting rid of it quickly and safely is vital.
Arrange for a test for loose fill asbestos insulation — You can arrange for your property to be tested for loose-fill asbestos insulation by calling a company that specializes in asbestos testing and removal. They will send a licensed asbestos tester to your home and a test, which only takes a few minutes, will be done.
The sample taken will be sent to a laboratory for testing. If it comes back positive for asbestos, then the company will advise you further as to what to do.
How to get rid of loose fill asbestos insulation — If this type of asbestos is detected in your property, the company will make arrangements to remove it safely. This will require you to vacate the property for a day or two while it is tented to make the surrounding area safe for people passing by, and then all the asbestos will be removed.