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Asbestos Beware: A Short History of Asbestos Fencing and why you Shouldn’t Remove it Yourself

Asbestos is a natural mineral found below the surface of the earth. It is unique because it is made up of tiny fibers that are very durable, fire resistant, and serve as an excellent source of insulation. For this reason, asbestos was used heavily in Australian residential building from the 1940s, until the late 1980s. As a fence provider in Perth, we’d like to explain the dangers of asbestos fencing, and the right way to approach its removal.

Dangers

Unfortunately, while asbestos was once considered to be useful, it can also be quite dangerous. The fibers that make up asbestos are between 50 to 200 times thinner than any human hair. They are invisible to the naked eye and they can be easily breathed in, where they can cause a lot of damage to the lungs. This came to light when the earliest buildings made with asbestos began to degrade, and the asbestos used in them began to leak out into these buildings and make lot of people sick.

Asbestos Discontinued

It wasn’t until the late 1980s that asbestos was discontinued as a building material, and there are still a lot of buildings, and in particular fencing, that are constructed from asbestos. To discover whether your fencing is constructed from asbestos, find out when it was built. If it was constructed before the mid-1990s, there’s a very good chance it is, especially if it was built before 1989.

Removing Asbestos Fencing Right

The process for removing asbestos is very difficult and time consuming. Because asbestos is an airborne health hazard, it must be removed using special equipment and procedures, to ensure that no asbestos is left behind to harm anyone. It is strongly advisable to call an asbestos removal company to remove the asbestos from any building or fencing that you may be living near, rather than trying to remove it yourself. Trying to remove it yourself is dangerous and may result in tiny asbestos fibers becoming airborne in your backyard. It is particularly worth noting that asbestos hazards affect children more readily than adults, as their lungs are much smaller.

If you would like a quote for the installation of a new aluminum fencing solution around your Perth home, please contact us now.