The Process of Asbestos Disposal

Posted: 25th April 2014

One of the nastiest things you’ll ever have in your home is asbestos. This used to be a very popular construction material, valued for its strength, fire resistance, and insulation. As such, it’s often integrated in a variety of construction parts, such as roofs, eaves, gutters, water pipes, ceilings, walls, and floors. In fact, some houses even utilised asbestos for dog sheds.

However, asbestos brought about a number of issues, especially health. Asbestos, it turns out, makes you at risk of serious respiratory diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma, which proves to be fatal. It may also leave permanent scarring in your lung lining. Because it’s so hazardous, a lot of countries including Australia banned the use of asbestos.

If you’re living in an old home, especially those built in the 1980s and in earlier years, there’s a strong likelihood there’s asbestos somewhere. You should look at removing it, especially if it’s been disturbed. You can begin with the following tips:

  1. Have your house surveyed. If you can see suspect and damaged material, it’s possible there’s asbestos getting released. But you’ll never really know unless you have an expert take a look at it. Fortunately, there are companies, such as here at KBE that has proper license and training. We can visit your home and find areas where asbestos may be present.
  2. Don’t touch it. Asbestos is fibrous, and it can definitely stick in your clothing for a very long time. Of course, it’s risky to inhale the material accidentally or deliberately. If you are worried there’s asbestos in your home, call an expert immediately. Then make sure the area is completely off-limits to everyone. Don’t dare to remove it all by yourself or dispose it. It is illegal to dispose of asbestos incorrectly.
  3. Let the experts handle it. There are standards for asbestos removal. For example, they need to have methods of containing the asbestos. They should also determine where to properly dispose it. Though there are many refuse sites, not all of them can handle asbestos.

The length of time for asbestos removal depends on a number of factors. It may take a day or two. Sometimes it lasts for a week. The specialists may recommend you temporarily leave the property to greatly reduce your exposure.

If the asbestos is used in roofs, you may require roof restoration, replacement, or repair, as well as roof cladding. Let KBE Contracting take care of that. We have more than 25 years’ experience in the handling, transportation, and proper disposal of the hazardous waste. We are an accredited business, licensed (WA 118), operating within Perth and Western Australia.