Before the dangers of asbestos were realised, it was seen as an innovative addition to many building projects. It was used extensively in a range of different applications including cement sheeting, pipes, roofing, and guttering. Some homes may even have insulation which contains asbestos.
However, asbestos has been banned in Australia since the end of 2003, but still remains in many existing homes where installation occurred prior to the ban. It is critical for those that are interested in asbestos removal that you look at ways to safely remove asbestos through a licensed professional.
If left undisturbed, asbestos may not pose as a health risk. However, ageing, renovation or demolition can cause the fibres to become loose and inhaled. The removal and disposal of asbestos is something which needs to be done correctly, and a licensed professional can get the job done right.
How do you safely conduct asbestos removal?
Why is asbestos so dangerous?
First, we must talk about the dangers of asbestos. When asbestos is disrupted the fibres can be inhaled. The more fibres which enter the airway, the higher the risk of a serious health outcome.
Asbestos is a known carcinogenic and possible side effects include asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Often symptoms will take years to present themselves, it could even be decades before the damage is revealed.
To safely remove asbestos, you need a licensed professional
For asbestos removal in Perth, Capital Demolition are both skilled and experienced. We have a Restricted Asbestos Licence which is approved by WorkSafe, and our workers have both asbestos removal and safe demolition training and tickets.
If handled incorrectly, even tightly bonded products such as asbestos sheeting could break and become unsafe. It is important not to attempt loose asbestos removal yourself as it needs to be wrapped, transported and disposed of correctly.
During this process safety equipment will be worn, this includes a dust mask or respirator. Prior to asbestos removal your neighbours should be notified and any surrounding areas cleared and protected
Your family and pets should leave the area until it is safe to return. The weather can play havoc and this job is best done on a still day, and plastic sheeting may be used to seal certain areas. Water can help to compact the asbestos and prevent the fibres from becoming airborne. Glue can be sprayed onto the surface of asbestos-containing material. We use a premium, adhesive glue to secure these fibres. This glue when dry acts as a binding agent to minimise the release of any fibres.
Disposing of asbestos
Great care needs to be taken to remove asbestos materials, including any bolts and fixtures. Smaller pieces can be put into an asbestos waste bag ready for disposal. Sheeting should be double wrapped in 200 um plastic and taped tightly. It needs to be clearly labelled ready for transportation. We follow all legislative requirements and dispose of asbestos at a dedicated landfill site.
At Capital Demolition, our experienced team can take care of the entire process for you when you hire us for a domestic or commercial demolition. Once the asbestos has been removed, the site should be inspected to ensure there are no contaminated remnants.
Asbestos should be removed prior to demolition or renovation, or when damage has occurred. While it is something which is still present in many homes, it is more common in those built before the 1990s. If you need assistance with determining whether asbestos is an issue, as well as the subsequent removal, we can help.
At Capital Demolition we offer asbestos removal in Perth which complements our range of other services including demolition and the recycling of building materials. Contact us today for a free quote.