5 Things You Need To Know About Asbestos Fences!

5 Things You Need To Know About Asbestos Fences!

Asbestos fence removal is definitely not a DIY project.

Asbestos was used heavily in Australia from 1945 right up until its total ban in 1985 in the building and construction industry. Asbestos was used in over three thousand products so it should be no surprise it found its way into fencing products .

Especially because of its durability and fire resistance asbestos was perfect for use in the fencing industry in Australia. There are a few things you may be surprised to know about asbestos fencing products around your family home.

  1. Asbestos fencing was typically buried in the ground at least 500mm ( Half a meter ) the easiest and fastest way to remove this is with an excavator. Getting an excavator into your backyard may be easier than you think, there is a whole range of mini excavators available now. Some small enough to be driven through your front door!
  2. Unpainted asbestos fences are Dangerous! These fences were installed over 50 years ago in some places, and the elements have worn them down, and they are now continually releasing deadly asbestos fibres into the environment.
  3. Asbestos fencing comes in three main types, buried, post and rail, and woven. The last two are typically nailed or screwed to a timber sub frame.
  4. Asbestos fence removal is way above the limits of DIY enthusiasts most fences weigh around 2000 kg when removed and require careful planning control measures in place before works start. It’s a job for asbestos experts.
  5. When an asbestos fence is part of pool fencing, the pool fencing laws still apply. We get a lot of people who believe “it will be ok. It’s just overnight.” Its never going to be a good defence if there is a drowning. The Law requires temporary poll fencing in Queensland.

Just like any asbestos removal job, asbestos fence removal must only be safely removed by asbestos removal professionals. Transporting asbestos fencing in Queensland requires specialist licences and insurances. Your typical motor insurance will not cover you for an asbestos-related claim. Asbestos transport is the job of specialised contractors with the corrects equipment and knowledge to transport asbestos safely to registered waste facilities.

Asbestos DIY No way !!

Asbestos DIY No way !!

Don’t be fooled by asbestos when renovating there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Asbestos in Australian homes can be friable or non friable only trained professionals can tell the difference between the two types . Friable asbestos removal is prohibited by untrained professionals under law in Australia .Asbestos was used in Australian home from the 1940’s right up to its total ban in the construction and building industry in 1985, which is why it can be found in 90% of homes built before 1990.

If left alone it and well maintained it poses no risk, but the fact that is found in many areas of a home flooring, walls, ceilings, roofing, fencing, insulation on pipes and wiring bathrooms, ensuites, laundry, and some kitchens Asbestos was thought of as a wonder product and was used in over 3000 products because of its unique properties of fire resistance, it was waterproof, thermal efficiency, flexibility, chemical resistance and it was readily available and cheap and easy to work with.

After some time it was obvious that asbestos had a deadly side to it and a total ban on its use in Australia was introduced in 31 st December 2003. With the total ban came strict regulations on the removal of asbestos and to this day it is a very specialized and heavily regulated industry.

Asbestos removal requires specialized equipment and highly trained technicians to ensure there are no deadly asbestos fibers left behind after the removal process. Careful planning and preparation are required before any asbestos removal work is undertaken. These are skills that take time to develop and perfect with the focus on decontamination of not only the work sit but themselves as well. There have been so many cases of asbestos workers from the old days family members dying from an asbestos-related disease which have no known cures.

The insidious nature of asbestos exposure is that it can take up to 30 years from the time of the exposure before symptoms present themselves many asbestos-related diseases are incurable and fatal. Asbestos is deadly and should only be removed by highly trained professionals which are readily available there is absolutely no need for home DIY renovators to undertake such dangerous work and put their family’s health at risk. This is definitely a job for the pro’s like gas and electrical work.

Asbestos glues and Vinyl floor tiles

Asbestos glues and Vinyl floor tiles

Vinyl asbestos tiles ( VAT ) and tile glues were just one of the many uses of asbestos before their bans in Australia in 1985 in the building and construction industry . VAT’s we very popular in domestic and commercial construction . The same styles and grades were used for both types of construction because of their versatility durability and colour range . An asbestos expert can easily get a sample tested for you in a nationally accredited laboratory. Not all vinyl tiles contain asbestos and not all glues , but sometimes there was a combination of the two .

A licenced asbestos removal professional should be engaged to remove VAT’s and the glue under neath . The glue comes in two distinct colors black and yellow or “emulsion tile glue” both may contain asbestos or be contaminated with asbestos from the VAT’s and visa versa .
There are two ways to remove the glue from vinyl tiles
1 With a solvent
2 With a floor grinder
Obviously the use of solvents is much more advisable because this method is unlikely to release any asbestos fibres . Grinding the floor releases asbestos fibres into the air making them friable and is a much more involved process and requires the use of A class asbestos removal professionals.
An example of what Black vinyl tile glue looks like after the vinyl tiles have been removed .

