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Asbestos Roofs in Adelaide: Know the risks

May 06, 2019

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Use of asbestos removal Adelaide was prevalent in Australian homes until the late eighties. It was used as roofing material in the form of a corrugated fibro product. These sheets were thicker than corrugated iron sheets; they had a weathered appearance with a matte finish. The weathering of the asbestos sheet is not a cosmetic property, but it is an indication of the change in the structure of the material. After a few years, asbestos roof removal Adelaide disintegrate due to the exposure to weather. In a place like Adelaide where hailstorm is rampant, the disintegration happens faster. When the upper surface disintegrates, the asbestos particles spread in the surrounding areas by winds and rains. Winds make them airborne whereas water takes them to the waterbodies.

Asbestos roofing has three types of fibro:

  • Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos)
  • Amosite (Brown Asbestos)
  • Chrysolite (White Asbestos)

All three types are considered risky.

The risk factors

When the risks associated with asbestos exposure surfaced, extensive research was conducted to establish the correlation. Studies revealed shocking results. The prolonged exposure to Asbestos was found responsible for several ailments, and a few of them are fatal. Not only those who are involved in the trade, storage, transportation, application and removal of asbestos roofs are at risk, but those also who live in the surrounding areas. Hence, the use was banned three decades ago. However, millions of building in Australia still have asbestos roofs. Since they are quite old, the risk of exposure is incredibly high.

What are the significant health risks?

When the tiny fibers are inhaled, they don’t decompose. And thus, remain lodged permanently in the lungs. When the body tries to fight against these foreign particles, it causes inflammation, infection, and soreness. Major diseases that are caused by Asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural thickening

Those who have a weak immune system or smokers get severely impacted by Asbestos exposure. Smoking acts as a catalyst for the development of cancer. It is considered a fatal combination. Also, people having respiratory problems get more affected by Asbestos exposure than others. They get infections repeatedly that persist for a long time. To avoid the risk of asbestos exposure; all old roofs should be replaced with non-asbestos roofing. Also, enough care should be taken while removing the old roof.

By avoiding close contact with asbestos sheets and taking necessary precautions, it is possible to limit the health risks associated with asbestos.