Totnes Asbestos Removal Services
Asbestos Management & Disposal in Totnes
Why Remove Asbestos?
Asbestos was commonly used in older buildings. It’s derived from silicate rocks which have been crushed. This produces very fine fibres which have been connected to mesothelioma cancers, in addition to lung cancer, pleural plaque and asbestosis. All these conditions are dangerous. So, asbestos is now being removed from buildings.
Waste King are here to help with all your asbestos removal needs.
There are three main types of asbestos found in premises:
Blue Asbestos (Crocidolite)
Brown Asbestos (Amosite)
White Asbestos (Chrysotile)
Asbestos removal in Totnes
Asbestos removal procedures
Once the presence of asbestos has been confirmed on your site in Totnes, Waste King’s fully trained asbestos removal specialists can provide you with a comprehensive removal, treatment and disposal service.
As all our asbestos removal contractors in Totnes are individually licensed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). So, all they do is in accordance with the HSE’s regulations and guidance notes.
The disposal of all the asbestos that Waste King handles is carried out in accordance with the Special Waste Regulations 1996.
Each job is given its own programme of works. This includes a detailed site-specific Method Statement, which outlines the works to be carried out as well as documenting all risk factors.
Typically, the part of the building from which asbestos is being removed must be sealed off, in order to prevent contaminating other areas. Methods of sealing off an area often include the use of polythene film, duct tape, and/or negative air pressure machines which are fitted with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters.
Only a special vacuum cleaner that’s designed for asbestos containment (class H) can be safely used when cleaning up during and after asbestos removal. Ordinary vacuum cleaners can’t be used – even those fitted with a HEPA filter – because they will expel the asbestos fibres into the room air.Contact Us
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Your local asbestos clearance company
If you need help removing asbestos from a commercial property or domestic building in Totnes, Waste King Asbestos can help.
We offer services which include asbestos removal from all buildings being refurbished or demolished that require a survey before necessary asbestos treatment work can begin.
Safely and securely, Waste King can remove and dispose of:
Asbestos Insulation Boards
Asbestos Floor Tiles
Asbestos Bath Panels & Toilet Cisterns
Asbestos Garages, Sheds & Outbuildings
Corrugated Asbestos Sheet Roofing
Asbestos Soffits, Downpipes & Guttering
Asbestos Concrete Boards
Asbestos Concrete Water Tanks
Asbestos Cement Cladding
Asbestos Spray Coatings
Asbestos Flue Pipes & Ducts
Textured Asbestos Wall Coatings (Artex, Wallpaper & Textured Paint)
Asbestos Fire Doors
Asbestos Containing Roof Felts
Asbestos Window Sills
Asbestos Sprayed Coatings
Asbestos Fuse Boards & Gas Meter enclosures
Asbestos Pipe Lagging
Asbestos Wall Cladding
Asbestos removal procedures in Totnes
Stages of asbestos clearance
Stage 1:Preliminary check of site condition and job completeness
Stage 2:Thorough visual inspection
Stage 3:Clearance air monitoring
Stage 4:Final assessment post enclosure / work area
When removing asbestos:
Waste King will seal off the area with an airtight enclosure. This is a temporary structure built with metal frames and heavy-duty polythene. The enclosure has three chambers to create a controlled measure sealed air-lock. This structure stops asbestos fibres spreading through the air to other areas.
We then put the enclosure under negative pressure using an air extraction machine fitted with a HEPA filter. This creates negative pressure to remove harmful ambient asbestos fibres from the air.
Our operatives will then revise the risk and method statements for the site when they arrive, to ensure works go to plan.
All operatives wear personal protective equipment (PPE) which comprises overalls, respiratory masks, gloves and hard-wearing boots.
Operatives enter the enclosure through each of the three entrance chambers individually – ensuring no air escapes.
Asbestos may be discovered in a fair condition and unlikely to be damaged. So, rather than removing it you may decide to seal and encapsulate the asbestos to make it safe.
Deciding between asbestos removal and encapsulation can be challenging. So, our experts are always happy to advise you on the most appropriate and effective solution to your asbestos issue.
What’s Asbestos Encapsulation?
Asbestos Encapsulation involves applying specialist coatings to the Asbestos Containing Materials. This protects them from any further age degradation, cracking, flaking or impact damage. It also seals over any exposed edges that could release asbestos fibres into the air.
However, since the asbestos is left in place, its condition must be regularly monitored for safety.
The benefits of asbestos encapsulation are:
It involves minimal disturbance to the asbestos – thus minimising risk.
No asbestos removal or disposal is involved – lowering cost.
Asbestos encapsulation is quick to apply – resulting in minimal disturbance to the property’s occupants.
It makes the environment safe by removing the danger of harmful asbestos fibres in the air.
It’s easier than asbestos removal in hard-to-access areas.
Asbestos Removel in Totnes FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Often in fire doors or floor joists. Do not disturb this asbestos as it will go airborne.
Asbestos cement products.
Asbestos cement is often used for shed roofs or garages. White in colour and corrugated sheets
Thermoplastic Floor tiles
Floor tiles that do not match the blue, brown, or white colour can have asbestos backing.
Asbestos is a natural fibrous rock and is categorised into three different types.
• Crocidolite (blue Asbestos)
• Amosite (brown colour)
• Chrysotile (white Asbestos)
There are less common fibrous types and these are:
When asbestos is not disturbed, you have a minimal health risk. Although if asbestos is disturbed or damaged, the asbestos releases airborne fibrous that can kill.
In majority of building built before year 2000.
You will need to hire an asbestos-trained company to dispose of the asbestos. Visit www.tradewaste.co for asbestos removal. All drivers must be ADR trained for fibrous, and our teams have this skill.
If you come into contact with asbestos regularly, you must have asbestos awareness training. The employer must arrange this for you, and it is the or legal responsibility to ensure you have the correct training. A certificate will be provided once you have completed the training.
It’s always best to have a professional asbestos survey to identify what type of asbestos it is. If the asbestos is disturbed or damaged, the best option will be to have it removed by a licensed removal contractor.
Yes, we can remove as little as 5kg, and we can even wrap this for you or supply the materials to wrap asbestos yourself securely.
How do you remove asbestos?
Once the asbestos is dismantled, we can securely wrap the asbestos for you or supply materials to wrap the asbestos yourself.
Yes, we supply most sizes, and the skip must be lockable
Yes, once the asbestos is dismantled, we can collect it via a trained driver.
We are licensed to store asbestos in a secure lockable large-skip onsite. We then transport the asbestos to a registered asbestos transfer site.
If you are the landlord of a commercial building built before 2000, you must have an asbestos register in place. If you are a homeowner, you do not have a legal duty to manage asbestos.