Our team hold Class A and Class B Asbestos Removal Licences, so we are well-equipped, trained and accredited for all types of asbestos removal. We prioritise the safety of all involved during the removal process and dispose the material we collect responsibly.
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Our asbestos removal services in Nelson, Wellington, Marlborough, Christchurch and Dunedin are carried out by our professional team. Our comprehensive service uses industry-best practices to eliminate all traces of contamination in line with 18001 health and safety management certification requirements, making your property safe for you and your family once more.
Our team aims to make your property safe for all those living and working in it by offering the following services:
With years of experience, highly qualified staff, and attention to detail, our TechClean asbestos removal services will ensure your home or commercial space is safe. We always follow best practices, with full PPE and rigorous checks on site, before, during, and after the removal of the asbestos contaminated material.
Up until about 1984, using asbestos in houses or commercial constructions was common in NZ. It was a popular material thanks to its fire-retardant properties, and it was not unusual to use asbestos in walls, lift shafts, roofing, cladding or linoleum. Once its associated health risks came to light, raw asbestos was banned from use, but if your building was constructed before the 1990s it’s possible that there will be asbestos in the structure. Testing by licenced local asbestos removal companies can confirm or rule out any contamination.
Asbestos is considered to be most harmful when it is disintegrating or has been damaged. Tiny fibres enter the atmosphere in your home or office and can be inhaled by anyone person or animal in the space.
Deterioration of this material could be due to wear and tear, damage from an earthquake or strong winds, or from renovation/demolition projects. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to serious health risks including lung cancer and lung tissue scarring (asbestosis). The longer the exposure to this carcinogen, the greater the risk of disease. In fact, finding asbestos in the middle of a renovation project should halt it until the risks are mitigated for those working on site. These measures will likely involve asbestos roof removal, asbestos tile removal or cleaning, depending on the situation
Some indicators that you should contact asbestos professionals include:
It can be hard to believe that a natural substance can cause us so much damage. The problem begins when you breathe in asbestos fibres. These fibres get trapped in the mucus membranes present in your throat and nasal passages. Some may even find their way into your lungs or your digestive tract. Your body isn’t able to break these fibres down or dispose of them so, they end up causing diseases like lung cancer and asbestosis.
Depending on where in your home asbestos is present, it may not be visible to you. But even then, it can be difficult to confirm the presence of asbestos only with a visual evaluation, especially if you’re not experienced in doing so.
Three types of asbestos were widely used – crocidolite, chrysotile and amosite, these were blue, white and brown respectively. If asbestos crumbles easily, it is classified as ‘friable’ and those that do not disintegrate as easily fall in the ‘non-friable’ category. Inhaling the disintegrated fibres is what poses the greatest health risk, and this is why the distinction is important.
If you suspect that asbestos is present in your home, it is best to organise a professional testing/survey from a licenced professional. If the asbestos is intact and in good condition, the recommendation could be to leave it as is until it starts showing signs of wear or you intend to renovate.
If the building you live in was constructed before or during the mid-1980s, we strongly recommend that you get the structure tested for asbestos. Asbestos is most dangerous when it is damaged and this could inadvertently happen during a renovation project. So it’s a good idea to test before you begin. Discovering asbestos in the middle of a renovation may cause a delay. If you own a commercial building, it is part of your legal obligations to provide information about the presence of asbestos, and the management of it.
This depends on the specifics of the project. We will have to assess the amount of asbestos present, how accessible it is, and other factors including logistics before giving you a concrete timeline. Contact us with your requirements so we can get started.
Once a licenced professional has evaluated the asbestos present on the property, the recommendation may be to leave it in place. Asbestos is dangerous when it begins to disintegrate and release little fibres (invisible to the naked eye) into the atmosphere that you can breathe in. If the asbestos is in good condition and does not pose a danger, we may just suggest that you leave it intact and monitor its condition
There is a protocol in place to safely dispose asbestos that we remove from your property. Ultimately, it is buried in a designated disposal site but before this, it is wrapped in specific material and placed in an approved asbestos disposal bin. Each step can only be carried out by trained professionals in very controlled circumstances.
Vermiculite (just like asbestos) is a naturally occurring substance that was used for its insulating properties. It is sometimes also used in gardening. The vermiculite-asbestos confusion originates from a place called Libby in the American state of Montana. Roughly from the year 1920 to 1990, a mine in Libby sold vermiculite to construction projects all over the world under the brand name ‘Zonolite.’ After nearly 60 years of this mine’s operations, it was discovered that the vermiculite from it was contaminated with asbestos fibres. This led to the closure of the mine and vermiculite mines have been subjected to periodic tests since then. But Zonolite branded vermiculite was never used in NZ and no other vermiculite mines showed any asbestos contamination.