That’s quite a difficult question to answer and will have many differing outcomes dependent on the huge variants in the type of asbestos, its condition and locations (especially the materials ability to be disturbed or not) in some situations it may well be safe to leave it alone , asbestos is generally not classed as dangerous when it is undisturbed and in good condition, however it can be a very different matter, and can quickly become a health hazard if disturbed or damaged, and asbestos fibre become airborne.
When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. If you suspect that you have asbestos in your home or workplace, it is important to have it inspected by a professional to determine the best course of action.
What happens if I have asbestos in my house?
If you have asbestos in your house, it is important to have it inspected and have an assessment undertaken by a professional to determine the best course of action. If the asbestos is in good condition and not likely to be disturbed, it may be safe to leave it alone.
However, if the asbestos is damaged or in a location where it is likely to be disturbed, (due to demolition or refurbishment works which could also include some forms or types of painting or preparation works) then it may need to be safely removed and disposed of .
Removing asbestos can be a costly and complex process and should only be performed by trained and licensed professionals.
They will take necessary precautions to ensure that the asbestos fibers are not released into the air during the removal process.
If asbestos is found in your house, it is usually recommended to have it safely removed as it poses health hazards if inhaled. Also, if you are planning to sell your house, it is mandatory to disclose if there is asbestos in the house and can significantly impact the selling price.
Do homes in New Zealand have asbestos?
Asbestos was widely used in building construction materials in many countries across the globe, including New Zealand, prior to the late 1980s.
As a result, many homes in New Zealand built before the late 1980s may often be found to contain asbestos in various building materials such as insulation, roofing, flooring, decorative and textured coatings and siding.
However, it is important to note that not all homes built before the late 1980s contain asbestos. The use of asbestos was phased out in New Zealand in the late 1980s, so homes built after that time are less likely to contain asbestos.
If you suspect that your home may contain asbestos, it is important to have it inspected by a professional to determine the presence and location of asbestos.
They will take necessary precautions to ensure that the asbestos fibers are not released into the air during the inspection process.