Where does Asbestos live in your home?
A typical house (like the one in the diagram below) – that was built prior to the mid 1980’s, could have asbestos in the building products. This is a risk to your family’s health and well being. Asbestos testing will highlight any suspect areas so you can take action. Eliminate the risk and ensure your family stays healthy and free from exposure to asbestos.
Don’t delay, and contact us right away if you think there might be asbestos lurking anywhere within your Home. Our Asbestos testing services will provide you with Peace of Mind and a healthy home environment.
What products can contain asbestos?
Below are listed products that can contain asbestos in homes built before 1984. Any house built before and during the mid 80’s should be checked for possible asbestos products, as these were commonly used in construction methods in New Zealand. For free, friendly and confidential advice please contact us.
Commonly called ‘Super 6 Roofing’, these are corrugated cement/asbestos products which are grey in colour.
Other types of asbestos roofs are cement/asbestos ‘Diamond’ tiles.
Both products should be removed by professionals as incorrect removal can allow asbestos fibre into homes and contaminate ceiling cavities with asbestos fibre creating further clean up costs.
ASBESTOS TEXTURED CEILINGS
Sprayed on textured ceilings or soft texture finished ceilings can have a white or grey colour and sometimes with a silver or gold “fleck” through them.
Other types of ceilings that may contain asbestos are Swirl/rag rolled plaster finished ceilings.
Removal of these products requires tenting off of effected areas and all furnishings need to be removed from area before process can commence.
These products can be found in homes as old heat insulation in ceiling cavity’s or around fire places and sometimes hot waterpipe/cylinder insulation.
ASBESTOS CLADDING AND SOFFITS (EAVES)
Soffits are often made from ‘Asbestos Cement Sheeting’ (AC) so it pays to have these checked before installing home ventilation systems or extending a house etc.
AC is often used to clad parts or entire walls of houses and garages, some are flat sheet and other types are profile to look like tiles or slate.
Other areas outside homes to look for are; asbestos guttering, downpipes and fencing. These are often made from a cement like product. The above products if not removed correctly can cause further contamination and incur further clean up costs, as soil may be come contaminated.
ASBESTOS BACKED LINOLUEM AND FLOOR TILES
Asbestos backed lino often has a distinctive backing layer, often cream or gray in colour with the consistency of heavily compressed cardboard. Tenting off the affected area is required for this type of removal process.
What is the Class A and Class B licence?
There are two types of licences for asbestos removal – class A and class B. The licence depends on the type and quantity of asbestos undergoing removal.
Class A licence
The class A licence allows you to remove friable asbestos, non friable asbestos and any asbestos contaminated dust or debris.
Class B licence
The class B licence allows you to remove 10 square metres or more of non friable asbestos, like fibro sheets. Having a class B licence only allows you to remove the asbestos contaminated dust or debris that is directly associated with the removal of non friable asbestos.