Asbestos REMOVAL SYDNEY
Does Your Fibro Contain Asbestos?
The most accurate way to find out if your fibro contains asbestos is to have a licensed asbestos removal contractor inspect and test it. Only fibro products made before 1987 contain asbestos. In NSW for example the use of asbestos was discontinued in fibro sheets by 1982, in corrugated sheets by 1984 and in all other products by 1986. The manufacture and use of this product was banned nationally from the 31st December 2003.
What Else Is Made Of Asbestos Cement?
Products made from asbestos cement not only include fibro sheeting (flat & corrugated), but items such as water, drainage and flue pipes, roofing shingles, guttering and eaves.
When To Coat Asbestos Products
Coating asbestos cement or fibro products is NOT recommended. You should only coat fibro products if they are in sound condition and then only to waterproof them.
Safety Checklist For Asbestos REMOVAL
- Do not use any power tools Asbestos fibres can be released if power tools are used for anything other than the removal of screws.
- Do not water blast or scrub with a stiff broom or brush it. It is illegal to water blast asbestos cement based sheets. If the material has been accidentally water blasted or has suddenly deteriorated in some way, you should call a licensed asbestos removal contractor.
- Avoid drilling, breaking and cutting into asbestos products Do not drill holes through eaves, flue or vents, as these may also be asbestos products.
- Never cut into or break a fibro sheet, instead have the whole sheet removed by a licensed contractor and replace it with a non-asbestos product.
Other Things To Keep Your Eye On
Hail damage to your roof or any asbestos cement product can be just as bad as water blasting. Call a licensed asbestos contractor immediately if the hail was heavy.
Watch for weathering: Surface weathering can lead to the release of asbestos fibres from roofs. Weathered asbestos products can release fibres when disturbed.
Fire damage: Fire damaged property containing asbestos product could result in loose asbestos fibres due to intense heat. A licensed asbestos contractor must be used for cleaning up.
Keep guttering and down pipes in good repair: As asbestos fibres collect in gutters after heavy rain, guttering and down pipes should be in good repair on buildings with asbestos roofing. These down pipes should not run into garden beds. The gutters need to be wet clean and sealed prior to removal.
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