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Why asbestos removal should never be a DIY job

Asbestos was originally used for its effective insulating properties prior to the discovery of its high toxicity. It’s a naturally occurring mineral whose fibers are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. Asbestos fibers are also able to be combined with other materials such as plastic or cement to make them stronger.

The negative stigma associated with asbestos comes from the effects asbestos dust when inhaled or ingested has on the human body. Asbestos fibers often become permanently trapped in the body, causing immense damage. Over time the trapped fibers can cause a number of problems, including the rare and aggressive Mesothelioma cancer and the chronic lung disease Asbestosis. It’s now widely considered that no amount of asbestos exposure is safe.

As a result of the world-wide use of asbestos use:

  • It’s estimated 125 million people worldwide are still at risk of occupational exposure to asbestos
  • Approximately 90,000 people die globally each year from asbestos related illnesses
  • Asbestos exposure remains the number one cause of work-related deaths worldwide

Since the late 1800’s up until December 2003 when asbestos was finally banned in workplaces Australia wide, it was frequently used during the construction of homes and buildings throughout the country for its fireproofing, soundproofing and insulating properties. It was used while manufacturing roofing, internal and external wall cladding, eaves, fencing, thermal boards, pipes and more.

Although some small-scale asbestos removal is legal to carry out yourself (depending on your state), the potential cost to human health is not worth the DIY. Licensed professionals are highly trained in detecting, safely removing and disposing of asbestos.

At Townsville Demolitions we hold the required licenses to remove asbestos from all types of buildings. We then safely transport the removed asbestos to the Townsville City Council waste facility. Once we have cleared your site of asbestos, an independent hygienist will visit the site and perform a clearance inspection, before issuing a Clearance Certificate so you can rest assured the job has been performed to a high quality standard.

Unsure if your home, school or building holds asbestos? Don’t risk your safety and the safety of those around you, give our friendly team a call today on 07 4775 7148 to organise your free asbestos inspection. Our authorised asbestos specialists at Townsville Demolitions will carry out a comprehensive asbestos inspection to determine if your space contains this highly dangerous substance.


Call Townsville Demolitions on (07) 4775 7148 today, to organise your free asbestos inspection.

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