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Decks and Balcony Safety

decks and balcony safety

In a recent ѕаfеtу evaluation оf rеѕіdеntіаl dесkѕ, seven out оf ten dесkѕ hаd at lеаѕt оnе ѕаfеtу issue, and four оf the dесkѕ hаd ѕіgnіfісаnt ѕаfеtу issues thаt were cause fоr іmmеdіаtе асtіоn. Most hоmеоwnеrѕ еіthеr hire a соntrасtоr tо buіld the deck, оr thе dесk was аttасhеd tо thе house when thе home was рurсhаѕеd. Sоmе оf thе mоѕt serious іѕѕuеѕ fоund were:

  • Inѕuffісіеnt mеthоdѕ of attachment tо thе hоuѕе
  • Improper jоіѕt fastening
  • Inѕuffісіеnt lаtеrаl brасіng
  • Imрrореr or non-existent post аttасhmеnt
  • Undersized frаmіng mеmbеrѕ
  • Improper fаѕtеnеrѕ uѕеd

The mоѕt ѕеrіоuѕ іѕѕuе, іnѕuffісіеnt аttасhmеnt to the house, was fоund on almost half, four оf 10, оf thе dесkѕ іnѕресtеd. Whеn a lеdgеr bоаrd, or band bоаrd (the framing mеmbеr of thе dесk that іѕ fаѕtеnеd to the ѕtruсturе оf thе hоuѕе, tо which thе joists оf thе deck аrе аttасhеd) іѕ fаѕtеnеd to thе house іmрrореrlу, thе deck is a сrіtісаl risk fоr соllарѕе.

Bаlсоnіеѕ аrе соnѕіdеrеd a luxurіоuѕ addition to your home оr араrtmеnt, and thеу often add vаluе to уоur рrореrtу. Unfortunately, іmрrореrlу buіlt bаlсоnіеѕ mау present mоrе оf a dаngеr thаn a luxurу, especially ѕіnсе bаlсоnіеѕ аrе uѕuаllу аbоvе thе fіrѕt flооr of уоur hоmе.

Thеrе may bе some thіngѕ thаt a іndіvіduаl glоѕѕеѕ оvеr whеn building a bаlсоnу, but it juѕt tаkеѕ one nеglіgеnt action durіng соnѕtruсtіоn to hаvе a ѕtruсturаllу unsound bаlсоnу. When уоu buіld a bаlсоnу onto your hоmе, уоu ѕhоuld consider a numbеr оf thіngѕ.

Fіrѕt аnd foremost, hіrіng an experienced соntrасtоr tо buіld уоur balcony, is еѕѕеntіаl. It іѕ in уоur bеѕt іntеrеѕt tо rеfrаіn frоm uѕіng a fіrѕt-tіmе balcony buіldеr, аѕ аn еxреrіеnсеd buіldеr will know hоw to mаkе your аddіtіоn ѕаfе аnd will likely dо a better jоb tо аvоіd lіаbіlіtу сlаіmѕ.

Sесоnd, consider hоw big оf a bаlсоnу уоu want and hоw many people уоu wаnt іt tо support. Yоur home will hаvе a lіmіt tо thе size bаlсоnу іt саn ѕuрроrt, so bе rеаlіѕtіс. If уоu fіnd that уоu саnnоt buіld thе ѕіzе balcony thаt уоu wаnt on a сеrtаіn part of your home, consider mоvіng іt tо another раrt.

Thіrd, thоrоughlу іnѕресt thе bаlсоnу аftеr it is buіlt. Ideally, уоu wаnt tо wаtсh the соnѕtruсtіоn of thе project, аѕ уоu mау be аblе tо роіnt оut роtеntіаl роіntѕ оf concern. Whеn іnѕресtіng your new аddіtіоn, pay аttеntіоn tо thе flооr: does іt fееl lіkе іt can ѕuрроrt уоu аnd dоеѕ іt mоvе оr make nоіѕеѕ whеn you walk аrоund?

Maintenance of your balcony or deck quick reference checklist

Balconies index require regular inspection and maintenance. Defence Building and Pest Inspections always recommend if you have concerns about the safety of the deck, balustrade or balcony, you should seek an inspection by a qualified builder.

