The Asbestos Removal Process: Step-by-Step Guide to a Safe Home

Asbestos Removal Process

Asbestos can linger in a home for a long time, and only when inadvertently disturbed, pose serious health risks to the inhabitants. Your breathing can be greatly affected, and you could even experience asbestosis. Needless to say, it’s important to embark on a thorough asbestos removal process if you even suspect the presence of this mineral in your home.

With that in mind, we at Reliable Contracting Group have outlined this step-by-step guide to a safe home. Read on for more.

  1. Identify and Assess the Asbestos – First, a licensed asbestos inspector must assess the presence and extent of asbestos in your property. This includes noticing even the finest asbestos fibres in areas like the attic insulation, walls, floors, and even baseboards – which requires prompt asbestos baseboards removal.
  2. Implement Isolation and Containment – The next step in asbestos removal is isolation and containment; every area infected with asbestos must be sealed off with plastic sheeting and tape. This protects the rest of the home. You must also turn off all heating and ventilation systems to kill the spread of asbestos as soon as possible.
  3. Start With Wet Methods of Removal – Often, professionals will mist the air or apply a controlled stream of water to slowly chip away at asbestos. These are referred to as wet methods of removal, which avoid disturbing the asbestos and spreading the harmful fibres elsewhere. Hand saws and scrapers may be used alongside.
  4. Seal and Bag Removed Materials – When materials have been safely scraped away, or challenging tasks like asbestos baseboards removal carried out, it’s time to seal and bag removed materials for safe disposal. There are approved disposal sites throughout New Zealand to this end.
  5. Test The Air Quality – After all infected materials have been removed, not only must the working area be thoroughly cleaned, the air quality must also be tested. If the asbestos fibre levels are acceptable, the removal process can be considered well and truly done!

With over three decades of combined experience in the management of hazardous materials, there’s no company better to assist in asbestos removal across Auckland than Reliable Contracting Group. Keen to protect and preserve your home? Get in touch, today.


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