Yellow vinyl tile glue or “emulsion tile glue “

Asbestos internal walls removal a few facts you should know.

Asbestos internal walls removal a few facts you should know.

Australia was one of the biggest consumers of asbestos per capita in the world between the 1940’s and the early 2000’s . It was cheap,lightweight,strong,chemical resistant, waterproof, fire resistant, electrically inert and could be woven into a cloth or moulded into any shape . It was called the product with thousands of uses.

Asbestos was used in nearly every part of homes sometimes only the frame is the only part of a home that had no asbestos in it . And if left alone it’s harmless but when renovations are undertaken in homes you need an expert asbestos removal company like us to come in .
The best practice is to remove whole sheets if possible but many times we have to remove the whole wall lining from corner to corner. Simple things like moving a doorway or getting rid of a wall sconce will usually require the total removal of the wall in a room or rooms .
You really need a asbestos removal specialist with specialised asbestos removal equipment and procedures if you are having asbestos removed in your family home . It’s not a job for a homeowner or a handyman and most builders don’t carry the correct insurance to cover you if the worse thing happens , your family home gets contaminated .
Asbestos fibres are microscopic and only highly trained professional asbestos removal companies should be trusted to carry out this work.
Asbestos cladding removal what to expect on the day.

Asbestos cladding removal what to expect on the day.

Asbestos cladding was used in Australia on homes built before 1990 because of its ease of use, relatively cheap price, attractive finish fireproofing, acoustic qualities and thermal qualities. Australia was the largest user of asbestos per capita than any other country .

Asbestos cladding generally comes in 3 basic types standard sheeting , striated board and shadow clad varying in thickness and profile .

So what will happen when you have asbestos cladding removed from your home or workplace ?

We have a few common scene rules to keep everybody safe while we are removing asbestos roofing . Keep all windows closed on the home , keep all pets away , no washing on the clothesline , remove all covers on outdoor furniture .

Removing asbestos roofs can be safely managed by our asbestos removal expert team of asbestos removal technicians we are constantly reviewing our safety policy’s and procedures to deliver the very best and safest asbestos removal experience for our customers.

  1. All asbestos removal work starts with the lodgement of notification paperwork to the state , territory regulator.
  2. We always start the day by notifying the neighbours and having our pre start meeting .
  3. When working on the outside of a building it is really important to lay drop sheets down so we don’t end up with small asbestos fragments in the ground.
  4. After the asbestos sheeting has been wet down and carefully removed the frame is de nailed and decontaminated .
  5. Next an encapsulation spray is applied to the frame to make it safe for you to continue renovations.
  6. Every job is inspected and a clearance certificate is issued you are now free to return home.
  7. All asbestos will be taken from site and transferred to a registered waste facility .

This is just a quick guide there are many small steps in between this blog covers the main steps .

Asbestos eave removal what to expect on the day

Asbestos eave removal what to expect on the day

Asbestos sheeting used in eaves linings is one place you can just about guarantee is in every single one of the homes built before its ban in Australia . Its one of the things that is a standard part of homes still built today although the asbestos has been removed from concrete sheeting ,the modern alternative is still the go to product for nearly all builders in Australia .

Over the years there have been a few different patterns in asbestos containing eaves sheets most notably the diamond shape hole pattern and the slotted eave sheet both designed the vent the eaves on a home . You may see new slotted sheets but the diamond pattern is almost always asbestos containing .Our team of asbestos removal experts can keep your family safe while performing asbestos eaves removal on your home.

So what should you expect on the day when we remove the asbestos eaves on your home ?

  1. Firstly there is the notification to workplace health and safety this is done electronically prior to the commencement of work at your place .
  2. Once onsite we hold a site meeting to ensure everybody is aware of what is to be done and by whom and the daily safety paperwork is completed .
  3. Next step is to erect our signage and mark out the work area and inform the neighbours .
  4. Eaves can be a really dirty job just imagine how old your place is and how much dust there is in the ceiling space in your home . We get a lot of house dust when we remove eaves . Its not to confused with asbestos dust .
  5. Laying down drop sheets to catch any small pieces of sheeting is crucial to ensuring no asbestos fragments are left on site. We always use water sprays and best practices to remove all sheets complete where possible but ,extra precautions are always necessary when working in gardens small pieces can be difficult to detect in shrubs.
  6. We slowly work our way around the home removing any timber strips first to make the job safer and to keep the sheets whole .
  7. Once the sheeting is removed the timbers are denailed and cleaned down then given the once over with our hazard rate vac before an encapsulation spray is applied to bind any fibers.
  8. Like all jobs after we double check everything next we have it inspected and a clearance certificate is issued.
  9. It’s time for us to pack up our asbestos transport trailer double wrap everything in two layers of 200 um plastic and clearly labeled ready for transport to a registered waste facility.