FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Asbestos and where is it commonly found?

Asbestos is a highly heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in brake linings and in fire-resistant and insulating materials. It was once commonly used in fibro, roofing, switchboards, floor and ceiling tiles, fences, pits and other areas with application for cement products.

How do I find out if I have Asbestos in my home or work facility?

If the area is constructed prior to 1980, there is almost certainly Asbestos present. We can come out to your home or work facility and inspect for Asbestos. This may require a taking a sample and delivering it to Identifibre in Oakleigh. If a sample is required, associated fees including testing and delivery will range from $198 inclusive of GST.

I’m buying a house, how can I determine if it contains Asbestos?

There are many qualified inspectors for all manner of pre-purchase inspections, we recommend you use a qualified professional. However it is important to note that Asbestos products are found in many houses built or renovated before the mid-1980s.

When is it safe for me to handle Asbestos or attempt to remove Asbestos myself?

Never. Without a qualified professional involved in order to make some form of assessment regarding risk, it is unsafe and unwise to attempt to perform any kind of home maintenance involving the handling or movement of Asbestos. This is not a “Do It Yourself” job.

How should I dispose of Asbestos?

The disposal of asbestos must legally be facilitated by authorised and/or licenced transfer stations and facilities. It is unlawful and unethical for safety reasons to bury, destroy or otherwise dispose of Asbestos sheeting and materials.

Why should I use a licensed professional instead of a general handyman to save on price?

Asbestos removal is a serious task. If you’re considering handling Asbestos yourself or hiring an unlicensed handyman there are a few factors which need to be considered:

  • Broken Asbestos is highly dangerous and has a strong potential to create respiratory issues which will not only reduce your life span, but sadly to make your final months or years quite uncomfortable.
  • It is unlawful to offer Asbestos removal services without a license.
  • It is unlawful to dispose of Asbestos outside of approved channels, many of these channels may be aware that you have unlawfully handled Asbestos.
  • There are many ways to be exposed to potentially lethal Asbestos fibres which might not be obvious to untrained individuals, the important part being; you wouldn’t know until after it had happened.
  • Specialised equipment is required to remove Asbestos safely.

From the first point of contact, how soon can I expect you to attend and remove Asbestos from my home or work facility?

Our availability and workload varies wildly. Unfortunately there is no pattern which allows us to predict our availability on an ongoing basis or even far into the future. However we can confidently say that our ethics, reliability and communication is top notch, so if you make the call, we will give you clear, honest and concise information. For the best indication of availability and schedule ring Roger directly on 0415 555 000.

It is important to note that all jobs above 10m2 require that we provide Worksafe notification 5 days prior to commencement of work.

What are your payment terms?

Unless otherwise arranged, payment will be required on the day of completion of contracted job. Our payment methods supported include: Credit Card, eftpos Direct Deposit or Cash. We carry a bank-issued mobile eftpos terminal.

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