Don’t miss out on getting help when Dealing with Corrugated Asbestos Roofing Sheets
If you live in a house or work in an office that was constructed prior to the 2000’s, i.e. the 20th century, it is likely that there is some asbestos construction in your home or office. You may have corrugated asbestos roofing sheets or even Artex Surface Coating for your walls and ceilings, which may have asbestos.
Asbestos was widely used in the 60s till the mid-80s because of its strength and heat resistance. Asbestos was also known for its fireproofing properties. Plasters may have been used to coat the ceiling, floors and walls. These plasters are likely to contain asbestos. Many flooring adhesives at that time also used asbestos.
No real danger till it cracks
When your corrugated asbestos roofing sheets are well maintained and don’t show any visible signs of destruction or deterioration, there’s no risk or danger to your health. If you were planning on getting rid of asbestos roofing, you might want to reconsider.
Until the roof shows any signs of deterioration or damage, the best option is to leave it there. It is only when the minuscule fibres from the asbestos are released into the air that they pose a serious health hazard. These tiny fibres can get lodged in your lungs and impair their function over time.
You can find these fibres escaping from the corrugated asbestos roofing sheets on top of your garage. Unless you are continuously exposed to these harmful fibres in the long term, you’re relatively safe… These fibres can also be found elsewhere in your home. So where exactly can you find these asbestos risks? How can professionals protect you?
Household Asbestos Risk Areas you should be wary of
These are just some of the places where the risk of finding asbestos is high. These include:
- Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in corrugated asbestos roofing sheets as well as shingles. There are many older houses that contain asbestos cement.
- The older houses from the 1930s and the 1950s may have pure asbestos insulation. The crushed asbestos is placed between the roof and inner ceilings to create an insulating layer in order to protect the house from the effects of heat and extreme weather conditions.
- If you have a gas-fired fireplace in the house (usually found in older ones), any artificial embers or ashes used for lining the fireplace may have asbestos. Although, a gas-fired fireplace may look like a welcome addition to your house. It may elevate health risks.
- Pipes for steam or hot water may have asbestos adhesive tape or they may even be lined with asbestos-containing materials.
How to stay Protected during Professional Asbestos Removal
If you have decided that you are getting rid of asbestos roofing, hire a professional. These guidelines are used by the professionals so that they remain protected.
- Once asbestos operatives have finished working in the contaminated area for the day, they remove their protective overalls and dispose of as contaminated waste. The overalls are double bagged and placed with the other waste for transfer to a hazardous waste station.
- Whenever the asbestos operatives are in the contaminated area for asbestos remedial or removal, they wear a coverall, disposable gloves, to avoid coming into contact with the asbestos fibres.
- An asbestos removal approved half mask will be worn at all times while they are in the contaminated area.