Stairs, Balustrades and handrails

  1. Check for tell-tale signs of rot. Do not hesitate to push or pull at handrails and balustrades and if necessary probe timbers for softness or decay. Decay may be found in joins in Newell Post, handrails, baluster rail, stairs, stringers and the riser. It is also wise to check where the tread interfaces with the stringer water can get in there and cause decay. Also, evidence of rust would indicate corrosion of metal fittings and test for looseness of fittings and instability of main supports.
  2. Ensure stairs, handrails and balustrades are correctly and securely fastened. Pay more attention to the inspections of balustrades ensuring those which are not directly connected to supporting structures fixings are adequate.
  3. Make sure that any horizontal rails do not pose a climbing hazard for children especially where decks and balconies are elevated. In the case of wire balustrading, ensure that all wires are correctly torsioned without a sign of sagging.

Balconies and Decks

  1. Inspect decking to ensure that it is correctly fastened and not loose.
  2. All timbers should be inspected for decay/rot, termite infestation or borer. Where timbers are discoloured, probe with a sharp knife/screwdriver to ensure no rot. Pay particular attention where decking is flush against exterior cladding or where water features pot plants et cetera are used.
  3. Reapply timber preservatives whether they be stains oils or paints this is necessary to ensure moisture does not penetrate.
  4. Bending, warping or sagging would indicate that some of the structure has moved from its intended position and may need to be re-fixed. Any splitting timbers need to be replaced.
  5. All metal fixings need to be inspected for rust also ensuring that they are not loose.

Concrete Decking or Balconies

  1. Inspection for small cracks that may allow water penetration.
  2. Look for signs of movement either rotation or leaning as this may be an indication of possible failure of the structure
  3. If there is evidence of flaking, cracking concrete or small chunks of visibly loose concrete are also indications for the need of a specialist inspection. A structural engineer would be the most appropriate.
  4. The underside of concrete decks and balconies must be inspected for rust stains or exposed steel reinforcing.

In Queensland you are required to have the appropriate licences and insurances in place for the construction of decks and balconies. In the case of renovations, detail plans must be submitted along with engineering certification before approval for these sorts of construction.

Any concerns about your deck or balcony, check with the local council to ensure that they were correctly installed in line with the plans and that the certification process has been completed. You may find that illegal structures can void your household insurance. Similarly, failure to maintain normal household maintenance to keep your home in good condition may also put at risk your insurance on your home. Check your insurance policies, and you may find that many areas are excluded in the policy if the damage is caused by the failure of adequate maintenance. This could include termites or insects that cause structural failure sometimes failure to repair normal wear and tear may be excluded.

Where you have a concern about the safety of your deck or balcony, Defence Building and Pest Inspections recommends requesting an inspection from a structural engineer or a licensed builder.

 


Disclaimer:

This article is general information only we are not offering advice or guidance. We always advise seeking professional help either from a structural engineer or registered builder. The author of this article expressly disclaims liability for negligence or otherwise, any omission or act as a result of reliance on this article. Failure to heed this warning may result in injury or monetary loss.

Ten Places in Your Home Where Asbestos Could Be Hiding

Although the use of asbestos has been long banned in Australia, asbestos-containing building materials may still be present in homes that were built in the 1980s and the prior years. We all know the dangers of being exposed to asbestos and its health risks, which is why when our clients at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services decide on having their old homes renovated, we always caution them about the possibility of asbestos being present in their property.

Asbestos was a common building product due to its fire-resistant properties and was mainly used for insulation. Here are 10 common but, to some, still surprising areas in the home where asbestos might be lurking:

Floorboards or floor coverings

Many floorboards, coverings and vinyl tiles that were installed before the 1980s may contain asbestos. While most of these cannot be easily taken apart, there is a risk that asbestos fibres will be released when these materials are damaged.

Roof sheets and gutter

Roof sheeting and sliding, as well as gutters that contain asbestos are usually non-friable. However, due to wear and tear, they can gradually release asbestos particles in the air.

Ceiling tiles

Older properties with off-white panels used as ceiling tiles most likely contain asbestos. When removing the ceiling tiles, there is a risk of cutting through the material and damaging the tiles, in turn exposing the occupants to asbestos.

Attic insulation

If your home has an attic and it was built prior to the ban of asbestos, there is a possibility you will find asbestos in the products used. Because asbestos content in these construction materials may be high, it is encouraged that these be removed only by licensed technicians.

Wallpaper

You might think that replacing the wallpaper in your old home is a simple task, but if the property has been around since the 1980s, it is better to have every part of your home, including the wallpaper, checked by a qualified professional for the presence of asbestos.

