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If you suspect asbestos being present in the roof of your property it is important to call a licensed asbestos removal company to have it professionally taken care of. The team at Pro Build specialise in detecting and removing asbestos throughout Brisbane Northside and Southside, Ipswich and Toowoomba areas. Our services are available to residential home owners as well as commercial and industries properties.
We offer a safe removal process of any contaminated material and transport it to authorised asbestos waste dumps. Once the material has been removed we can also provide a new roof replacement for your property.
Asbestos was commonly used in building materials such as fencing, textured paints, exterior wall cladding, tiles, roofing, backing material on vinyl or other floor tiles, and flue pipes. It was typically found in these materials until the late 1980s. When left undisturbed, it is quite harmless. However when the material is damaged, fibres are released into the air, and these elements can lead to serious health risks. Click here for more information on asbestos.
Common Health Issues
Once asbestos fibres are breathed in, some of these substances remain in the lungs and cause ailments several years later. The following are among the diseases associated with exposure to the material.
1. Lung cancer
Inhalation of large amounts of this toxic substance for a long period may increase one’s chances of developing lung cancer. Although it may take about a decade for the cancer to develop, the disease may spread slowly to the lungs and other vital body organs when the condition is not treated at its initial stage. Generally, the risk of developing cancer is higher among smokers.
2. Malignant mesothelioma
Due to extensive research, this type of cancer that affects the lungs’ outer covering (pleura) has been linked to a person’s long-term exposure to asbestos fibres. In fact, it takes at least 30 to 40 years after an individual’s exposure before the disease may develop. Thus, it is common for patients to remain undiagnosed for decades until the tumour has already spread to the chest wall and lungs.
This ailment pertains to a type of progressive lung disease that develops over time due to inhalation of asbestos fibres for a number of years. Just like malignant mesothelioma, it may take several years before symptoms begin to appear. The fibres that remain in the lungs can cause scarring. Eventually, the lungs will become stiff, until it is no longer capable of functioning. Complications of this disease can lead to tightness in the chest, respiratory failure, bluish tinge on the skin, and death. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for asbestosis.
4. Pleural Disorders
Asbestos can cause pleural plaques or thickened spots of the pleura, as well as widespread scarring on this surface of the lungs. While these patches may not cause any symptoms, patients will have a minimal lung capacity, which may be assessed after they undergo a lung function test.
At present, a vast majority of individuals who suffer from diseases caused by asbestos have been employed in jobs where they frequently inhaled this substance. There are also some people who develop this disease because of the presence of the substance in their home or within their community.
Proper Removal Of Asbestos – Options to Consider
When it comes to asbestos removal fro your roof, you can choose from different methods such as the dry and wet spray methods. The following are among the key features and benefits of each technique.
1. Wet Spray Method
In this technique, it is possible to suppress asbestos fibres, yet it may be difficult to eliminate them entirely. Nevertheless, it is a popular method for removal whether from a plant or building structure. With the wet spray method, you will have to constantly use a low-pressure type of water supply as you wet down this harmful substance. One way to do this is by using a garden hose with a pistol grip.
2. Dry method
It is only advisable to use the dry method of removing asbestos when the wet spray technique is not applicable such as when the area has live electrical conductors present, or when pieces of equipment may be severely damaged once sprayed with water. This method also poses certain risks such as more chances of releasing fibres into the air.
In case this method is implemented, it is recommended to fully enclose the work area with plastic sheeting. Those who are tasked to take part in the asbestos removal operation are also required to wear safety equipment or protective clothing and use special tools such as a HEPA-fitted vacuum cleaner to minimise the spread of airborne toxic fibres.
If you are positive that there is asbestos in your home, it is best that you leave it undisturbed to prevent the release of toxic fibres. However, if you need to start working with or near an area suspected of being contaminated, you should keep the following points in mind:
- Avoid using power tools or cutting discs
- Refrain from using compressed air or high-pressured water hoses
- Never walk on asbestos cement roofs with corrugated texture to prevent yourself from falling through the roof
- As much as possible, have the material evaluated by a laboratory that is NATA-accredited (specifically when you are not sure whether it contains asbestos or not)
- Keep the material wet to prevent the release of dust and fibres
- Make sure the area where you work is well-ventilated to prevent suffocation
- Always contact a qualified and Licensed Professional for direct contact or Removal
Contact A Licensed Professional
It is highly recommended that asbestos should only be removed by an experienced and licensed professional. The potential health risks linked with the handling of this toxic material the incorrect way are severe. If you suspect asbestos to be present in your home we can perform a full onsite inspection of your property.
Our staff are fully trained and insured and use the highest level of safety precautions available.
The team from Pro Build Roofing would like to advise that we have partnered with one of Brisbane’s most respected group of contractors from iAsbestos Removal Brisbane who will handle all the removing of asbestos while we install the new roofing systems. We have decided to partner with iAsbestos as they have a dedicated team who not only handle asbestos roof replacement but also removal of wall linings, floor tiles, fencing as well as testing and site demolition.
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