ASBESTOS & HAZMAT REMOVAL
Asbestos & Hazmat Removal
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos has been used in the past as an insulator, and it was often mixed into cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger.
These qualities once made asbestos very profitable for business, but unfortunately, they also make asbestos highly toxic. Consequently, it has been illegal to use asbestos in residential buildings since the 1980s, and any products containing asbestos were banned throughout Australia in 2003. Since it is also illegal to use or re-use any products containing asbestos, the only thing you can do if you find asbestos in your home or your building site is make sure that it is safely removed and disposed of.
Asbestos is not a single type of mineral — rather, it refers to a group of silicate minerals that share the same fibrous nature. In business terms, it was common to speak of common “white asbestos” (chrysotile) and the less often used “blue asbestos” (crocidolite) and “brown asbestos” (amosite). Here at DC Demo Solutions, our fully-trained team is well equipped to handle, remove and dispose of any kind of asbestos or other hazardous materials (“hazmat”) that you might come into contact with in the demolition or renovation process. We offer complete site cleaning services which include the identification of hazardous materials, thorough hazmat removal and legal certification so your site can continue to operate without the risks posed by hazardous materials.
As part of both our residential and commercial demolition work we often come in contact with hazardous material such as asbestos or lead dust. We are fully licensed and insured in bonded asbestos removal and can help you through every step of the process.
From the first time that you suspect there may be asbestos in your domestic or commercial site, DC Demo Solutions can provide professional help by first identifying the substance and suggesting a suitable strategy for its safe and effective removal. We can then remove all occurrences of asbestos throughout your site as quickly as possible, with minimal impact on the surrounding area or on other work that may be occurring on site. All asbestos removal is carried out professionally, by fully trained and certified workers adhering to strict safety standards, in order to avoid any further complications or cross-contamination on your site. When the process is complete, we can even ensure that your site receives a clearance certificate from an independent asbestos certifier so that work on your site can continue safely in adherence with any legal requirements.
If you’re not sure whether the material you’re dealing with is asbestos or not, we can send members of our specially-trained asbestos crew to pick up samples and get them tested. All testing is carried out in a NSW NATA accredited laboratory and we can get sample results back within 24 hours.
From both a legal and safety perspective, it’s important to ensure that any asbestos on your site is handled only by officially ticketed professionals. In order to always provide professional and top-quality service, every person on our team is ticketed and has experience in asbestos removal. We work to the highest of standards and go above and beyond to ensure the safety of our employees and the public. We’re also concerned for the well-being of our community and environment, and so we make sure that all the asbestos we remove ends up being disposed of securely and safely in appropriate asbestos disposal facilities.
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LEAD PAINT / LEAD DUST REMOVAL
What is lead and why is it hazardous?
Lead is a toxic substance that can affect people of any age. It is especially harmful to children, pregnant women and unborn babies. Similar to asbestos, lead accumulates in your body over time, so even small amounts can pose a health hazard in the long term. These health risks can go unnoticed as there is no immediate symptom to the human body, therefore they can be even more dangerous compared to other hazardous substances.
In Australia, before 1970, paints containing high levels of lead were used in many houses. This poses a great concern as any exposure to lead is a health hazard. Even small amounts of dust or chips of paint containing lead, generated during minor home repairs, can be a health risk.
Ever since lead was established as a highly hazardous substance, the recommended amount of lead in domestic paint has declined from 50% before 1965, to 1% in 1965. In 1992, it was reduced to 0.25%, and in 1997 it was further reduced to a mere 0.1%.
Lead is also a hazard when it is on surfaces such as windows and doors.
The danger of lead in house paint
Lead in house paint is a problem only if it is damaged or disturbed. Paint in good condition that is not flaking or chalking, or is covered by well maintained lead-free paint is not a hazard in itself.
Lead can also be a hazard when it is on surfaces subject to friction or impact such as windows and doors, or on railings where children can chew it. High concentrations of lead found in garden soils in older residential areas can be due to residue from lead-based paint.
Lead-based paint is most likely to be found on window frames, doors, skirting boards, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, exterior walls, gutters, metal surfaces and fascias. It can also be found on interior walls, ceilings and areas with enamel paint. Pink and red primer both contain lead, so you should think twice before disturbing any surface which has had any of these paints applied.
Home renovators can create lead hazards without realising it. If old paint is not handled properly, lead dust and paint chips can remain in the home or on the garden years after the work is completed. Paint removal by blasting, burning, dry scraping, dry sanding and using power tools creates the most serious dangers because the particles are small enough to be inhaled or deposited in furnishings or carpet, making complete removal extremely difficult.
Lead in house paint is a problem only if it is damaged, such as flaking or chalking.
DC Demo Solutions professional team can help you with effective, quick and safe lead paint removal.
At Dc Demo Solutions, we have a professional qualified team who are confident in dealing with hazmat removal, especially lead paint removal and lead dust removal.
Firstly, we put up a containment area in order to block any lead dust escaping. Then, we apply a chemical to the painted area. Then, the chemical is scraped off, and the walls are washed down with water, and left to dry. Any left-over paint marks are wire brushed off or scraped again until clean.
Anyone painting a house, doing maintenance or renovation work that could potentially disturb paint containing lead should avoid exposing themselves and their families, neighbours or pets to its hazards.
Leave your lead paint removal project to us. We ensure with 100% confidence that this will be dealt with in the most professional, efficient, fast, and cost-effective way.
DC team working away at a municipal lead paint removal project. Safety is number one priority. The area has been isolated, contained and bubbled.
DC Demo Solutions team is fully qualified, fully insured and fully ticketed to do lead paint / lead dust removal for any residential, commercial or civil project.
Just give us a call at 02 8060 4288 to see how we can help you!
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