If you intend to add value to your house, then renovating it is a good option. This is an assured way of cashing in when the time to sell it comes. But before you embark on the process of renovating, consider the high risks that you have to take that include the inevitable OHS hazards, the use of dangerous equipment, and more. Besides, you shouldn’t ignore the pertinent dangers posed by asbestos!
Asbestos is a versatile mineral that occurs naturally. It remained undiscovered until the 1900s when the construction industry identified some of its unique quality features such as its tensile strength, firefighting capabilities, and the ability to absorb sound. These unique features made asbestos one of the most sought-after material to solve construction material design problems.
Darker and gloomy consequences
Unknown to manufacturers, was the distressing reality about asbestos’s darker and gloomy consequences, when inhaled in its fibre form. This metal that works wonders in a myriad of applications is indeed a cause of some of the most deadly diseases in the world. Inhaling asbestos fibre can lead to asbestos poisoning and complications.
Some other life-threatening illnesses that can be caused by inhaling asbestos fibre include pleural and lung cancer and mesothelioma. So, if you’re planning either a long term or short term renovation of your house, you’re likely to face some grave implications from asbestos.
As technology improved and asbestos became more and more useful in many applications, including oven mitts, cigarette filters, shoe soles and even airport runways, the house construction remained the greatest consumer of asbestos.
Many homes in the UK constructed as early as the 20th century and up to 1984 contain significant amounts of asbestos. This means that if today you live in a house that was built two decades ago you could be a potential victim of asbestos poisoning. So it’s a good idea to commission an expert to conduct an asbestos audit in your home with the aim of getting rid of it. This way you can secure your precious life from the dangers asbestos can cause.
If the materials containing asbestos in your house are well maintained, you’re still safe. Asbestos dangers are most likely to occur when the materials containing asbestos are exposed to natural causes such as severe weather or other forms of human interference. So avoid causing asbestos to generate fibre in any way! And mostly avoid letting the fibre float airborne.
You’re most likely to encounter materials containing asbestos in your home’s roof sheeting and cladding. We strongly advise that you call a professional asbestos roof removal company to come and dispose of your home’s asbestos roofing. Doing it on your own is an assured way of exposing yourself to grave danger.