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A known killer from even a single exposure to the airborne particles of asbestos, asbestos is most often located in roof cavities. Our samples of the dust found in the roof cavity can identify asbestos and, if required, Enviromaster has the necessary equipment to remove the dust permanently.

Asbestos was typically used in many building products up until the mid 1980's. As a consequence, asbestos can be found in household insulation, eave panels, lagging on hot water pipes, flue from heaters and hot water services.

Generally speaking dormant (non airborne) asbestos is not considered to be a problem. Asbestos dust caused by the cutting or tearing of asbestos provides the health risk, as the minute particles have small hooks on the end and these can get lodged in lung walls and can lead to cancer forming.

When asbestos is known or has been proved to be present, often it is left undisturbed as the expense of removing and disposing of asbestos can be prohibitive. Unless of course, work needs to be undertaken on the product containing the asbestos.

Insulation and asbestos

Although rare, asbestos is known to have been used in household insulation, usually loose fill or blow in insulation prodicts. If you have this type of insulation in your roof cavity we can cheaply and quickly have it tested to confirm the presence of asbestos - or otherwise.

Flues and asbestos

Flues from internal heaters or in roof hot water services were common in the 1970's and 1980's but these are genersally not an issue unless the heater or hot water service needs removal or replacement. The best practise with flues is to assume that asbestos is present and to have it removed and disposed of at a licensed disposal centre.

Asbestos sampling, testing and identification procedure

1. Identification

Our asbestos identification process involves identifying possible examples of asbestos tainted building materials and then determinging which products require testing based on the long term circumstances of the building, the product and the occupants.


2. Sample

Sampling the suspect product is as simple as bagging a sample of the suspect insulation, or shaving a sample from a suspect flue, or removing fibres from suspect lagging. PPE attire is worn by our testers who wil be responsible for the taking of the samples. The samples are double bagged and sealed for transportation. Once samples have been taken they are transported to an accredited asbestos test laboratory. The samples are turned around in 48 hours.


3. Laboratory testing

We can have airborne particulates and surface swabs tested and these laboratory tests can determine what type of mould has generated in the dwelling. Lab testing is an optional extra as the vaklue of determining the type of particulate or the type of dust particles is questionable. Often the presence of elevated particulate levels is enough to undertake remedial action without paying to determine the exact type of particulate.


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