Why is Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Dangerous and Why Do you Need to Have it Removed?

Anyone who thinks they have loose-fill asbestos insulation in their home or office should be making an appointment to have their property tested. Not only is loose-fill asbestos insulation very dangerous, it is also something the government mandates you take care of if you discover your building has it.

Why is loose-fill asbestos insulation so dangerous, and why do you need to have it removed?

The dangers — This type of asbestos is very dangerous due to its nature. Unlike a typical asbestos that was laid in thick sheets, loose-fill asbestos insulation is tiny pieces of asbestos that were pushed into walls, ceilings and into basement.

Due to their size, pieces can easily work loose and end up in the air you breath. If you breath in a piece of asbestos, it will usually get carried into your lungs. There it will stick to the inside of your lungs and over time cause an irritation. If not dealt with, it can lead to lung problems, cancer and even death.

How is loose-fill asbestos insulation tested? — An asbestos expert will come to your home or office and take air samples.

He will also remove suspicious looking material from inside walls, under floorboards, in attics and under sinks. The air samples and the material will then be dropped off at a testing lab, where they will all be tested for loose-fill asbestos insulation,

What happens if the test is positive? — If you are discovered to have loose-fill asbestos insulation in your home or office, and you live in Sydney, Australia, it is mandatory that your home is demolished and done so professionally.

In other parts of the world, the loose-fill asbestos insulation may be dealt with differently, so you need to check with the testing company before your testing commences.

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Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation

Introducing The Dangerous Asbestos

This nasty word called asbestos hardly needs any introduction anymore. By now, most homeowners should know and realize the general dangers of disturbing and breathing asbestos fibers; especially in older homes. Asbestos can be found in products ranging from your furnace, hot water pipes and even floor tiles. Just a dab of common sense should tell you not to disturb any asbestos and simply leave it alone and, if possible, contact a professional asbestos abatement company and let the professionals handle the removing. All this information brings up the subject of the real culprit in all this attack on asbestos and that is loose-fill asbestos insulation which is probably what some homeowners still have in their attic and home if you live in an older home.

What Is “Mr. Fluffy”

During the 1960s and 1970s, pure loose-fill asbestos was sold as a ceiling insulation for residential and commercial premises. Back then, a company known as “Mr. Fluffy” installed this insulation in more than 1,000 homes. In 1969 health services provided a report that using loose-fill insulation was dangerous. Homeowners were notified of the risks involved in living in a home with loose-fill asbestos and steps were taken to nullify the situation. In some cases, the asbestos was so prevalent that homes were actually demolished in order to remove any enduring health risks.

Note: If your house was built prior to 1990, the chances are good that your property may contain loose-fill insulation. If your home was built after 1990, the chances are reduced, but not eliminated. You can spot these insulation particles quite easily since they have a certain color much like gray-brown or silver gold. These particles may also puff-up due to being exposed to heat. Loose-fill can be soft, gray and without a shine.