How to Remove Asbestos Safely
A quick note about who we areAsbestos To Go is our asbestos removal division and we're licenced Queensland asbestos removalists. To offer this service in Brisbane, the Sunshine or Gold Coasts, you need to be licenced. We specialise in the professional removal of asbestos roofing, guttering, walls, wall cladding and other types of bonded asbestos that can pose a risk to your house's inhabitants.
Asbestos Roof ReplacementsThis is a large job due to the amount of product and labour required. First the asbestos need to be removed from the roof and then the roof replacement procedure can begin. When working on roofs, we will need to use fall protection otherwise known edge protection (similar to scaffolding). At this stage, any roof insulation also needs to be removed, then the whole ceiling vacuumed and sprayed with sealant to ensure that there are no airborne fibres remaining. We also check the roof structure including battens and other structural fittings if needed we will replace these for you. If our experts find any problems with the roof structure and it’s not sufficient to meet modern building codes, we will upgrade the structure accordingly. Once this is complete we can help install new ceiling insulation and the new metal roofing. You can choose between zinc aluminium or Colorbond finishes. For more information on options, visit this page. Often you will find that it is very economical during an asbestos roof removal job to combine this with a roof, guttering, eaves and other adjoining areas replacement at the same time.
Removing Asbestos in your wallsWalls are in the internal area of the house. Whenever we are doing work internally we need to barricade this area off completely and you will need to vacate the house. It’s important to isolate this area from the rest of the house to prevent contamination.
Removing Other Types of AsbestosThe two other common requests we receive are...
- Vinyl Flooring
The General Asbestos Removal ProcedureThe safe way to remove asbestos is to ensure that correct processes are followed at all times. It doesn’t matter if we are removing an asbestos roof or walls, our main steps in Queensland are as follows…
Step 1 - Notify Workplace Health & Safety QLD & adjoining neighbours prior to removal
Step 2 - Obtain Safety Advice from Energex & disconnect power if necessary
Step 3 - Personal protective equipment is worn including masks and suits
Step 4 - Asbestos materials stacked and wrapped according to regulations
Step 5 - The area is vacuumed & spray-sealed following removal
Step 6 - A clearance inspection is conducted by an independent company
Step 7 - Materials are transported to a waste facility by a licenced contractor
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FREQUENTLY asked questions
It is a group of naturally occurring minerals, mined from deep underground. There are three main types that were used in Australia, Chrysotile (white), Crocidolite (blue), and Amosite (brown or grey).
Asbestos was an extremely popular building material prior to the 1990’s. Since then the use of asbestos has been banned after it was found to cause serious health problems to humans if exposed to airborne particles.
It is safe if you take the necessary precautions and use the proper equipment when doing so. Our staff use full body suits with ventilators to protect themselves from any particles coming in contact with their body. It’s also important to use safe procedures during the removal process to make sure you don’t encourage the fibres to become airborne where they can endanger humans.
Our main goal is to offer safe asbestos removal at a reasonable price. The price is a direct reflection of:
- how much of the material is present – typically measured in m2
- location of the asbestos within the structure and
- ease of access into the property itself
- the nature of the replacement material
- whether it’s an entire roof or just supporting structural areas (eves, walls etc).
The above factors determine the amount of time we must spend and the amount of equipment required. This is reflected in the overall cost to you. We only use fully qualified asbestos removalists. To get an accurate estimate for the cost of asbestos removal we really need you to contact us first, so we can provide a customised quote for your individual situation. Costs vary from job to job significantly
We use a licenced asbestos transporter who disposes of the material at the closest registered waste facility/tip. After asbestos removal we NEVER dispose of asbestos improperly or illegally.
As a precaution, we ask all residents to vacate during asbestos removal. This is usually from early morning to mid-afternoon and allows enough time for removal, vacuuming, spray sealing and an independent inspection.
If you are employing a fully qualified, licenced asbestos removalist such as us, you are not required to notify any authorities as this will be done by the removalist. We notify QLD Workplace Health & Safety prior to removal and we may also notify Energex if we are working close to their infrastructure on your behalf.
Yes, we can integrate down-lights, surface mounted lights, fans or speakers into your design and have them fitted by our electricians. See below for an example from one of our happy customers.
Yes, we also offer supply only if you would prefer to build it yourself.
Most structures will need building approval but it depends on the type and size of the structure and what it will be used for. We will determine upon site visit if a building approval is necessary and, if so, we will include this in your quote.
The timeframe depends on several factors including engineering, building approval, manufacturing, current scheduling and weather conditions. We advise to allow at least 4 weeks from sign-up to commencement of building.
The Stratco Outback range comes with a 15 year structural warranty and we also offer a 10yr warranty against faulty workmanship. We also include QBCC insurance so all jobs over $3300 are covered by this insurance.
We offer ‘No deposit, 3 years interest free finance’ up to $25,000. For more information or to apply please go to our ‘Payment Options’ page. We also offer a discount for cash, cheque and EFT payments.
Yes, we can install concrete slabs, driveways, timber decking, handrails and fencing to with your new patio or carport. Please ask us for more information or a quote.
As we are an Authorised Stratco Outback Dealer, we supply and install Stratco patios and carports. We can also source materials and accessories from other suppliers should you want a design that is not in the Stratco range.
Yes, all jobs over $3300 require a signed contract prior to work commencing. This sets out the complete scope of works, responsibilities of the repairer and the value of the job. It also give you peace of mind that the work will be covered by QBCC insurance.
We aim to complete your repairs as quickly as possible. The timeframe will depend on our current lead time and if there is a particular urgency (eg. a roof leak or damaged electrical wiring). Once we have been authorised by your insurer, we will make contact and provide you with a timeframe based on these factors.
Yes, you are welcome to request additional work to be done at the same time as your insurance repairs. Any work which is not covered in your claim will need to be paid for by the homeowner. Please notify us prior to work commencing if you would like any additional work done so we can quote and schedule accordingly.
We offer up to 10 years manufacturer warranty on materials and a 5 year warranty against faulty workmanship. Your insurance company may also offer additional warranties so please contact your insurer for more information.
Most insurers will allow you to nominate your own repairer. If you would like to request Hats For Houses, please contact your insurance company.
Hats For Houses is a preferred repairer for several major insurance companies and have been operating in the industry for over a decade. We are licenced and registered with industry organisations such as the HIA, MBA, QBCC & MRIAQ. We also aim to complete your repairs in the quickest time possible and to the highest standard whilst maintaining a high level of customer service.