What is Asbestos?
How Can Asbestos Be Harmful?
Asbestos fibres don’t break down in the human body so inhaling the fibres causes irreparable damage to lung tissue.
What Building Materials Contain Asbestos
Examples of building products that may contain asbestos include roof tiles, loose installation, floor tiles, and asbestos cement.
If your home dates back to the period from the 1950s to the 1970s, its building components likely contain asbestos. Newer homes might also have structures containing asbestos.
What is an Asbestos Testing Kit?
An asbestos testing kit contains basic collection equipment to collect an asbestos sample. This sample are must be sent to a lab for analysis.
Remember, using an asbestos testing or sampling kit but it doesn’t allow you to analyse the results yourself.
A sampling kit includes:
- A pair of disposable gloves
- A mask
- Disposable coveralls
- Lock bags for samples
- A plastic sheet
- Chemical-free wet wipes
- Waste bags
If you sample pipe insulation, sprayed coating, or loose asbestos insulation, don’t use a sampling kit as your risk of exposure will be too high. Instead, contact our asbestos testing team at Asbestos Watch Brisbane to schedule an onsite asbestos inspection and analysis.
Where to Look for Asbestos in Your Home
Structures and building products that are more likely to contain asbestos include
- Textured and sprayed coatings
- Fascia and soffits
- Insulating boards and loose insulation
- Popcorn ceilings
- Wallboards and wallboard joint compounds
- Sink pads
- Fire doors and blankets
- Floor, ceiling, and roof tiles
- Pipe lagging and downpipes
Asbestos is present in all building types, including houses, hospitals, schools, and industrial buildings. If your building is relatively old and still has its original structural components, asbestos testing is critical to reducing occupants’ risk of health complications.