Prompt and reliable asbestos removal and testing services
Before we remove asbestos in your building, we will conduct an extensive survey, sampling, and testing in your property. We focus on ensuring that asbestos materials are removed from your building safely and completely. Whether it is your office, business premises or home, we have the necessary skills, experience, and equipment to remove asbestos safely and comprehensively.
Once you call us, we will respond promptly by dispatching a highly trained and experienced operative and management team. Our team of specialists will analyse the condition of asbestos in your building to come up with the most appropriate testing Adelaide procedure. The package covers removal, transfer, and disposal of asbestos materials in a safe and professional manner.
Asbestos-containing heat seals illegally imported to Australia provoke questions in SA
Despite being prohibited imports in Australia, materials containing asbestos are still being found at the border. Asbestos fibres have been found in equipment imported to the Nyrstar Smelter at Port Pirie, South Australia. Asbestos was found in the sealant on heat exchanger tubes imported from China.
It was also revealed that an Adelaide contractor used building products imported from China that has asbestos. The materials, which had been certified as asbestos-free, were used in flooring on the Seaford rail line. John Rau, the Industrial relations minister, described these discoveries as “appalling”. Safe work SA stated that it was the fourth report of asbestos materials found in SA in recent months.
- Heat seals, like the one found at Port Pirie, are often used for insulation purposes and can be found in many appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.
- In many types of equipment, when two parts are connected by a gasket, that gasket needs to be insulated to prevent any heat transfer generated by two moving parts.
- Until the early 1970s, sealants were often made from asbestos since it had many properties that lent itself well to the production of sealants.
In addition to being inexpensive, asbestos was easily formed and compressed into many different shapes and sizes. The densely packed fibres gave it incredible durability and strength, along with excellent insulating properties against heat.
A brief history of asbestos materials in Adelaide, South Australia
Asbestos is a mineral fibre that can only be identified using a microscope. Many people use this term in reference to this microscopic fibre though there are different fibre types. Asbestos was used in the production of building materials like ducts and pipes in the past.
South Australia has produced large quantities of asbestos-containing material (ACM). The earliest recorded production and mining was from deposits near Robertstown. Approximately, 1000 tons of blue fibres (crocidolite) were mined in the Robertstown-Truro-Lyndoch area, which is 50-120 km north of Adelaide. It’s unlikely that these deposits will ever work again.
Asbestos products, including heat sealants, were in use in South Australia even in the late 1990s. Before they were banned, asbestos heat sealants were used for over 200 years in residential, public, industrial and commercial buildings. This means that there are many buildings in Australia that contain harmful asbestos sealants. Heat sealants are found in different products including fireproofing, thermal insulation, and electrical insulation.
Types of heat seals found in Adelaide
Heat sealants that contain asbestos are categorized into tightly bound products and loosely-bound products (www.asbestos.sa.gov.au). In the mid-1970s, the use of asbestos heat sealants was banned for many manufacturing applications; it is allowed to be used, however, in gaskets or other materials in which the asbestos fibre is tightly bound. Unfortunately, it is not possible to tell either a heat seal contains tightly bound or loosely bound asbestos.
1. Tightly bound products
Fibrous seals that have bonded asbestos are considered less risky when compared to those with loosely bound asbestos. They are also easier to handle. However, due to degradation, materials with firmly bound asbestos can start releasing them. This is why they should be handled carefully during the removal process.
Firmly bound asbestos can also be found in some insulating boards that are used in sound and heat insulation and for fire protection purposes. They can be commonly located in industrial, residential and commercial settings in Australia. They are used in electrical panels, ceiling tiles, wall linings and circuit boards. Their asbestos content ranges between 20 and 45 percent.
2. Loosely-bound products
Heat sealants that contain loosely bound asbestos are also called friable materials. They were mostly used in commercial and industrial settings for sound and fireproofing as well as general insulation. Today, glass fibres are used in place of asbestos.
Heat seals containing loose asbestos fibres are rarely found in domestic heaters, water heating systems and old stoves. However, loosely bound products can have up to 100 percent asbestos fibres. Since the fibres in these products are loose, they tend to produce dust with minimal pressure application. This makes them very dangerous since loose asbestos fibres become airborne with ease. As such, asbestos removal Adelaide must be done by licensed removal experts only.
Services provided by Asbestos Watch Adelaide
We offer a broad range of services that are tailored to meet your needs. Upon your request, our team of specialists will come to your house or workplace and determine the existence of harmful asbestos materials within the building. Then, we will determine what measures need to be taken next. We aim to deliver high-quality and competitive services to exceed your expectations.
We can provide you with extensive services as follows:
- Asbestos removal – a comprehensive service to remove asbestos from your property. Starting from removing asbestos, transportation, and dispose of asbestos materials in a legal waste facility.
- Asbestos testing – Sample collection and testing via an accredited laboratory.
If you suspected that asbestos might present in your house or workplace, get in touch with us today. We determined to deliver the best services in identifying and removing asbestos materials from your building- prompt and safe!
There are no projects that are too difficult to be handled by us. We put customer satisfaction, along with health and safety, as our biggest priority. Contact us today to get a free quote!