Asbestos Roof Removal Canberra
When you thought that your house is free from asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), you might want to check what’s hidden beneath. You will never know that it could be ACMs.
Mr Swinburn never had any idea that his roof, although he knew that his house would contain fibrous products since it was built in the 1950s, would have an ACM. His house had a complete fibrous material inspection but the inspection missed the loose-fill fibre located under the insulation batts.
Check for What’s Hidden Beneath
What happened to Swinburn family could possibly happen to you too. The incident should raise your awareness about the presence of ACMs in your house. When you thought that your house has been thoroughly checked, something could still be hiding beneath – left untouched.
Looking back at what happened with Swinburn family, it would be better for you to do an ACM testing work. Taking a precaution will not hurt you. Instead, it might save you and your family from greater health risks, not to mention your property too. Having your house tested will also affect the value of your property in case you plan to sell it and move to a new one.
Thinking of DIY for Testing?
There is nothing wrong with doing the test yourself. It is permitted by the regulation, but there are some important things to be considered. ACM fibre is so small that no naked eye can detect its presence. Therefore, the testing must be done in a lab. Not just a lab, but it should be in a NATA accredited lab. Prior to doing the testing, you have to prepare some protective kits. The Personal Protective Equipment can reduce the risk of you being exposed to the fibre.
The equipment you must have when doing the work, including:
- Protective eye-wear
- Disposable coverall
- Shoe covers
- Sealed plastic bags
- Duct tape
Remember! You are not allowed to use power tools for taking the objects for sampling. The power tools may cause the fibre to be released into the air and be inhaled. Once you have the samples, you must have them tested in a NATA approved lab.
Although DIY is allowed but hiring a professional assessor is the best choice. He must have been following some training and have great experience in handling ACMs. He knows where to search to find fibrous products in your home. Also, by hiring a professional who have a license, will makes sure that the work will be performed safely in accordance with the procedures set by the government regulations.
The Location of ACMs in Your Home
Fibrous materials can be found in almost every part of your house. The number of products containing ACMs is around 3,000 items.
The products are commonly used for:
- Backing of vinyl sheet floor covering
- Water drainage and flue pipes
- Air conditioning
- Insulating board
- Window putty
ACM in Roofing Products
From 1920s until the early 80s, fibrous materials were used in roofing products. They were widely used that the products can be found in almost 80% of constructions built before the 1980s. Several roofing products, such as asbestos cement roofing, can last until 50 years. Therefore, the risks of ACMs are still present in roofing structures existed now.
1. Why Should I Replace My Asbestos Roofs?
The reason is because if the roof structure somehow gets disturbed, the dust particles can be carried by air and be inhaled by people who live in the house and the surroundings. Once the dusts are breathed in, they can be very toxic and lead to extremely hazardous diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.
2. What Should I Do with ACM Roofs?
If the testing result showed that your house contains some fibrous products, the next step that you must take is a fibrous material removal. Removing the roof containing fibrous material will give great aesthetic and intrinsic values to your property. If you sell your house, it is going to be more valuable.
Removing and replacing a roof takes lots of efforts as you cannot cut it or break it. It also cannot be dropped once it is removed. You need to carefully lower it down and put it on the ground. An accident like dropping the roof might happen and that can endanger people below. That is why DIY for removal is NOT strongly recommended although it is allowed.
Besides, an individual who doesn’t have a license is only allowed to remove non-friable fibres. The size of the material is also not more than 10m2. The working hour permitted is an hour per seven days.
3. Why Hiring a Removalist Is Much Better?
A trained removalist will carry out all necessary precautions, like:
- Before starting the work, the roof is sprayed by PVA glue – this is to encapsulate the fibrous dusts and decreases the amount of the dust that mixes in the air during the removal process.
- The roofing sheet is going to be be wrapped in builder plastics and transported from the site to a legal disposal area.
- Throughout the working process, they will wear protective equipment, such as coverall, mask, eye-wear, shoes, and gloves.
- They will put a sign on your front yard informing that a work involving ACM is being carried out. The sign is to warn people near you.
- House ceilings are going to be vacuumed to remove any fibrous material hidden in your ceilings.
- When the work is done, your yard is going to be cleaned and all the fibrous material remnants will be removed.
The Asbestos Roof Removal Canberra Services
When it comes to hiring a removalist, you need to be very careful. Make sure that they have an accredited license. Clear Asbestos Removal Canberra is here to make sure that you will be working with a trusted contractor. We have been working with local contractors that have followed some strict tests.
Our endorsed contractors have an accredited B-class license for removing fibrous products in commercial and domestic buildings. They are ready to help you with excellent asbestos roof removal Canberra services – at great costs.
There are different types of services for handling dangerous ACMs at your home, such as demolition, emergency repair, consultant, and soil remediation. However, if you get connected to our endorsed contractors, you can ask for these four services, including: Asbestos removal Canberra, testing, roof removal and management plan.
Our members have obtained a certification for conducting roof removal Canberra and asbestos testing work. The testing will be done in compliance with local and national regulations. The sample will be taken to a NATA approved lab. You will be given a thorough report once the testing process is finished. The report can help you in developing an ACM register.
The register will provide information, such as:
- Location of asbestos
- Type of fibre material, whether it is friable or non-friable
- Source of fibrous products
- More details location of inaccessible fibrous products
- What, how and when the action will be carried out.
Don’t hesitate to contact our members for asbestos roof removal and asbestos testing services. A clean and safe result is a guarantee if you request for ACM roof removal Canberra services through us.
If you are worried about the prices, we can make sure that the prices charged by our endorsed members are equal to their services offered. You won’t be complaining as a result will meet your wish. Also, you can request not only one but three free quotes from our contractors. So, get your phone now and dial the number. Live safely and healthily without asbestos.