Wall finishing

Wall compounds such as putties and cement patching may have asbestos-containing materials, so before you begin doing anything with your wall, make sure that safety measures are undertaken to avoid exposure to asbestos.

Switchboard panels and meter boards

Non-friable asbestos containing materials were typically used as electrical insulators, so it is safer to assume that your switchboard panels and meter boards contain asbestos, and then have them removed immediately. You can also have these materials tested if you want to be sure before replacing them.

Steam pipes and ducts

Metal pipes and ducts require the heat- and fire-resistant properties of asbestos, hence, these materials were secured using gaskets and caulking products that are partly made of asbestos.

Furnaces and burning stoves

Some of the oldest homes may have furnaces and wood-burning stoves, and to prevent fire-related accidents, materials that were used to surround the furnaces usually contain asbestos.

Home decor

The use of asbestos was prevalent in building construction, but unknown to many, there are also home and garden items that contain asbestos. If you own a property with garden decor such as a water pipe, planter bowl or even a table with a compressed sheet table top, then it is best to have our team from Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services check your home for presence of asbestos and other problems in your property.

Types Of Smoke Detection And Fire Alarm Systems

To ensure the safety of every household, it is required by the Australian law that smoke detection systems be installed in residential structures in Australia. Dwellings that were constructed or renovated since July 1997 are required to have hard-wired smoke alarm installations, while homes built prior to this date must have at least one battery-powered smoke alarm.

Residential Structures Requiring Smoke Alarms

Almost all types of dwellings require the installation of smoke alarms. Specifically, this includes:

  • A detached house or single dwelling.
  • Attached dwellings that are separated by a fire resistant barrier (firewall).
  • Guest houses or boarding houses in which the occupancy does not exceed 12 people and the total floor area is no more than 300 square metres.
  • Flats and apartments where there are two or more separate units in the building.
  • A single dwelling in a non-residential building.

If you are unsure about the requirements of the installation of a fire alarm system in a property you own, or the ideal locations of where the smoke detectors will be installed, our team from Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services can assist you.

Different Types of Fire Alarm Systems

Conventional

In a conventional fire alarm system, several smoke detectors are wired together in a zone, typically grouped on the same floor or storey. When smoke is detected, the control panel can monitor from which zone the alarm was triggered.

Addressable

The addressable fire alarm system functions almost similarly to the conventional fire alarm system, except that the control panel is able to identify which specific smoke detector has initiated the alarm. This allows for an efficient way to determine the exact location of possible danger and have a quicker response time.

Analogue Addressable

Apart from being able to determine the specific location of the smoke detector that has been triggered, the analogue addressable fire alarm system can also identify whether this alarm was caused by fire, fault or dirt build up in the detector (in which case, cleaning the detector will be necessary).

Wireless

Most wireless fire alarm systems use the analogue addressable feature, except that there is no need for cables. This is ideal for properties where installation of hard-wired smoke alarms is not possible, or for properties in which the structure needs to be preserved.

Ensuring that Your Smoke Alarm is Functional

Smoke alarms in residential properties should be compliant with the standards set by the Building Code of Australia. That is, smoke alarms must be in working order and permanently connected to a consumer mains power. For properties that are for sale or lease, the smoke alarms must not be more than 10 years old at the time of the acquisition, transfer of ownership or rental of the property.

It is also the responsibility of the seller, landlord or owner to make sure that the smoke alarm is fully functional. If you have a regular annual inspection with Defence Pest & Management Building Inspection Services, we can help you with the inspection of your fire alarm system installation and make sure that it is in working order.

Safe Handling And Disposal Of Asbestos Waste

Asbestos is known to be a hazardous material that can cause serious health threats. The use of asbestos-containing materials in building construction has since been prohibited in Australia. Laws on safe removal of asbestos from existing structures are also in place to ensure the safety of the entire community.

Asbestos Removal

Depending on the type of asbestos material and the amount of asbestos to be removed, there are different types of licence requirements for removal. For removal of non-friable asbestos, or materials that cannot be crumbled by the mere use of hand pressure, a licence is not required if the area is not larger than 10 square metres. However, our technicians at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services strongly discourage property owners from removing asbestos-containing materials by themselves.

Although removal of non-friable asbestos is allowed for individuals without a licence, there are still possibilities of asbestos particles contaminating the air during the process.

Should you perform the removal yourself, make sure that you do not use power tools, sanding materials or other equipment that might break the asbestos-containing material and cause the spread of asbestos particles. We recommend that you do not use a vacuum or compressed air for cleaning asbestos dust; instead, use a damp cloth and then dispose of the cloth in a sealed plastic bag.

