FAQ Term: Asbestos

How to identify asbestos?

It’s a challenge to identify asbestos, since often it merges seamlessly with other materials in your home. Due to this, a mere visual check of your house might not be sufficient. If you have any doubt regarding a material’s composition, professional testing is the surest way to determine whether it contains asbestos. Looking to get… Read more »

How dangerous is asbestos?

Breathing in asbestos fibres is highly hazardous. Prolonged contact can precipitate severe respiratory disorders such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and the rare but aggressive mesothelioma. It’s paramount to recognise that asbestos, even when undisturbed, still looms as a silent threat. If you have even an inkling of its presence in your vicinity, it’s wise to… Read more »

What does asbestos sheeting look like?

Favoured in construction throughout the 20th century, asbestos sheeting primarily appears as flat, grey panels. Yet, with time, environmental factors, and applied paint, its appearance can alter. Given the microscopic nature of asbestos fibres, they are able to remain unseen to the unaided eye. This emphasises the necessity for professional testing when it comes to… Read more »

Where is asbestos found?

Before the 2000s, asbestos found its way into numerous construction materials due to its adaptability. Places it’s frequently encountered include roofs, wall sidings, fences, insulating boards, and certain types of floor tiles. Older infrastructure, including commercial venues, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities built prior to the 2000s, stand a much higher chance of housing asbestos… Read more »

How to test for asbestos?

Testing for asbestos requires professional expertise and should be conducted by a competent person due to the health risks involved. At the GBAR Group, our approach involves a detailed inspection of your property by trained experts. We collect samples from suspected materials and send them to a NATA certified laboratory for analysis. This process ensures… Read more »

Will I have asbestos in my home?

If your home was constructed before the 1980’s it is likely that there will be some asbestos used in your home’s construction.

How is asbestos removed?

Asbestos removal is a meticulous process that demands specialised skills and strict safety protocols. At the GBAR Group, our trained professionals first isolate the area of concern to prevent asbestos fibres migrating to other areas. We then use certified equipment and employ advanced removal techniques to safely remove asbestos-containing materials. Throughout this process, we adhere… Read more »

How much does asbestos removal cost?

The cost of asbestos removal varies based on several factors including the extent of asbestos present, location, and the type of property. At the GBAR Group, we offer a customised quote after a detailed assessment of your specific situation. Our pricing reflects our commitment to quality, safety, and compliance with regulatory standards. For an accurate… Read more »

How long does asbestos stay in the air?

Once disturbed, asbestos fibres can remain airborne for extended periods of time. This poses a significant health risk, as it becomes incredibly easy for you to accidentally inhale these fibres, which can cause long-lasting damage to your lungs. The duration these fibres stay in the air depends on various factors, such as the environment, air… Read more »

What is non-friable asbestos?

Non-friable asbestos refers to asbestos-containing materials where the fibres are firmly bound in a matrix, such as cement or resin, and are less likely to be released into the air unless damaged or disturbed. While non-friable asbestos poses a lower immediate risk compared to friable asbestos, it still requires professionals to safely remove it. Our… Read more »