Other than the walls and ceiling of your house, asbestos can be found in the floors of your building as well. In most cases, it is because vinyl asbestos flooring is the safest, although that fact changes as soon as you plan to remove it.
Vinyl is a very popular ingredient that is used on the floors of buildings for a long time now. It is a type of plastic and in the old times, vinyl products used to contain asbestos too, which are present in a good lot of buildings across entire Australia.
Asbestos is a very toxic material and it was used in ingredients used for building houses and commercial buildings by manufacturers from the ‘40s to ‘70s at a vast rate. The toxicity among them starts to affect humans when these materials are disturbed and asbestos starts to mix in the surrounding environment in the form of minute fibres. These fibres get inhaled quite easily and result in several types of chronic and terminal diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, etc.
The building materials made from asbestos are categorised into two types depending on their level of affecting humans.
Vinyl flooring that is damaged or is crumbling, can release asbestos fibres quite easily, affecting people who live there. Such damaged vinyl flooring needs to be removed very carefully by a licensed asbestos removalist.
Although when the vinyl flooring is in sound condition and contains no damages, it is considered as non-friable as there are minimal to no chances of asbestos fibres getting released from them. These floors are safe to walk on or live around. But, if you plan to scrape or use power tools on them, then that is not a good idea.
You can just put a new layer of flooring on the top of your damaged vinyl asbestos floor so that the asbestos gets contained in the same. You can also apply an epoxy coating or floor paint on top of it. But, this will help you till there is no demolition or renovation work going on on that floor in the future.
It is the best and the safest to remove asbestos-containing building materials with the help of an asbestos tile removal specialist or licensed asbestos removalist. People working should always wear protective gear that can help them stay out of asbestos exposure or getting in direct contact with this toxic substance. They should also follow special measures and procedures that can help avoid the contamination of the whole building or the surrounding environment.
You should always depend on professionals who deal in asbestos abatement or are professionals in asbestos tile removal. But, there are no provisions that do not allow you to perform asbestos removal all by yourself at residential buildings. Although that is not recommended at all.
Even if you are about to start removing asbestos floor tiles by yourself, then you should definitely go through the guidelines issued by the government on asbestos tile removal.
Once you are done with all these, take these precautions and equipment so that you do not end up putting your family and your neighbourhood at risk of asbestos contamination.
Follow these steps carefully when you are working on asbestos removal all by yourself. Although it is best to hire an asbestos abatement specialist like Myers Asbestos Removal to perform the entire procedure.