Recent storm events on the east coast of NSW have highlighted the danger asbestos building materials can pose when they are disturbed.
Asbestos Roof Solutions specialises in the encapsulation of asbestos roofs and these recent storm events highlight the danger to the community of asbestos in the environment.
Asbestos Roof Solutions know from experience that weathered asbestos roofs pose a danger to the community because they can secrete asbestos fibres into the atmosphere.
As an example of the hidden danger, Asbestos Roof Solutions recently assisted at a major manufacturing site in Western Sydney.
A recent pea size hail storm at the facility blocked the gutters and downpipes causing rainwater to overflow into the inside of the building.
This resulted in loose asbestos fibres being washed into the facility, which was severely contaminated. The cost for the internal decontamination was a six-figure sum, this included a complete operation shutdown for two weeks.
See below, the accompanying photo of a cleaned gutter after a windy day, showing asbestos fibres in the gutter.
Note, the loose asbestos fibres which have moved from the roof surface into the gutter.
As a viable alternative to full roof removal and replacement, asbestos roof encapsulation can prevent the above catastrophes by locking the asbestos fibres in situ as well as numerous other benefits.