Asbestos Cladding

Asbestos was a common building material used in the past due to its fire-resistant properties. However, it was later discovered that exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health risks such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos cladding, also known as asbestos siding, was a popular choice for homes and buildings in the past. If your home or building has asbestos cladding, it is important to have it checked for asbestos and removed by professionals, such as Safety 1st Removals Ltd, who provide asbestos cladding removal services in Auckland and Tauranga.

The Process of Asbestos Cladding Removal:

Removing asbestos cladding is a complex process that requires specialized equipment and expertise. The first step is to test the cladding for asbestos. This is done by taking a small sample of the cladding material and sending it to a laboratory for testing. If the test comes back positive for asbestos, the next step is to plan the removal process.

The removal process starts with setting up containment barriers to isolate the work area and prevent the spread of asbestos fibers. The workers will wear protective clothing and use specialized equipment such as HEPA vacuums and respirators. The asbestos cladding is then carefully removed from the building using specialized tools.

The workers will ensure that the asbestos cladding is wetted down to reduce the release of fibers during the removal process. Once the cladding is removed, the area will be thoroughly cleaned and tested for asbestos. If any asbestos fibers are found, the area will be cleaned again until all asbestos fibers have been removed.

Safety 1st Removals Ltd:

Safety 1st Removals Ltd is a professional asbestos removal company that provides asbestos cladding removal services in Auckland and Tauranga. They have a team of experienced and licensed asbestos removal specialists who use the latest equipment and techniques to safely remove asbestos cladding from homes and buildings.

Safety is their top priority, and they follow strict safety procedures to ensure the safety of their workers and customers. They use specialized equipment and protective clothing to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure during the removal process. They also follow strict disposal procedures to ensure that the asbestos material is safely and legally disposed of.

In conclusion, if your home or building has asbestos cladding, it is important to have it checked for asbestos and removed by professionals. Asbestos cladding removal is a dangerous and complex process that should only be carried out by licensed and experienced professionals, such as Safety 1st Removals Ltd. They are committed to providing safe and efficient asbestos removal services in Auckland and Tauranga, and can help you ensure that your home or building is safe from the dangers of asbestos.

Vinyl Flooring

When investigating possible sources of asbestos in the home, vinyl floors are often overlooked. It is in fact extremely common for houses to have such products utilised as existing floor coverings, or underneath newer replacement vinyl. Unlike textured ceilings and fibre cement that were phased out in the early eighties, asbestos backed vinyl’s were imported into the country well into the late 80’s, and possibly into the 90’s.

The typical mottled, tile patterned, geometric styled, or false wood grained vinyl’s that are so much of 70’s and 80’s décor in particular are often backed with white asbestos. It is important to stress the fact that if left alone the risk associated with these products is virtually nil. However the act of pulling up these vinyl’s, and in particular sanding the associated backing material down to expose floorboards beneath is an entirely different proposition. This can liberate high airborne asbestos concentrations. Most commercial floor sanders are aware of this hazard and may refuse to sand such products. Some who have attempted to sand residual asbestos backing have felt the wrath of OSH via the courts!

Assessment for Asbestos

1) Determine age of building and/or material. With textured ceilings and fibrocement, if age of the building structure or material is no older than the mid 1980’s then it is extremely unlikely that these materials contain asbestos. If unsure or material is older than mid 80’s then testing will be required. For vinyl based floor coverings if material is less than 10 years old (1992) then it is most unlikely that the material contains asbestos. All other will require testing.

2) If testing is required then approx 20 to 30 grams of texture or approx. 2 inch square piece of fibrocement / vinyl flooring (inclusive of backing) to be placed in a sealable plastic bag.

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