For many homeowners in Sydney, Australia, finding out if loose-fill asbestos insulation was used when their home was built is something they need to do long before they ever decide to sell their home.
After all, there are several reasons why they should be concerned. If you think loose-fill asbestos could be an issue in your home, here is why you should be concerned too.
Finding out about loose-fill asbestos in your home — The main reason you should find out if your home is one of those that was insulated with loose-fill asbestos is due to the dangers of the insulation material.
So much so, if your home was insulated with it, it could get into the air you breathe, lodge in your lungs and cause health problems.
Selling your home with loose-fill asbestos insulation — If your home is insulated with the material, it could become a problem for you when you try to sell it. Particularly as you will be legally required to disclose that information to anyone that may want to buy your home.
Removing the insulation material — The other problem is, according to New South Wales officials, there is no safe way to remove loose-fill asbestos from a structure except to demolish the building and then have the asbestos removed by a professional service.
That means, if your home did have the insulation material used when it was built, at some point it is likely to need to be demolished.
What are your options? — The best thing to do if you suspect the insulation material may be contaminating your home is to speak to someone from the NSW Fair Trading Taskforce.
They have been organizing community forums, and can either tell you when the next one will be held or answer some of the questions you may already have about loose-fill asbestos insulation.