Many years ago we used asbestos everywhere and nobody seemed to talk about it all that much. In the 1960s we used it in masses of buildings. Certainly we didn’t have the regulations we have today. Why the change? Well like many substances, we didn’t realise the hidden dangers and effects until things started to go wrong. When people who had been exposed to asbestos started getting seriously ill, that’s when the problems were noticed. So yes, asbestos is dangerous.
When we didn’t know about the dangers, we used asbestos in great amounts. It was easy to obtain, cost effective and had a number of benefits. In building houses and commercial properties, in pipes and fencing, asbestos appeared almost everywhere. It was cheap and good for insulation. And left alone it is relatively harmless. The problems arise when it is moved or when it breaks down. Fibres from the product can be miniscule and if set free from their present environment, will float away and can easily be inhaled by people. The fibres are so small they may never be seen and we are unaware we have inhaled them. So if you plan to demolish something or have a wall, pipe or fence which is broken, then fixing or removing that material requires expert help.
What’s the cost?
That’s a bit like asking how long is a piece of string. The best method of ascertaining the cost is to contact Adelaide’s and in fact South Australia’s leading asbestos removal firm, Allstar Asbestos Services who provide free quotes. As a rough guide the cost depends on the amount of asbestos to be removed, the degree of difficulty in gaining access and the vicinity of the approved dumping place. Remember there are strict government regulations about handling, removing and disposing of asbestos.
Another cost factor is the type of asbestos. Bonded asbestos is easier to handle and unless it is cut or broken, is easier to remove. Friable asbestos is loose asbestos and is far more dangerous. It was often used as insulation in ceilings and allowing it into the open air is extremely dangerous.
In round figures, a quote can range from $40 to $60 per square metre. The type of asbestos, where it is located – asbestos on a roof can be more expensive to remove than say from a fence which is at a ground level – and the time involved to complete the job are all factors which apply to the quote. But working with the experienced and expert removalists guarantees you peace of mind and the knowledge that the price you pay is excellent value for money.
Homeowners wanting to renovate, repair, extend or demolish are prime candidates for engaging a professional asbestos remover. But many commercial buildings also contain asbestos. Anyone with a factory, shop or other commercial premises is equally involved if asbestos is part of their premises.
Because Allstar Asbestos Services are the experts in the field, because they service all of Adelaide and can even travel to rural and regional areas, and because they provide free quotes, your best and most effective choice is to go with the experts. If your building is located in a faraway location, Allstar is able to provide that free quote online.