Disposal of Asbestos Waste

Materials that contain asbestos must be handled carefully and waste must be properly sealed prior to transportation.

For non-friable or bonded asbestos, the material can first be wet down with water and then secured in a heavy-duty plastic bag that is no less than 0.2 mm thick. The bag can be wrapped with a duct tape. Make sure that there are no sharp edges or materials that will puncture or damage the sealed bag.

Friable asbestos and asbestos dust must be secured in a sealed container or a 0.2-mm plastic bag. Each bag should contain no more than 25 kg of friable asbestos and the bag must be secured with a wire tie. Soil that has been contaminated with asbestos should be wet down before disposal. Asbestos waste bags should have a proper and clear safety warning sign.

Only after the asbestos materials have been properly sealed can they be transported in a covered and leak-proof vehicle. Asbestos is categorised as a hazardous/special waste and can only be disposed of and buried in landfills that accept asbestos waste.

Getting Help with Removal and Disposal

For your convenience, you can ask for assistance on asbestos removal and disposal from our team at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services. Working with a licensed asbestos removalist will not only make the process more efficient for you; you can also be sure of your family’s safety.

The Importance of a Structural Adequacy Inspection

When a structure is being renovated, or when an extension is added to a building, it follows that there is an additional load to the current structure. This, in turn, can have an implication on the durability and strength of the foundation, columns, walls and other components of the house. To accommodate the development, alterations may be required to ensure that the entire structure can withstand the added load.

In these cases, Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services would recommend that you have your home inspected for structural adequacy. A complete building inspection will help you determine whether the current structural design of your property can support the additional load. If the existing structure will not be able to support the load of the proposed expansion, our professional inspectors will give you suggestions on how to address the inadequacies.

The inadequacies are usually resolved with a new structural design or the replacement of the materials used in the current design. While these alterations can be disruptive to the existing structure, it will guarantee that the proposed development can be carried out without further issues on the load-bearing capacity of the structure.

Alterations on the Foundation

For homes that are not being developed or expanded, it is possible that the gradual movement and caving in of the land (also known as subsidence) is affecting the structure’s foundation. Cracks on the wall can be a sign of subsidence. This issue needs to be addressed by having your property checked for structural adequacy. Depending on the cause and degree of damage, the solution can vary.

There are instances when the problem is caused by the drainage system on your property that might be slowly softening the soil, making the ground unable to completely support the weight of your house. The leaking drains should be repaired and the drainage system can be redesigned, if necessary. The problem can also be caused by surrounding objects, such as trees, which can be pruned to solve the issue.

If the problem lies on the existing foundation itself, however, then the structural design will need to be modified and reconstruction is recommended.

Obtaining a Structural Adequacy Certificate

The structural adequacy certificate is a proof that a building can support a predetermined load, ensuring that your property is safe for habitation. At Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services, we can assist you with identifying inadequacies with the load-bearing capacity of your property, as well as how the issues can be resolved by the most economic means.

In addition, if you are selling your property, which previously had problems with structural inadequacies but which have already been resolved, a structural adequacy certificate may also be necessary.

Due Diligence when Buying a Property

Whenever you are buying a new property, there is a possibility that you could get caught up in the excitement and simply make an offer. Before you do that, however, you need to ensure that you have professional building inspections conducted.

By skipping this simple step, you could be letting yourself in for a world of heartache down the road. Here’s all you need to know about building inspections.

Choosing the Right Company

Of course, a building inspection is really only as good as the building inspector who conducts it. Make sure to choose a reputable company with properly experienced inspectors who have access to up to date technology.

It is a good idea to get referrals from friends or to check online for potential candidates. Take a good look at the company’s website – a good service provider will explain exactly what they will do and what they will look for.

When to Get the Inspectors in

You are generally allowed a cooling off period after you make an offer to purchase a property. This is the ideal period in which to get the inspectors to visit the property. Alternatively, you could make an offer subject to a satisfactory building inspection being conducted.

Should a problem be found, you will then be able to back out of the deal legally.

The seller may also have had a building inspection conducted before putting the property on the market. Nevertheless, you will have to decide whether or not you can trust the strength of that document. You should consider having your own inspection conducted in spite of this, especially if you have any doubts.

Analyse the Report Thoroughly

The inspection is usually conducted quite quickly and you will be issued with a thorough report within a day or so.

