What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, made up of many small, strong fibres. These fibres can cause detrimental illnesses including Asbestosis and cancer.

Asbestos is a mineral fibre which is often used in building materials. If disturbed, it can break down into a fine dust which can easily be carried in the air and inhaled. When inhaled, it can cause a range of serious health issues, including respiratory issues, Asbestosis (progressive fibrosis of the lungs), cancer, and death. It can take years for the symptoms of asbestos poisoning to start showing, and there’s little you can do once you’ve discovered the issue.

Asbestos was a very popular building material until the 1980’s, when studies found that it had serious health issues if broken or disrupted. As a result, many homes and buildings in New Zealand contain asbestos, which a serious risk to your health.

Studies show that there is no safe level of asbestos dust exposure – which is why it’s so important for everyone to understand the risks and hazards associated with it, and for you to get it removed as soon as it is identified.

Where can asbestos be found?

Asbestos is regularly found in houses and commercial buildings built before the late 1980’s. Because of it’s strength, heat resistance, and sound-proofing qualities, asbestos was a very popular building material during this era. It was only banned in New Zealand in 2016, which means it can also be found in newer properties as well.

How do I know if there is asbestos in my home?

If your house was built before the late 80’s, there is a higher chance that asbestos was used in it’s creation. If you are unsure whether asbestos was used in your property, or think it may be, you can get in touch with us on 0800 005 460 and book in a survey.

Contact Forensic Building Specialists

At Forensic Building Specialists we welcome your questions. Whether it’s information about our services, a general enquiry, or if you’re looking for a quote, our team would be happy to help. Simply get in touch using the contact details below, or by filling out the form.

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