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How Asbestos Removal Works

Asbestos is a very dangerous fibre that still inhabits many houses and business buildings across Australia. If you have never had your home tested and it was built during or before the 1990s, then you should consider getting it checked for asbestos. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to asbestos. Many people wonder how the process of removing asbestos actually works, so here is a brief rundown of the process your home or business will go through once you call a professional asbestos removal company. 


First of all, the affected area is prepared for removal by wetting it down. Using either a bucket of water or a hose with a very light spray, the water must be thoroughly applied so that none of the asbestos fibres become airborne. The last thing you want is for little bits of asbestos to remain on your floor, carpet and furniture after the removal process is done. Once everything is thoroughly wet, the actual process of removing all the asbestos effected components can begin. If it takes so long that the moisture begins to dry, you must stop and reapply to ensure it does not get where the fibres can be displaced.


Asbestos removal is done gently and with great care to ensure no insulation, gutters, tiles, flooring or any other asbestos-infected component bumps into any object during removal. Movement is what displaces the fibres, and the most jarring movements come from bumps. That is why you won't see asbestos removal companies throwing excess material into rubbish bins or onto the ground like regular removalists. They will stack the components neatly outside, taking care to ensure that similar parts are kept together for easier storage. This delicate process is why asbestos removal can take so long.

Readying For Transportation

Once outside, the asbestos will be placed into large, thick, asbestos removal containers. If there are bits of sheeting or material that are too large to comfortably fit in these containers, then they need to be wrapped in heavy-duty plastic. They should never be broken into smaller pieces to fit into the containers, so if you see that happening, it is a big no-no. Once everything is stored correctly, it can be transported to a landfill site that is legally allowed to accept asbestos waste. Not every landfill site is able to accept asbestos, so most asbestos removal places will call ahead or go to their regular place.