There’s a good reason why asbestos removal is one of the most extensively practised jobs in Perth. Asbestos is among the most well-known and highly-used materials in Western society, used from building to road traffic coatings to insulation in thousands of applications. Because asbestos was widely used in construction over the last couple of decades, not just in Perth and other parts of Australia, but across the country and worldwide, many housebuilders and renovators might unwittingly expose themselves to asbestos fibres that can cause serious, even fatal, health effects in later life. This article discusses the reasons for this widespread danger and what asbestos removal is like in Perth.
The most important point to be made about asbestos removal is that it is an extremely dangerous job. Asbestos is a form of naturally occurring mineral that has been found in great quantities in the soil of Australia. It was widely used in construction, both before and after World War II because it was a reasonably cheap way to build things of high strength and durability. It was particularly popular with automotive producers. Unfortunately, this made people who worked in the industry at the time vulnerable to developing lung disease and cancer later in life from working with asbestos fibres. Asbestos fibres can be breathed in, ingested or otherwise become lodged in the respiratory system, causing lethal diseases like mesothelioma.
So how does asbestos removal compare to other methods of removing this deadly material? In general, the safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to removal is to simply demolish the buildings in question and replace them with new ones. However, because buildings that were once asbestos-laden are no longer standing, the prevailing safety solution is simply to dismantle the buildings, remove the asbestos and dispose of it safely.
The most commonly used method of asbestos removal is the so-called ‘scaffolding technique’, where a series of metal sheets is lowered onto the roof of the buildings in question and secured with metal ladders. After this, the ladders are then removed and the asbestos fibres are then safely removed using specialised equipment. This method is also the least messy, least intrusive and certainly the easiest to implement (after all, demolition is much easier than building). However, as stated before, the safety issues associated with this method have led to many developers choosing instead to demolish the buildings in question and replace them with new ones.
This process is slightly more involved, but not by much. Instead of removing the ladders and the roofs, you simply need to find an area of flat ground where there are no railings or other impediments to the removal process. It is here that you will need to obtain permission from the relevant authorities. This process of asbestos removal may be slightly more time-consuming than just lowering the asbestos fibres onto the roof, but it can also be more dangerous. For this reason, it is always best to seek permission in advance and to ensure that you find the most suitable place for the procedure.
If you are thinking about demolishing your building, you should first take care to find out whether any structural supports are present on the property. While you might assume that this was taken care of when you received your permit, this is not always the case. As a result, if the structure of your home was built before 1977, there is a real chance that it is actually illegal to remove asbestos from the building materials. This means that if you demolish a property in Perth before it has been permitted to be torn down, you could find yourself in serious trouble with the law.
If your property was built before 1977, you will need to find an alternative way of removing the asbestos fence or wall. While some demolition companies might be able to remove the materials for you, doing so without the proper safety equipment can have devastating consequences. Asbestos Removal Perth specialists will be able to provide you with safety vests, goggles, gloves, masks, and protective clothing to remove the materials safely. If you are not confident about your ability to remove the fence or wall yourself, you should let the professionals do the job for you.
The amount of time that takes to complete the asbestos removal process will depend on several factors. The size of the pieces and the thickness of the material will both affect the time it takes, as well as other variables such as how high the building is and how much debris needs to be removed. Always remember that in the event of complete demolition, all materials must be carefully removed and disposed of, including the personal belongings of the homeowner. This is one of the most important safety protocols for all homeowners to follow, whether you are demolishing a structure or are simply doing a regular remodelling job.