Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Removal

The Breakthrough Group availability to perform a site inspection to quote at short notice was great.  Breakthrough was easy to deal with throughout the job with a high standard of knowledge in asbestos removal.  Communication was good and quotes delivered in a timely manner....

Jeff - Qld Nickel

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is the generic term for a number of fibrous silicate minerals. Products made from asbestos cement - a bonded asbestos material - include fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated) as well as water, drainage and flue pipes, roofing shingles and guttering.

Asbestos is a type of building material used in the building industry between the 1940s and late 1980s.

Before the health risks were known, asbestos products were widely used because they were durable, fire resistant and had good insulation properties.

The manufacture and use of asbestos products was banned nationally from 31 December 2003. This ban applies to manufacture, supply, storage, sale, use, reuse, installation and replacement of asbestos, except in special circumstances (e.g. removal and disposal of asbestos, bona fide research, etc.).

 

Asbestos properties

Asbestos has many properties that once made it attractive to industry:

  • stability when heated
  • strength under tension
  • chemical resistance
  • water resistance or absorbency (depending on type of asbestos)
  • suitability for weaving and reinforcing
  • electrical resistance