Asbestos Ceiling Removal Chrsitchurch
Until it’s ban in 2003, asbestos-based products were commonly used in many interior and exterior goods throughout Australia and New Zealand. These products including but is not limited to gutters, downpipes, roof sheeting and lining under eaves. Until the 1980s asbestos was added to many building products to increase strength and durability whilst also providing insulation and fire resistance. Asbestos can pose a significant danger when disturbed as hazardous asbestos dust particles can be released into environment and the air.
As with many things, structures can become compromised with age and asbestos containing materials (ACM) can become increasingly brittle with time or movement, thus presenting a greater risk. Securely removing asbestos ceilings and contaminated roof spaces ensures the safety of your commercial, industrial, and residential property whilst increasing property value. It is always best practice to assume materials contain asbestos if there is ever uncertainty. Additionally, noting that asbestos containing materials that has begun to deteriorate poses the greatest risk. Asbestos dust can remain in the air for up to 72 hours before fibers fully settle and if dust is disturbed, it can become airborne again. When airborne, asbestos dust is considered dangerous if inhaled or ingested.
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As lightweight asbestos containing materials are disturbed or comprised, very small fibers inevitably become airborne. When inhaled or ingested, exposure to this hazard leads to the increased risk of asbestos fibers becoming trapped within the body. Over time these asbestos dust particles can lead to breathing problems and serious life threating illnesses including lung cancer, asbestos, and mesothelioma. There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure, so it is best to keep exposure to asbestos as low as possible. Due to the fragility of asbestos containing materials, it is important to never create unnecessary dust on materials that are suspected to contain asbestos. This means not using power tools (which may create dust), high pressure water clearers or compressed air on products which may contain asbestos.
Spray-on texture ceilings (popcorn ceilings) and decorative coatings on ceilings were popularized between the 1950s and the 1980s.
These ceilings and walls were economical, fire-resistant, strong as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
Popular names for textured ceilings include but are not limited to blown-on ceiling, cottage-cheese ceiling, acoustic ceiling, stipple ceiling, stucco ceiling, textured ceiling, spray-on ceiling, and trade names such as “Glamatex” or “Whisper”.
At the time, textured ceiling coverings were also useful for providing acoustic insulation and helped tradespeople to easily cover up uneven surfaces. Asbestos containing ceilings and walls can range in appearance from white to cream with some speckles of glitter or metal flakes throughout. Unfortunately, a commonly added product to these types of ceilings and walls was asbestos.
As asbestos is not limited to ceilings and walls, it can also be found in textured paint products including patching compounds used on other surfaces including ceiling joints, so it is always recommended to proceed with caution.
Eventually asbestos was phased out of these construction materials, but unfortunately it was not soon enough.
As previously mentioned, these textured ceilings and walls were widely used throughout commercial and residential spaces thus posing a dangerous risk to health even today.
If these ceilings are not removed, commercial, industrial, and residential spaces may still contain asbestos. The only way to confirm if a substance contains asbestos is with laboratory testing.
When handling suspected asbestos products, licensed asbestos contractors such as ANZ Enviro should be engaged.
Disturbing asbestos ceilings by sanding, painting, or patching could release harmful asbestos fibers into the air by creating very dangerous asbestos dust. For damaged or deteriorating ceilings and roof spaces, complete removal of asbestos may be recommended to minimise risk.
As always, the most effective and safest way to handle asbestos is to engage a professional for advice and assist with next steps with your project.
In accordance with current regulations, adequate precautions must be provided to ensure asbestos is either encapsulated or removed by a licensed and qualified professional.
Whilst asbestos removal can be a complicated process, engaging a professional that understands the dangers is imperative.
ANZ Enviro holds relevant licensing (Class A & B) and meets all necessary regulations for both bonded and friable asbestos removal.
With over 30 years of experience, our specially trained asbestos removal experts have the necessary equipment and knowledge to effectively complete projects on time and within budget.
Our team prides itself on ‘Doing it once, doing it right’ & we look forward to having the privilege of working with you on your next project!
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