For years property owners have been trying to work out if they can identify asbestos walls in their homes or workplaces. But it is really a difficult task. Asbestos isn’t visible to the naked eye and it can take a professional to identify whether you do in fact have asbestos walls – and sometimes they can’t even tell without sending it off for testing.
One of the easiest ways of identifying asbestos walls is through the manufacturer paperwork and any labels on insulation installed in your home. If you have this information, you can research further into the product to see if it was made with asbestos. If there is a manufacturing label that has a dare between 1940 and 1980, there is a good chance it contains asbestos materials.
The patterning on your wall may also indicate the use of asbestos. Originally, asbestos walls had a pattern that looked like small dimples or craters all over the surface. Materials that were used instead of asbestos didn’t have these same patterns and textures. This one isn’t fool-proof, but can give you an idea of if there is asbestos walls in your home.
A good indicator of whether you may have asbestos walls is the date your home was built. If your home was built pre-1990, there is a really good chance the walls in your home are made from a material containing asbestos.
Because it is so difficult to identify asbestos walls, it is recommended to have a professional inspect and test your walls. You should also consider having other parts of your home tested including any vinyl flooring or external walls as these may also contain asbestos.
Icon Asbestos are one of the leading asbestos removal companies in Brisbane. We can identify potential asbestos walls and have them tested. If they come back positive, we can organise the removal of these walls for you, ensuring your renovation or building project is safe. Contact us for an inspection.