The report will cover several aspects from the soundness of the property as a whole right down to areas of concern. They will check for structural defects, moisture, lack of ventilation, termite infestations and shoddy workmanship.

No property will be completely perfect but the inspector will be able to give you an idea of not only how serious the problems are but also how extensive repairs would have to be.

With this information in hand, you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not the property is good value for money and whether you are taking over someone else’s problems.

Storm Proofing Your Roof

Since the roof of your home is one of its most vulnerable spots, keeping it in top condition is critical. This is especially true when it comes to the sometimes severe storms that occur in the greater Brisbane area. If your roof is in poor shape, it won’t be able to cope well with intense storms – and the structural integrity of your entire home can become compromised. Instead of leaving things to chance, you should learn how to storm proof your roof, and have building inspections conducted from time to time.

Common Roof Problems

Many different things can cause problems for your roof, making it weak and susceptible to storm damages. A few of the top problems include:

Rust

Rusted connections and fittings are weak. When confronted with high winds and other storm phenomena, they can give out and spell serious trouble for your roof. From time to time, look your roof over and keep your eyes peeled for signs of rust; inspectors will do the same, and should let you know if they encounter any.

Loose Fittings and Bolts

Your roof is held together by several fittings, bolts and other connections. Over time, they can become loose; if they’re loose, and high winds occur, they can fall apart. Locate the bolts and fittings around your roof and make a point of checking on their condition every now and then. If they appear loose, tighten them or replace the hardware.

Rotten Timber

Timber can rot over time, most commonly due to water damage. Rotten timber is weak timber, and it’s susceptible to strong winds and other things that happen during a fierce storm. Look out for rotten timber and take care of it right away if you encounter any.

Termites

Termites can destroy your roof, which is why it is imperative to have a pest inspection firm look everything over from time to time. If the problem is detected early, damage can be minimal.

Save Aggravation and Money with Regular Inspections

By keeping all of the preceding points in mind, you can ensure that your home’s roof is capable of withstanding the occasionally fierce storms that roll through this part of the world. Prevention is far preferable to the cure, and inspections are the best preventive maintenance you can do. Get into the habit of looking your roof over yourself, but remember to bring in the professionals every now and then to get their expert opinions. If they encounter any problems or issues in your roof, they will alert you to them so that you can take the appropriate steps to remedy things. In the end, your home will stay in better shape.

Using Air Traps and Stand Pipes For Preventing Water Hammer

We know that in order to enjoy a comfortable occupancy, a functional water system is a must for any household or commercial property. But many times, when our technicians from Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services conduct inspections, clients ask what it means when every time they close the faucet, flush the toilet, use the washing machine or lock a valve, they hear some noise or feel the pipes vibrating. Most likely, this could mean that water hammer occurs in the pipes.

What is Water Hammer?

Water hammer is a surge caused by an abrupt stop or change in the direction of a fluid in motion. In household water systems, this commonly occurs when a valve is suddenly closed. This produces pressure that changes and accelerates the movement of water and since water is incompressible, this causes the water to forcefully slam against the pipe. Aside from resulting in vibrations and banging noises, water hammer can also damage fittings, fixtures and even cause the pipe to collapse. This, of course, can be dangerous not only because of possible structural damage but can also be hazardous to the occupants in the property.

Reducing the Occurrences of Water Hammer

The Use of Air Trap

Water’s incompressible nature makes controlling the water surge in an enclosed path even more difficult, especially when the pipe is filled with water alone. However, air traps can be used to lessen the intensity of the water movement. The system is designed to allow air to be trapped and move to higher points of the pipe, so that when waves of water begin to surge, the air will rise, putting a halt on the forceful water flow. The idea is that air is less dense than water and, in a way, it acts as a clearance to stop the water from forcefully banging directly against the pipe.

Stand Pipes

Stand pipes, which are usually built vertically, can be used to decrease the oscillation of water in the pipe. Stand pipes built for controlling water hammer can be installed for each valve and must be open at the top so that the air can absorb and decrease the force of the water flow.

Have Your Plumbing Installation Inspected

If water hammer has become a common occurrence in your property and you are noticing that the impact has become more intense, our team at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services recommend that you immediately have your plumbing installation inspected. Ignoring the problem may not only end up in costly damage repair expenses but could increase the potential risk of danger to the entire household.

