Bathroom Asbestos Removal
Asbestos was used in buildings from the 1940s to 1980s in Australia. This material is known for its durability, insulation and fire resistance. However, it has been noted that this material causes more damage than good and is no longer recommended for use in buildings. The Australian Workers’ Union is campaigning to remove all materials containing asbestos from Australia by 2030.
Asbestos-containing materials in the bathroom can be found on floors, walls and fittings. It acts as a compound that is added to the adhesive to bind vinyl tiles and create vinyl wallpapers. Part of the material has also been used in the production of bathtubs. Asbestos was widely used in the bathroom due to its water resistance.
Safe Work Australia recommends that before proceeding with asbestos removal, first carry out an inspection to determine the type of asbestos. After the inspection, the asbestos removal process can begin. This task should be carried out by a licensed contractor.
Make sure that you have hired a contractor who follows all the precautions that apply to the removal of asbestos. For example, priority should be given to wearing personal protective equipment in order to reduce the chances of direct contact with asbestos and to restrict access to the area in which work is carried out.
Here are some ways to remove asbestos from the bathroom:
Water injection and saturation
In this method very thick asbestos is fully saturated with water. The bathroom floor can have such a thick asbestos. The water is injected directly into the asbestos by means of a special injection head with water inlets and outlets. The injectors are then removed from asbestos waste due to their direct contact with the harmful substance.
Dry-running method of disposal
This method is used when working in bathrooms with live cables and good electrical cables. This is to avoid accidents such as electrical shocks. This method can also be used when working in fully or partially enclosed rooms.
Wet cleaning method
This method is highly valued by most asbestos removal companies because it reduces the risk of fibres being transferred into the air. Minimal or zero dusting is guaranteed because the water used is under low pressure. Here the fibres are dampened by flooding them with water under minimum pressure. Detergent can be added to the water to increase the absorption coefficient. The bathroom surface should remain wet throughout the process. This method can be used to remove asbestos tiles from the bathroom.
Identify asbestos in your bathroom as it can be found on beautiful tiles, wallpaper and ceiling. You definitely do not want to discover such a harmful substance when it is too late.
Always remember that when handling asbestos, special care must be taken to by asbestos removal companies avoid inhaling harmful asbestos fibres. Asbestos removal rules and regulations also apply to the removal of asbestos from the bathroom, no matter how large or small the room is.