Stolk Building and Asbestos Removal

Committed To Superior Quality & Results

Who We Are

Wollongong Asbestos Removal

Do you have a problem with asbestos? Are you considering demolishing or remodelling a property built before the mid-1980s? Perhaps you just need building services you can rely on? No matter the situation, Stolk Building is here to lend a helping hand.

We are a locally owned and operated family business with a commitment to excellent craftsmanship and friendly customer service. Our team of fully trained, highly skilled professionals will work hard to get all jobs done to your satisfaction, on time and on budget. Look no further for asbestos removal Wollongong.

What We Offer

Services

For more than two decades, we’ve been helping clients in the Illawarra, including Wollongong, Dapto, Albion Park, Shellharbour, Nowra and Woonona, with all their building needs.

Our team of experts always puts the customer first. We take pride in providing great results, with fast turnaround times and friendly service. We can also offer free quotes, onsite inspections and after-hours services where necessary.

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Why Choose Us

Safety

We offer a complete, safe and professional service, and will make sure you’re well taken care of every step of the way.

Professional Team

From free quotes and onsite inspections through to safely disposing of asbestos at our specialist yard, we get the job done right

Residential, Commercial and Industrial Property

Our team of asbestos specialists will do everything we can to identify, remove and dispose of all asbestos quickly, safely and effectively

Fully Licensed and Insured Builders

We are specialists in re-roofing and Colorbond steelwork, but we can help with everything from kitchen and bathroom renovations to external cladding, extensions, renovations, and basically all types of building works

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say?

Great Services, amazing work and very competitive quotes. Very happy with my job therefore I highly recommend them!

Ian S

Stolk Building and Asbestos Removal was very professional, on time and friendly. He did a great job!

Samuel L

Can't recommend Stolk Building and Asbestos Removal highly enough. Prompt service, came when he said he would, and did a great job. Very happy with them, and will definitely call them first if we have issues in the future.

Chris

General Questions

Asbestos in your house ?
What you need to know?

In Australia, it is estimated that over 60% of all production and 90% of all consumption of asbestos fibre occurred in the asbestos cement manufacturing industry with many of these building materials still in use today.

These materials were cheap, durable and were used extensively in the building industry. After World War II until 1954, in New South Wales alone, 70,000 houses were built using asbestos cement (52% of all houses built).Up till the 1960s, 25% of all new housing was clad in asbestos cement in Australia. In Victoria, it is estimated that 98% of homes constructed before 1976 contained asbestos products (most likely asbestos sheeting) and that 20% of all domestic roofs of that period contained asbestos.

Asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials since the 1980s but it was not until 31 December, 2003 that asbestos and all products containing asbestos were banned throughout Australia. It is illegal to import, store, supply, sell, install, use or re-use these materials. The ban does not apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (e.g. asbestos in houses).

It is therefore held that if your home was built or renovated before 1990, it is likely that it contains some form of asbestos building product – most likely asbestos cement sheeting.

It is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it. As a general rule, certain building materials installed before the late 1980s may contain asbestos. However, the only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analysed by a laboratory.

The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for an analytical laboratory in your area that is accredited to identify asbestos. Stolk Building & Asbestos Removal offers this service at an Affordable Fee. Call us on 0403 172 146 / 02 4203 2977 or Mail us at csbuilder@msn.com

Confirmation should be carried out before any general maintenance, renovation or demolition activities proceed.

If you do not want to go to the expense of testing to determine if asbestos is present, then the material should be treated as though it contains asbestos.

No. Since 31 December, 2003, asbestos and all products containing asbestos have been banned throughout Australia. It is illegal to import, store, supply, sell, install, use or re-use these materials. The ban does not apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (e.g. asbestos in houses).

Asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials since the 1980's. Cellulose fibres are now used instead of asbestos in building materials and non-asbestos fibres, such as glass, are now used in insulation products. However, manufacturers warn that other health effects, such as skin and throat irritation, can still result from the inhalation of dust created when cutting these fibrous building products.

There are two types of materials that were used in housing construction that contain asbestos:

  • Bonded (tightly-bound) asbestos or non-friable asbestos
  • Loosely-bound asbestos or friable asbestos

 

Bonded (tightly-bound) asbestos

Bonded asbestos materials contain a percentage of asbestos fibres embedded in a hardened cement matrix and are the most common asbestos materials used in residential housing. These materials are commonly called ‘fibro’, ‘asbestos cement’ or ‘AC sheeting’ and can contain 10-15% of asbestos but this figure can sometimes reach up to 40%. [6] Today, cellulose fibres have replaced asbestos in fibre cement products.

Bonded asbestos materials are considered to be less of a risk in comparison to loosely-bound asbestos and can be handled more easily, however if the firmly-bound materials are degrading, becoming loose or falling apart, they need to be handled with extra care to prevent dust-containing asbestos fibres.

Another example of firmly-bound asbestos materials that is most commonly found in commercial, industrial and residential properties is insulating boards used for fire protection, heat and sound insulation and they are generally found in circuit boards, electrical panels, ceiling tiles, wall linings and partitions with an asbestos content of approximately 20-45%.

 

Loosely-bound asbestos

Loosely-bound asbestos materials are not commonly found in residential properties and were primarily used in commercial and industrial settings for fire proofing, sound proofing and insulation. In most cases, glass fibres have replaced asbestos in today’s insulation products.

However, in some residential settings the loose form of asbestos fibres may be found in old domestic heaters, stoves, and hot water systems and associated hot water pipe lagging along with ceiling insulation products and in the backing of vinyl and linoleum floor coverings. This form of asbestos material can contain up to 100% asbestos and is very loose – turning to dust with light pressure.

This material is considered highly dangerous as fibres become easily airborne and should only ever be handled and removed by a licensed asbestos removalist.

It is hard to identify asbestos products in the home just by looking at them. Below is a diagram and a table that show the potential locations of asbestos products in the home if your home was built or renovated before 1990.

 

Places you might find asbestos products in your home

 

 

Location

Materials

Bathroom, toilet and laundryAsbestos cement sheeting used in walls, ceilings and floors
 Hot water pipes set into masonry walls
 Lagging on hot water pipes
Living areasInsulation in wood heaters
 Asbestos cement sheeting beneath heater hearths
KitchenVinyl floor tiles
 Backing to cushion vinyl flooring
 Hot water pipes set into masonry walls
ExteriorFlat, patterned and corrugated wall and roof sheeting
 Imitation brick cladding
 Lining under eaves
BackyardGarden sheds
 Garages and carports
 Dog kennels
VehiclesBrake linings
 Clutch linings
 Adhesive products
Commercial or industrial buildingsCoating sprayed on beams for fireproofing
 Wrap on pipes and boilers
 Sheeting in roofs and walls
OtherElectrical meter boards
 Ironing board covers
 Heatproof mats
 

 

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