What To Do If You Find Asbestos In Your Home
Step 1. Find and identify asbestos in your home
If your house was built or renovated before 1990, chances are that it contains asbestos. If that’s the case, you might need to contact residential asbestos removal services. However, it is often better to leave asbestos undisturbed if it doesn’t pose an imminent health risk. For example, if you realise that your walls contain asbestos, it is sometimes best to leave them be if there’s no visible cracks or damage.
To assess your situation, you can follow instructions in this interactive guide by Asbestos Victoria to find and identify asbestos in your house.
However, it is always best to contact residential asbestos removal services, such as Proas. Asbestos Victoria strongly recommends hiring licensed professionals to manage asbestos in your property. At Proas, we provide professional asbestos inspections during which we identify asbestos in your home.
This is especially urgent if you find any cracks or damage in your home, and suspect that your house was built or renovated before 1990.
Step 2. Do not touch or disturb asbestos
Asbestos only poses a serious health risk if disturbed due to its physical structure. Asbestos is made of tiny fibres, which if touched, hover in the air and can be inhaled.
This poses a serious health risk as asbestos fibres remain in the lungs after being inhaled. This can then lead to dangerous health issues, including mesothelioma, an aggressive lung cancer. Therefore, it is always best not to touch or disturb asbestos if found, and immediately contact residential asbestos removal services.
Step 3. Inform your landlord, neighbours and local government
You should always ask to see documents regarding asbestos presence in your new house before signing an agreement and moving in. Since October 2017, in Victoria landlords and estate agents are legally required to share asbestos information with prospective tenants.
If you’re already living in a rented house, you should always inform your landlord and/or the estate agency managing the property if you find asbestos in your home. It is best to contact them in writing and keep copies of communication between you. This is to make sure that your landlord and/or the estate agency are the ones who pay for a residential asbestos removal if it’s needed.
Asbestos can pose a threat not only to you and your family, but also to people living in close proximity to your house. This is why you should always inform your neighbours about the issue. Let them know that you booked residential asbestos removal services to assess the situation and are already dealing with the issue.
Apart from contacting residential asbestos removal services, you can also get advice from your local government environmental health officer.
Step 4. Call residential asbestos removal services
It is always best to seek professional advice on removing asbestos from your home. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with our licensed professional residential asbestos removal services, don’t hesitate to contact us here. We will discuss your situation and find the best solution.