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Get to Know More About Asbestos Cement Sheeting

Asbestos is the most common hazardous material you can find in older houses. Most buildings built before 1990 use asbestos cement sheeting as its main material. This is because its great abilities. Asbestos is non-flammable thus it is durable, flexible and able to resist heat. The substance is fibrous and crystalline. It is also elastic and brittle. Asbestos is also good as sound insulation.

 

Asbestos Cement sheeting materials

 

One of many asbestos products you can find in older houses is asbestos cement (AC) sheeting. This cladding material is very economical. Thus, it was so popular in the past. Walls made of AC are fairly rigid and light-weighted too.  AC sheeting also comes in many kinds of shapes and patterns, which have their own specific usability.

Installing asbestos cement sheeting takes time. First you need to make an installation to build it. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Create wooden or steel structures to fixed the sheeting.
  • Fixed the sheeting on the installed structure.
  • Each slab consists of corrugated asbestos cement sheet and plain side.
  • Use other styles of asbestos cement sheeting for a superior type look.

Asbestos cement sheeting brings both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

  • Helped with soundproofing
  • Fire resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Affordable
  • Durable

Disadvantages

  • Cause severe lung diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and many more.

Nowadays, this harmful material has been completely banned in Australia due to its disadvantages. Weathered asbestos cement sheeting may release asbestos dust. This can lead to a severe lung illness if inhaled. Thus, the Government creates regulations to handle asbestos materials safely.

Asbestos dust will be piling up inside the lungs if inhaled. It will disturb human’s respiration system. Furthermore, numerous studies still haven’t found a cure to heal these diseases. That’s why asbestos-related diseases are dangerous.

Asbestos testing and removal services are also popular in Canberra to protect people from getting exposed to asbestos dust. It is better to avoid asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer than keeping the asbestos product installed in your home. Don’t be hasty when it comes to safety; Your safety is not worth the risk!

Asbestos dust can’t be seen by the naked eyes. Thus, you must find and identify the presence of asbestos cement sheeting in your house!

Here’s how you do it:

  • Identify the building’s age: It is the easier way to know whether your building has asbestos or not. Figure out when it was built!
  • Identify what kind of materials was used to built the building: Search for the building’s report or plan. You can probably find some information whether the constructor use asbestos or not.
  • Conduct a through inspection: Ask professional removalists to perform asbestos testing thoroughly around the building. Through this service you can find out the exact concentration of asbestos in your house.
  • Perform a removal: After you find asbestos in your house, immediately remove all asbestos products from the building. You will never know when the product will get weathered. Thus, it is better to prevent the exposure than waiting until it’s too late!

The removal process needs to be done safely. Here are some tips for asbestos removal: 

Do’s

  • Work on sunny days (not on windy days) in a well-ventilated area.
  • Always wet down all materials thoroughly before, during and after the removal process are being conducted.
  • Keep everything wet until it is ready to be transported.
  • Use hand-tools to reduce generating more asbestos dust.
  • Remove all nails to minimise the breakage of the materials.
  • Put down asbestos cement sheeting carefully during the removal process.
  • Cover all removed asbestos with thick plastic sheeting.
  • Minimise breaking and cutting on asbestos cement sheeting.
  • Immediately remove and dispose of all protective gears.
  • Clean your body thoroughly and make sure there’s no asbestos dust left behind.

Don’ts

  • Wet all material surfaces with high-pressure water jets.
  • Use power tools to cut or break the asbestos cement sheeting.
  • Walk over the corrugated roofs.
  • Leave asbestos cement products everywhere without covering them safely.

If you don’t think you can handle asbestos in the right way, make sure to leave it to professional care! You must avoid fines and criminal charges for handling the asbestos products carelessly. So, don’t cost your safety and saving at risk! Do it in the right way from the beginning.

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