Asbestos was used in firmly-bound and loosely-bound building materials throughout homes built before the late
1980s. The most common asbestos is in firmly-bound, which was used in:
• Asbestos-cement sheeting;
• Fibro water or flue pipes;
• Roof shingles;
• Flexible building boards;
• Imitation cladding;
• Plaster patching compounds;
• Textured paint;
• Vinyl floor tiles; and
• The backing of linoleum floor coverings. The loosely-bound form was generally used in older types of insulation for:
• Hot water pipes;
• Domestic heaters and stoves; and
• Ceiling insulation (more often used in commercial building permit) Loosely-bound asbestos poses a higher health risk than firmly-bound material. In most instances fibre glass has replaced asbestos in modern day insulation products
What should i do if i find asbestos?
Generally, if your home was built by a Melbourne builder before the 1980s then it is likely that asbestos will be in some of the materials used. This doesn’t mean you are necessarily at risk because if asbestos building materials are in good condition they are unlikely to release fibres.
Can i remove asbestos?
You or your Melbourne builder may legally remove asbestos from your property, but it should be done with extreme care and precautions. The removal, packaging, transport and disposal of asbestos are all times when you are at the highest health risk from fibres and dust, if the material isn’t handled correctly. Only a licensed professional or Melbourne Builder should remove loosely-bound asbestos, as the health risks are significant and much greater than firmly-bound asbestos.