This is a question many people ask. In asking this question they are generally actually asking not has my home got asbestos but is my home safe.

So in answering this question the first thing that needs to be said is whether or not asbestos is dangerous or not. Lets face it we get warnings every now and then from the media about this deadly product. Asbestos can cause serious diseases such as cancer, mesothelioma, and other non-malignant lung diseases.

As asbestos is a strong and heat resistant naturally occurring product it has been used in many building products such as roofing , fencing , eaves linings, wet area linings, pipes, electric fittings, floor coverings and insulation it is a fair question to ask. Whilst we need to be reminded of the dangers of asbestos the media does need to be more careful than sometimes they are to avoid creating paranoia.

I say this because I often experience purchasers expressing concern to the point of paranoia if they learn from a pre-purchase building inspection that the home they are considering buying has asbestos in it. Lets put things into perspective however.

Most homes built in Adelaide are likely to contain asbestos in one form or another. Indeed we suggest that any home built prior to 1992 may indeed have materials in their construction that contain asbestos. Further most products in buildings containing asbestos do not represent a danger if in good condition and left intact. The danger comes from breaking, drilling or otherwise allowing the asbestos fibres in the material to become airborne.

So these materials can be harmful if the asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in. The challenge therefore is how to handle the asbestos in your home.

In future blogs we intend to address the question of when houses can  seen as no longer contain asbestos and how to manage asbestos that you do have in your home.