If you are considering replacing old windows in your home, it is important to be aware of the potential for asbestos exposure. Asbestos was sometimes used in window putty, which is a pliable material used to seal the gap between the window frame and the glass. If your windows are original to the home, such as sash windows installed in a period property or listed building, and have not been replaced, there is a possibility that the putty contains asbestos.
In general, asbestos is only harmful when disturbed, and the fibres are released into the air, where they can be inhaled. If the putty in your windows is intact and not deteriorating, it is generally safe to leave it undisturbed. However, if you are concerned about asbestos exposure, it is best to consult a professional who can test the material and recommend a course of action.
If the putty does contain asbestos, the safest course of action is to have it removed by a certified asbestos abatement professional. They will use specialised equipment and techniques to remove the asbestos without releasing fibres into the air. After the asbestos is removed, you can safely replace the windows without worrying about exposure.
Other Areas Asbestos can be Found
In addition to window putty, asbestos can also be found in other areas of the home, such as insulation, flooring and ceiling tiles. If you are considering any significant renovations or repairs on your home, it is essential to have any potential asbestos materials tested before beginning work. By taking the proper precautions, you can help ensure that everyone in your home stays safe and healthy.
In short, if you are replacing old windows, it is always a good idea to be aware of the potential for asbestos exposure and to consult a professional if you have any concerns. Taking the proper safety measures can help you protect your family from asbestos-related health risks.
What to Look for in an Asbestos Removal Expert
When selecting an asbestos removal professional, it is important to choose one who has the necessary qualifications and experience. Look for an ARCA accredited company with a Hazardous Waste Collection Permit and full asbestos removal insurances. Additionally, check for customer reviews and testimonials to get an idea of their work quality and service standards.
We specialise in asbestos removal and other hazardous materials abatement services at Gravity Construction. Our team is fully licensed, insured, and certified to remove asbestos according to all applicable health regulations safely.
Contact us today at 1800 777 000 for more information or to request a quote!