Common Asbestos Questions
While we don't claim to be the cowboys of the industry undercutting the competition, our pricing is fair and representative of the quality of the job, the team and our support both while the project is underway and after the job has been completed. To view our pricing, click here.
There are a number of precautions and variables at play when it comes to delivering a project on-time. The time required to carry out out full abatement process and deliver the standard of work we’re proud of greatly depends on the following: the size of the infected area, type of asbestos material, ease of access, configuration of the work area, and the time involved to deliver a complete hygienist clean. As an asbestos removal contractor, it is our responsibility to ensure that any building occupants are not exposed to asbestos fibres. However, we are in constant communication with you throughout the entire process, so you’re aware when you may safely return to utilise the space without harm. Should you have any questions or seek a more accurate project completion timeframe, please get in touch with our friendly Brisbane-based team.
Given the serious nature of asbestos and the potential health risks, we recommend at least discussing your options with an asbestos specialist if you are considering carrying out the asbestos removal yourself. Please refer to your local council guidelines & regulation for your area on this matter.
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When looking to hire an asbestos removal company, your priority needs to be on a team that's passionate about what they do and has the experience to back it up.
We pride ourselves on delivering asbestos services with integrity and honesty. This combined with a cohesive all-inclusive quoting process and transparent communication will allow you to make an educated decision which is right for you. When dealing with asbestos, we understand the serious nature of the material, and there's no excuse for cowboys putting your family, colleagues and friends in harm's way.
Naturally, after 20+ years in the industry, we've come to understand that no two asbestos specialists are the same, which is why we believe it's critically important to find one that's the right fit for you, one that will provide post-removal support - we're no cowboys, we're specialists. When picking the right asbestos contractor, consider the following:
What's their industry experience like?
Asbestology is a fully qualified & insured with an extensive showcase of testimonials and past projects. This is further exacerbated by our over 120+ 5-star reviews; if you find a similar company with the same values, quality of service and reviews, we're all ears! Got a project big or small, we can handle it. For example, if you're property has multi-story asbestos contamination, you will want to take absolutely no risks with safety, you'll want a fully insured contractor with a proven track record of delivering 100% customer satisfaction without compromise. In the unlikely event, a hiccup is missed by our team of specialists on-site but also our supervisor; we'll happily dispatch our team to the property free of charge to resolve any issue.
How local to you are they?
If you're located in the inner-suburbs and surrounding, then a nearby asbestos contractor is going to be with you faster. It also means they'll be easier to get ahold of for any follow-up work required whether that be an asbestos management plan or just need post-removal support. Choose a team which understands your local council regulation and is able to deliver a fast turn-around on your project.
Can they clearly explain your unique asbestos situation?
After 20+ years in the industry, we understand your situation will be unique to others. That's why it's important to work with a contractor with broad experience so you can enjoy a stress-free removal process. We acknowledge that some jobs require an on-site diagnosis or inspection and we'd be more than happy to jump on a quick call to explain your unique situation in detail to you and put forth an honest recommendation to help you make the right education decision.
Water can be shut down at the mains, get an electrician to isolate the power and have a single power point put at the power box which is easy to do & not expensive.
Yes, we do strongly advise for us to do this because when removing items/fixtures the fixings can pull out Asbestos fibres.
Asbestos can be everywhere and you may not be aware. This construction material was once widely used and as such anyone can be effected at their workplace, local community and even their own homes. Disturbance of asbestos can cause microscopic asbestos fibres to be released. When these fibres are inhaled, they have the potential to get logged into the inner linings of your lungs and can remain for decades. Some cases have been reported to show asbestos fibres still present in their lungs over 30+ years past exposure to the material.
Why is this material so deadly?
Over many years, fibres accumulate in your lungs resulting in the scarring, inflammation and permanent lung damage. This causes breathing difficulties and could lead to health complications or potentially death.
According to the Australian Government, approximately 1/3rd of all homes in Australia contain asbestos.
How did this come about?
Asbestos was widely used in the manufacturing of common building materials including: carpet underlays, vinyl tiles, wall & floor tiles, walls - you name it! Asbestos is often a silent killer so you may not be aware that it’s even their which is why we recommend carrying out asbestos testing on the Gold Coast if you’re unsure.
Given the regulation and severity of asbestos, we typically recommend to customers to avoid this practice where possible or at least seek professional advice on the best way to tackle your unique asbestos situation. However, note that some councils prohibit this practice and require a licensed asbestos specialist to carry out the removal and safe disposal of the material. At the end of the day, it’s up to you as to whether you wish to risk the health of your loved ones. In saying this, should your local council allow the safe removal of asbestos we urge you to follow Safework Australia’s best practices handbook on the safe removal of asbestos.
In Australia, there are three common types of asbestos which can be found. These include the following:
Chrysotile (White asbestos)
Chrysotile is part of the serpentine family of asbestos, when examined underneath a microscope it typically has as ’S’ type curve to it. As a result of the snake-like shape, it poses less of a risk to penetrating the inner linings of your lungs.
Crocidolite (Blue asbestos)
Crocidolite is widely believed to be the most threatening type of asbestos. This type of asbestos appears blue when viewed under a microscope and has a dart-like a appearance. This fibre breaks along its width, meaning the more damaged the fibre is, the finer it will be, which presents obvious health concerns as they’re easier to penetrate your lung wall.
Amosite (Brown asbestos)
Brown Asbestos or scientifically referred to as amosite fibres like Crocidolite fibres have a dart-like shape to them when visually inspected under a microscope. This fibre is part of the same family as the blue fibres but differs in its stability towards the end life of the product. When damaged is breaks along its width, they beak up into smaller pieces meaning they don’t get thinner but still require the same serious approach with the disposal & removal of the material.
If you accidentally break an object containing asbestos, their are steps you can take to reduce the effects of it spreading. Quickly grab a wet cloth, and dab the material to collect all of the dust particles you can find. Be sure not to wipe or be too aggressive with the movement, as it’s best to avoid disturbing the material. Once you’ve safely collected all dust particles, place the cloth into a doubled-up zip lock bag to prevent further contamination/health risk and contact your asbestos specialist for proper disposal.
We strongly advise against the use of a household vacuum cleaner to remove the dust particles. H class HEPA filtered asbestos industry vacuum cleaners are required for powerful suction & filtration reasons.
What to do if asbestos-containing product cracks?
In this instance, we recommend sealing the crack with PVA glue or another multipurpose gap filler like Selleys No More Gaps. This will allow you to continue with your day to day life until such time you’re able to speak with an asbestos specialist to further examine the issue. If the crevice is more damaged than anticipated, we recommend replacing the entire sheet, tile or product.