It was in 1967 that the use of Crocidolite Asbestos ( or commonly known as blue Asbestos) was banned in Australia. While the health risks from asbestos where seriously investigated in Australia from the 1980’s, it was not until 2003 that it’s use in Australia was officially banned. From the year 2003, the recycling, importing or use of asbestos was completely banned. For 11 years, there has been no use of Asbestos in Australia in any area of construction, textiles or home wares, yet the clean up of Asbestos still continues.
The ravages of Asbestos on the human body will take up to 40 to manifest, meaning that the buildings that went up 20, 30 even 40 years ago, my still be killing people in 2054. It may even take that long before Australia rids itself of the Asbestos in homes now. Australia is still involved in a very extensive and ongoing task of cleaning up and counting the cost of asbestos use in our country.
The removal of asbestos in homes around Australia is an ongoing problem that will need to be dealt with for years to come. As Australia was one of the highest users and consumers of Asbestos during the 70’s there are thousands and thousands of homes from Brisbane, Calgary, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. Every city in Australia is effected.
Australia’s rate of Asbestos use was one of the highest in the world. Asbestos was extremely popular in Australia because of it’s very low cost – But now the cost of cleaning up this gigantic mess makes the small saving made 30 years ago seem ridiculous.
What will it cost you?
Removing Asbestos from your home will either cost you your health, or a lot of cash. It is as simple as that.
The risk of removing Asbestos from your home is high. Once you drill, pry, break or unsettle asbestos in anyway it becomes dangerous, causing microscopic fibres to be released into the atmosphere. This is when deadly asbestos fibres are inhaled through the mouth and nose ending up in the lungs, circulatory system and digestive systems. In paying to have asbestos removed from your home, you are not only paying for the physical service of having the product removed, you are also paying someone else to take on that responsibility and risk.
The monetary price of having asbestos removed from your home will depend on a number of facts.
- Is the Asbestos still in solid sheets
- Or has the Asbestos been broken or damaged in any way.
- Is the Asbestos in a load baring wall?
- Or can the Asbestos sheets be removed easily?
- Is the Asbestos sealed with paint or something else?
- Or is the asbestos untreated and raw?
- Is the asbestos loose as in a kind of Dust (as seen with Mr Fluffy Insulation)
- Or can the asbestos be removed in large chunks?
All of these factors will be reviewed by a qualified Asbestos removalist when they come to your home to give you an initial quote for the removal. Every home is different and access to asbestos in everyones home posses its own unique problems. There is no way to give a fixed price on the asbestos removal without seeing the position and state that the asbestos is in.
Your quote may vary anywhere from $300 to pick up a few solid asbestos sheets from your garage, to thousands of dollars to remove loose asbestos fibres from your ceiling cavity.
Removing Asbestos from Inside your Home
The Cost of removing Asbestos from your inside your home is often quite expensive, due to the stringent safety regulations enforced on the removal. The Asbestos removal will also require an extensive clean up of your homes afterwards, which can take a very long time.
The asbestos removal company are require by law to conduct a very thorough clean up of your home after the removal of the asbestos as any fibre of fabric in your home can trap and hold the asbestos fibres. This includes carpets, blinds, curtains and couches. Often it may be recommended to you that you leave the asbestos sheeting where it is in your home if it is whole, in good condition and painted or completely sealed – as removing it may cause a higher risk of mesothelioma than leaving it in place. It is up to a qualified Asbestos removal company to make a recommendation based on your individual circumstances.
Removing Asbestos from anywhere on your Property
Different prices are available for different situation. Will need to get a quote from the provider over the phone before the pick up. A smashed up pile of Asbestos Sheeting in the back yard, or dug up after renovations will cost a great deal more money that a very neat ordered pile of whole asbestos sheets to be picked up from the curb of your home.
Ask if Your Asbestos removal Quote also Covers Clean Up?
While almost every quote for Asbestos removal will include an extensive clean up afterwards, make sure to ask anyway. Cleaning your home after you have had asbestos removed can be just as dangerous all pulling the panels out yourself.