How do I know if there is asbestos materials in my house?
Many houses built between 1940 and 1985 were constructed using some form of asbestos materials. To be certain, have the property assessed by a licensed professional, who can test materials and advise on the presence of any asbestos.
Is it safe for me to handle a small amount of asbestos?
All asbestos materials should be treated as potentially dangerous if disturbed and should only be handled by a licensed asbestos removalist.
Does asbestos have to be removed?
If asbestos cement products, such as roofing sheets and cladding, are not disturbed and in good condition, they don’t pose any immediate hazard. However, as soon as asbestos materials become damaged or worn in any way, they should be professionally removed and disposed of. Friable asbestos (such as carpet underlay, low-density fibre board, heat resistant fabrics) should be removed by a licensed professional immediately.
If I decide to leave the asbestos alone, how often should I monitor it?
Bonded asbestos materials can be stable if undamaged and in good condition. Have your house checked by a professional every 12 months for deterioration and remove any asbestos materials with signs of damage.
Do I need to leave the house when you are removing the asbestos?
This will depend on the nature of the asbestos materials being removed. For a roof removal, we suggest that for your own safety you vacate the premises whilst the asbestos is being removed. However, for separate buildings such as sheds or garages, you can remain in the house, with the windows and doors safely closed. Check with your licensed removalist for your particular situation.
Should I remove pets from the house?
Again, this depends on the nature of the asbestos material being removed. For separate buildings, keep pets indoors with the doors and windows closed. For interior removals, pets should leave the house with you.
How long does it take for the house to be safe?
Dependent on the amount, asbestos materials can usually be removed within a few hours. Your licensed removalist can advise on time frames. 470Asbestos will provide a Clearance Certificate immediately, having you back in your home quicker.
What to do if I accidently break asbestos?
The safest way to manage any immediate health risk is to carefully wipe up any dust with a damp cloth and place cloths into two plastic bags and into the rubbish bin. Seal any cracks with PVA glue or paint, and call a licensed asbestos specialist to assess the damage and remove any hazardous material.
Don’t use your own vacuum cleaner as it can release fibres into the air.
How do I know that the house is safe?
Always use a licensed asbestos removalist who provides a third party Clearance Certificate as part of the service. This provides you with peace of mind that the area is safe and completely hazard free. 470Asbestos includes a Clearance Certificate with every asbestos removal job.
Do I need to inform my neighbours I’m having asbestos removed?
Due to the potential health risks, it is advisable to inform your neighbours of any planned asbestos removal. At 470Asbestos we always perform a letterbox drop to local residents informing them of the planned work in the area.