Dealing With Minor Gutter Problems

Roof and gutter problems are a common concern for homeowners and property buyers, yet it is an issue often overlooked. This usually happens because the property is not regularly inspected or the inspection was not conducted thoroughly. It may not be until there is a heavy downpour that problems about leaking or overflowing gutters are revealed.

The Most Common Gutter Problems

When inspecting homes for roof and gutter problems, we often hear homeowners complain about gutter overflows especially after a consistent downpour, even with only moderate rain.

Our technicians from Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services later discover that these problems mostly stem from:

Faulty installations

Incorrect installation of the eaves or drainage pipe or the gutter simply having an insufficient slope can cause water to gather in the gutter valley. If there is a delay in movement and water drains too slowly, rainwater may begin to overflow.

Problems with installation may also cause rainwater to leak into the ceiling and even lead to severe damage in the interiors and other parts of the property.

The effects of faulty installations can be prevented by making sure that issues are identified and corrected immediately and that, most importantly, installation work is handled by a reputable builder.

Clogged gutter

If the gutter is not being cleaned on a regular basis, dried leaves and other debris may get stuck and clog the gutter, which can cause overflows and even damage the material.

Yet because it can never be avoided that debris will continue to gather in the gutter valley after several months, our technicians from Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services advise that roofs and gutters be maintained and cleaned routinely. Checking and cleaning the gutter at least once every three months can help avoid the build up of leaves, dirt and even moulds.

Damaged gutter

Due to wear and tear, the gutter may start becoming rusty and less durable over time. This can result in cracks and holes leading to water leakages that may flow into the ceiling or wall to which the roof is connected.

Although it cannot be avoided that at some point roofs and gutters will be damaged due to consistent exposure to water, heat and different types of debris, being able to identify the problem before it causes significant damage to the property can save you from expensive repair costs.

Have Gutters Checked During Property Inspections

If regular inspections are being conducted on your property, then you are less likely to worry about dealing with gutter problems. Still, you should take the initiative to ensure with your property inspector that your roof and gutter are carefully checked for problems. You should also make it a point that as soon as issues are discovered,repair work is done immediately.

Keeping Yourself Aware of the Dangers of Asbestos

With asbestos present in about one in every three homes in Australia, it is no surprise that the removal of asbestos is a common subject during client consultations at Defence Pest and Building Inspections.

Despite warnings about the dangers of asbestos, however, many homeowners are still not well-informed about its health risks and the legal requirements for the removal and management of asbestos.

And with November being the month of Asbestos Awareness, our team at Defence Pest and Building Inspections joins in helping raise understanding on the impact of asbestos on health and on the proper methods of asbestos management.

Some Facts About Asbestos

  • Asbestos is a group of minerals mainly composed of silicon and oxygen, and is most distinct for its fibrous form. The mining of asbestos was widespread until the 1900s, when it was discovered to be toxic to health.
  • Due to its fire-resistant, heat-resistant and binding properties, asbestos was a popular material in the building and construction industry.
  • In homes, asbestos can be found as materials on walls and wall coverings, ceilings, floor tiles, insulated pipes and window glaze.
  • Inhalation of asbestos or contact on skin can be hazardous. The health risks include cancer of the lining of the chest (mesothelioma), lung cancer and the scarring of lungs caused by inhaling asbestos fibres (asbestosis).
  • The use of asbestos has been permanently banned in Australia since 1987 and there is a continuous push to remove asbestos from every home that contains such materials.

Is My Home Free from Asbestos?

If your house was built before the total ban of asbestos, there is a chance that it contains asbestos. While it cannot be easily determined through visual inspection, our licensed inspectors can help with identifying materials and areas where asbestos is present, using the appropriate equipment.

What to Do if My Home Contains Asbestos?

To guard your family against health risks, it is recommended that asbestos be removed from your property. The long-term effects of prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to malignant conditions. Since airborne particles cannot be seen by the naked eye, there is an increased risk if asbestos materials become damaged without your knowledge.

When it comes to asbestos management, you have to take into consideration that only licensed individuals are allowed to remove large amounts of asbestos. Doing it on your own may put you and your family’s health in danger.

What If I Don’t Have The Asbestos Removed?

We have encountered property owners who prefer to not have asbestos removed. The most common reason is that they do not require renovation and the removal process may only incur costs. However, the cost of inspection and removal is minute compared to the health risks of keeping asbestos in your home.

Furthermore, accidental damage, a small hole in the wall, or broken materials can release the toxic fibres, increasing your risk to exposure and diseases – all of which can be avoided if asbestos is completely removed from your property.