Here is a simple fact about how to remove asbestos: the only way to be sure is to run tests.
From Arca to 1stchoice to us, any asbestos removal contractor that's worth his fee will tell you that fact. In some cases, you don't need to do testing because the asbestos cement sheeting is visible – it might even be intact. In other cases, a visual inspection is less likely to yield results.
Fibro sheeting is among the products that are most likely to contain asbestos. This sheeting or cladding is still in use today and has been since the 1950s. However, the recent ones no longer use asbestos.
If you have a home from before the 1980s, however, it is to your benefit to get it tested. You may need professionals to come in with asbestos bags.
Fibro cladding became popular because it was cheap and durable. The flat sheeting was often nailed to wooden frame structures, asbestos and all.
In homes, it is found in the lining of backrooms and toilets most often. Game rooms or areas that require insulation may also have asbestos cladding or asbestos cement sheeting behind the walls.
In cases where the asbestos cement sheeting is still intact, the removal is more straightforward. When the sheeting has fragmented, it is time to bring out the asbestos bags and specialised vacuum cleaners, because the fibres have already spread.
Most asbestos cladding uses fasteners to cover the connections between sheets. The nails used are special and lack points, which make them readily identifiable if extracted.