Homeowner Information – Asbestos & Mould

Investing in the property market is the biggest financial commitment many of us make in our lifetime. Cost of asbestos and mould remediation can be significant and a financial burden that many can ill-afford. BB Risk Solutions can help you by risk assessing premises for specific problems and quantifying associated mitigation costs, should they be required.

  • Asbestos inspections – Australia was reportedly the highest per capita user of asbestos during the 1960s and 70s, with asbestos being present in many different types of building products… not just cement sheet! As such, Australian homes and workplaces have an asbestos legacy issue that needs to be managed safely. It is possible that any home constructed prior to the national asbestos ban coming into place on 31 December 2003 may contain asbestos materials. BB Risk Solutions Consultants are trained and competent in asbestos inspections and safe management of asbestos. We will work with you to ensure you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with disturbance of materials within your property and provide appropriate on-going management options which are tailored to the needs of you, your property and budget.
  • Water damage – water ingress caused by building faults, floods or rising damp are always inconvenient, but in some cases, can be devastating. To minimise on-going impact of water ingress inside a property, it is recommended that the areas are fully and appropriately dried as quickly as possible to prevent mould growth. This may in some cases include the safe removal and disposal of wetted absorbent materials such as plasterboard, soft furnishings including carpets, or stored items. Contact BB Risk Solutions for more information or to book an inspection so we can assist you with taking appropriate and timely action to limit costs and health risks in the future.
  • Mould inspections – health effects of spending time in a mould effected building can range from coughing and wheezing to the worsening of asthma and allergic conditions. Our experience is that the visible mould we see start to appear on the internal walls or ceiling linings of a home, accounts for only a small fraction of the total problem. Mould inspections should include safe inspection of wall and ceiling cavities. Intrusive inspections often require extensive damage to the property, including removal of walls and ceilings, at BB Risk Solutions we can provide innovative solutions which allow for inspection of hard to access areas, whilst limiting the damage required to your home.

Many home buyer guides take you through the mechanics of how to select and purchase a home or investment property… but rarely do they explain or even mention the potential risks of purchasing a property with unknown or unquantified asbestos or mould issues.

Each of these hazards can have huge implications to health of occupants and finances of owners.

How can BB Risk Solutions help?
Our team of trained and competent surveyors can assist home buyers, renovators, landlords and body corporates with identification, quantification and tailor-made safe management solutions based on individuals budget and timeline constraints. For a small investment during the initial stages of property selection BB Risk Solutions can work with you to ensure you are fully informed of possible risks associated with hazards such as asbestos or mould.

For more information or to arrange an inspection by one of our trained and competent surveyors, please call 03 852 814 05 or visit our website www.bbrisksolutions.com.au/contact/