Asbestos is a mineral which occurs naturally in rock. Between 1942–1984 asbestos was mined in huge quantities. Added to cement and water, it was pressed into over 3000 different products. Many feature in the homes and garages of New Zealand residences.

All unsealed asbestos deteriorates. This results in the release of fibres. Asbestos fibers are tiny and float in the air which you can inhale. Inhalation of small amounts of asbestos cement dust can cause serious health problems. Once in the lungs, they stick to the inner linings and accumulate over a period of time. This causes several diseases that can eventually affect breathing and can also cause other major health problems.

The most important thing you need to know is that asbestos is dangerous. Asbestos is no longer the highly valued material it used to be. Instead, it has become a highly sensitive subject.

If you know or suspect that you have asbestos in your property, talk to a certified, asbestos removal expert at SCAR Ltd today!

Sample List of Suspect Asbestos – Containing Materials

Note: The following list does not include every product/material that may contain asbestos. It is intended as a general guide to show which types of materials may contain asbestos.

  • Cement Pipes
  • Elevator Brake Shoes
  • Cement Wallboard
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Cement Siding
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Asphalt Floor Tile
  • Breaching Insulation
  • Vinyl Floor Tile
  • Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections
  • Vinyl Sheet Flooring
  • Cooling Towers
  • Flooring Backing
  • Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
  • Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.)
  • Heating and Electrical Ducts
  • Acoustical Plaster
  • Electrical Panel Partitions
  • Decorative Plaster
  • Electrical Cloth
Textured Paints/Coatings
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels
  • Chalkboards
  • Spray-Applied Insulation
  • Roofing 
Blown-in Insulation
Roofing Felt
  • Fire Safe Door

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