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Asbestos Survey in Sydney is a Crucial First Step

By Kieran White Subscribe to RSS | August 11th 2012 | Views:

When it comes time to demolish and old building to make room for a new one, there's a number of things you need to take into consideration before the first wrecking ball is swung, or the first explosive charge is placed. Older architecture tends to be riddled with asbestos, which was widely used as a construction material in the past. We know now that it's a dangerous and harmful substance, either heavily linked to or directly causing a number of long-term health problems, so before anything gets destroyed, this stuff has to be cleaned up. The first step towards this goal is an asbestos survey, in Sydney and the surrounding suburbs.

Asbestos was valued in the past as an incredibly versatile building material, due to a number of reasons. It was heavily used as a soundproofing material, as well as a component of insulations for walls and electrical wiring. Due to its dependable tensile strength and high resistance to chemical, electrical, heat and fire damage, it was also mixed with cement to provide incredibly durable walls, floors, and ceilings. It was woven into fabrics, mixed with chemicals to produce fireproof sealants and coatings, even used in pipe gaskets and car brake pads. It has a ton of uses, and it was rather inexpensive back then, so it was used everywhere it could feasibly be used.

Well, here we are, knowing that it's a toxic substance, and knowing that it was used as much as it possibly could have been by our ancestors. Thousands of applications across an equivalent number of products, and we need to clean it up. That's where an asbestos survey in Sydney comes into play. Their surveyors are professionals, extensively trained in every possible use of asbestos, as well as where to look, to find it wherever it's hiding. If it's there, they'll find it, test it, and verify that it's gotta go when it comes time for the removal. It's quite possibly the most important step in the entire process, considering it can't be removed if it isn't found in the first place.

It's a necessary evil, but starting with an asbestos survey in Sydney will help guarantee that the removal will get everything that needs to be properly disposed of. It helps you ensure future good health and safety to anyone that will be working on the construction project after the removal, and anyone living or working in the building once work is finished. Besides, knowing you've helped safeguard our future generations can't be anything but a good feeling, right?

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Mr Kieran White
Airsafe OHC Pty Ltd
93 Beattie Street BALMAIN NSW 2041
001 61 2 9555 9034

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