Do you suspect loose-fill asbestos insulation may be present in your house, apartment or office? Are you not sure why people are so concerned, as well as what you should do about it if you have it?
Here are just a few things you need to know about loose-fill asbestos insulation, and why it is considered so dangerous.
What is loose-fill asbestos insulation? — This is a type of insulation that was put into homes and offices in the 1960s and 70s. It is very small pieces of insulation that was pushed into walls, crevices, attics and crawl spaces and was used to insulate tiny gaps against the weather.
Why is loose-fill asbestos insulation so dangerous? — Experts consider this substance so dangerous because it usually breaks down over time. Tiny particles then get into the air where they can be breathed into the lungs. Once in the lungs, they will attach themselves to lung tissue, eventually causing breathing problems and, in some cases, cancer.
What can you do if you think you have it? — If you live in Sydney, Australia, under Sydney law you must have your building tested for it if you believe it was installed there.
If it is discovered, you will then be referred to a task-force who will tell you what your options are. In most cases, however, you will have to sell your building to governmental authorities who will then make arrangements to tear it down. You will, of course, be compensated for the value of your property.
Why is this mandatory? — There is not a safe way to remove loose-fill asbestos from your building except by tenting the entire area and then demolishing it. This is why the government in Sydney gives you no choice.