How to Protect Your Family and Neighbours from Asbestos

Asbestos as a dangerous product is nothing new, most of us already know that this deadly carcinogenic is responsible for the diseases called mesothelioma and asbestosis. We know the best this to do with asbestos is to have it removed. There are time however that it cannot be removed, either because of positioning in a structure, or because of budgetary constraints, removal cost can be expensive! But don’t worry, discuss it with expert with free quotes most asbestos removal companies Sydney will provide. They will be happy to help you calculating how big your project is.

How then do you protect you family and loved ones, not to mention your neighbours who may share an asbestos fence with you, from these potentially deadly fibres. If you cannot afford removal, or it is not possible, your mantra should be “Encapsulation!”. Encapsulate asbestos in a think paint or multiple layers of paint.

It is when asbestos material becomes old, worn, or weathered that it becomes a problem. This is when the fibres can float off and become airborne and potential breathed into the lungs. It is a frightening thing. We have all seen it while driving around our local suburbs, the old asbestos fence or roof, and how weathered it is, these ticking time bombs are either a storm away from totally opening up and letting fibres float, or they are already.

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It is sad to see an old asbestos roof, weathered and peeling, next door to a children’s park. You can only imagine how many fibres the wind has blown on the play equipment.

These are careless or uneducated people. They should be advised that they need to keep their asbestos coated or “encapsulated” or have it removed. This is for the safety of all that live and work in the area.

It must be noted that to you should never prepare asbestos to be painted, it must never NEVER be sanded or ground back. This action will merely cause a sudden rush of fibres and will deem the process of encapsulation pointless, not to mention covering you and your home and yard in fibres. Asbestos regardless of its condition should be painted straight over the top off. Add as many layers as you deem necessary for it to fully encapsulate the product and to look aesthetically pleasing. Remember the golden rule however, never ever sand, cut, grind, hose or waterblast or do anything to asbestos that will cause a fibre release.

If you have followed these directions, you have now made your family and neighbours, safe from asbestos. The added benefit is that your home will look more pleasant with a fresh coat of paint. Treating asbestos in this way is the best form of asbestos maintenance possible. Not all asbestos needs to be removed, it can be kept in a safe condition with some good thick paint. Now, enjoy your home!