Asbestos is a bad product, however 50 years ago, Asbestos was regarded as one of the most useful minerals due to its versatility, strength, flexibility and affordability. For this reason, a plethora of companies applied it to their industries worldwide and it was extremely popular within Australia. Due to the catastrophic health risks associated with the mineral, its application to the home was discontinued in the 1980’s, before finally becoming legally banned in 2003. In this new blog by Focus Demolition, the health risks of asbestos are discussed, as well as the reasons why asbestos removal in Perth is so important.
Why is asbestos a problem for Perth homes?
Due to the perceived benefits of asbestos in the construction industry, it is highly likely any Perth home built before the mid-1980’s contains traces of asbestos. It can be within the exterior and internal walls, the fence, roof, tiles, pipes or a number of other parts of the home.
Asbestos is a danger to your home because of the amount of health risks associated with it. It was used by a rapidly decreasing amount of companies when a number of court cases began to arise in the 1980’s, before catastrophic links were found and it was eventually banned in 2003. Since then, professionals have been removing asbestos from homes and other buildings for the safety of those within it. It is now illegal to import, sell, install or supply asbestos in Western Australia.
What are the health risks?
The health risks of asbestos are dependent on a number of factors, including the length of time that you were exposed to it, how many fibres you inhaled and how often you were actually exposed.
Based on these factors, there are a number of diseases that can eventuate from asbestos exposure. These include asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, which is the most fatal as prognosis is poor. Malignant mesothelioma is a painful, deadly cancer that is a direct result of the inhalation of asbestos fibres. In the most recent statistics, it is reported that 641 Australians died from the fatal disease in 2014 and that number is estimated to have grown in the past two years.
These health factors exemplify the importance of having asbestos removed from your home, if you believe that it may contain traces of the toxic mineral. With the consequences being as fatal as they are, there is no reason to risk having asbestos in your home any longer.
As experts in asbestos removal, we at Focus Demolition are committed to making your building a safe one. We are industry leaders in asbestos roof removal in Perth and our experienced team will use their knowledge to remove any trace of asbestos from your home. On top of this, we are well known for our asbestos re-roofing in Perth and have been praised in the past for our commitment to your safety. By getting in contact with Focus Demolition today, you can give yourself the peace of mind of knowing that you and your family are safe.