Asbestos Walls & Eaves Removal
Asbestos-containing wall sheets can be found in both residential and commercial properties throughout Perth. If you are planning on having work done to the interior or exterior of your home or business, consult a qualified asbestos removalist before commencing work.
Rapid Asbestos Removals are fully licensed and trained to carry out asbestos inspections and asbestos removal and disposal. The cost of removing asbestos walls will depend on the type of asbestos wall and the location. For a general breakdown of the costs per square metre see below. We offer free onsite inspections in order to provide a more accurate cost.
*All prices include removal & disposal
|Internal Wall Sheets||Starts at $40 per m2|
|External Cladding||Starts at $35 per m2|
|Eaves||Starts at $35 per m2|
Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) was used in internal and external walls in many Australian houses, especially those with wood stud frames.
Asbestos wall sheets will likely be found in the following areas:
- Exterior cladding
Asbestos was used in these areas due to their high fire risk. Bathrooms, laundries and kitchens all have water present and electrical appliances, which presents a fire risk. Asbestos sheets were used as exterior walls to help reduce the spread of fire to adjoining or nearby properties.
Asbestos Walls Types
The most common types of asbestos walls in Western Australia are asbestos cement sheets, asbestos low-density boards(LDB) and Tilux.
Asbestos Cement Sheet (also called fibre cement)
This is the most common type of asbestos wall. Asbestos cement sheets are considered non-friable asbestos (bonded) and are generally safe if the sheet is still intact. You can identify asbestos wall sheeting by the dimpled golf ball pattern on the backside of the sheet. These sheets have a blue/grey tinge. Another sign of an asbestos cement sheet is that they will produce a sharp clicking sound when tapped with a key. These can be found on the interior and exterior of homes.
Asbestos Low-Density Boards (LDB):
Low-Density Boards(LDB) also known as Asbestos Insulating Boards, contain calcium silicate plaster with asbestos fibres mixed in. These sheets contain 70% asbestos fibres by volume compared to asbestos cement sheets which are between 5% to 20%. This sheeting was used in the internal walls and ceiling panels of houses built between 1950 and 1970.
While intact and in good condition, LDB sheets are generally safe. However, when they become damaged, due to their high asbestos content and low strength, they can be more dangerous.
A sign of LDB is a dull noise when tapped with a key compared to a sharp noise made by asbestos cement sheets. LBD is harder to identify as asbestos because they look very similar to non-asbestos cement sheeting. Asbestos sample testing is required to find out if the board is asbestos LDB.
Tilux was an asbestos cement board with a ceramic coating. You will find Tilux mostly in bathrooms and in some cases laundries and kitchens, as they were used to tile over. They can be distinguished by their pastel hues and patterns. In some cases, the boards were not tiled over and left as is.
Need Your Walls Tested for Asbestos & Removed?
As licensed and trained asbestos wall removalists, we will complete the job accurately and efficiently. We can test for asbestos and remove and dispose of asbestos sheets for both interior and exterior walls and eaves. Give our friendly team a call on 0447 467 448 or fill out the form below to arrange a FREE onsite inspection & quote.
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Frequently Asked Questions – Asbestos Eaves & Walls
How Do I Know If My Walls Have Asbestos?
If your house was built before the 1990s and has wood frame studs, there is a high chance you have asbestos walls either externally or internally.
Are Asbestos Walls Dangerous?
Both these asbestos sheets were used for interior and exterior walls. Unless disturbed, asbestos walls do not generally pose a health risk. However, if you use anything abrasive such as sandpaper or power tools on the wall, this will release asbestos fibres into the air, posing a major health risk.
Always have asbestos testing performed on any wall you suspect to contain asbestos before disturbing the wall.
What are the Types of Asbestos Walls
- Asbestos Cement Sheets
- Asbestos Low-Density Boards (LDB)