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Focus Asbestos Removal Services

In 1996, Preparation Contractors was established to service the coating, waterproofing and roof cleaning industries, with a view to providing a sound preparation of all types of surfaces in the...

Cape Asbestos Removals

Services ✔ asbestos removal ✔ asbestos ✔ cleaning materials

AAA Surface Blasting & Demolition

Services ✔ demolition contractors ✔ asbestos ✔ demolitions


Asbestos removal is regarded as one of the highest risk associated activities in the Industry. We are Certified Asbestos Removal Contractors with the South African Dept. of Labour, and comply...

Asbestos Management Services

The company was formed to assist with all aspects pertaining to asbestos, this includes: removal, maintenance, management, inspection and regulation. We offer a complete and professional service in the private,...

Asbestos Assessment Services

Services ✔ asbestos removal ✔ demolitions ✔ household items

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How can an asbestos specialist help me?

It has been a well known fact for many years that asbestos exposure over long periods causes severe damage to the lungs. Existing asbestos, mainly in old roofs, which is not damaged or disturbed is considered a static danger. If asbestos is disturbed, damaged or moved, it gives off a very fine dust containing asbestos fibres which are extremely damaging to the lungs if inhaled over an extended period of time. Asbestos specialists safely remove and replace materials such as old roofing structures which contain asbestos.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals composed of thin, needle-like fibres. Raw asbestos is made by crushing the ore to separate out the other minerals in it, and then processing it until it has a soft, wooly consistency. Pure asbestos can be made into felt, cloth, paper and rope. The fibres can be mixed into cement, drywall compounds, plastics, paints, sealants and adhesives to assist in insulation, waterproofing and provides and fire-proofing qualities. However, it should be noted that ALL asbestos use, manufacture and processing has been banned in South Africa since 2008. South Africa’s last asbestos mine closed in 2002, and asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials since the 1980s.

Asbestos seriously endangers health

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), “ … there is sufficient evidence that asbestos causes mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen), and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary (8). Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure.” When a person breathes in high levels of asbestos over many years, the asbestos fibres lodge deep in the lung tissues, causing aggravation and scarring, and resulting in a disease called asbestosis, which is a serious, chronic, non-cancerous respiratory disease. This disease causes shortness of breath, and a dry-crackling sound when inhaling and may, in severe cases, prove fatal. Asbestos inhalation over long periods may cause cancer of the lungs, and looks similar to cancers caused by smoking and other causes. In some cases, the pleura (the lining of the lung) may thicken and swell over time, squeezing the lung and causing shortness of breath.

Removal of asbestos from your home and workplace 

It is clear that removing asbestos from your home or workplace is a dangerous and skilled procedure, and should only be carried out by professionals who have taken the appropriate measures to protect their health during the process. Due to the identified dangers of using asbestos, this material is no longer used in building works, but may still be present in some of the materials used on the roofs in older residential, commercial and industrial buildings. For the sake of safety and health, it is highly advisable to remove these roofs and replace them with alternative health-friendly options. Asbestos removal specialists ensure that their employees use appropriate safety equipment and clothing when working with this material. This involves full body and hand protective clothing, as well as face masks which prevent asbestos dust from being inhaled. Appropriate signage may also be displayed to warn of the dangers present whilst removing old asbestos materials. In instances where asbestos cannot be removed due to structural limitations, a special waterborne functional coating may be applied to encapsulate and seal the asbestos and make it conform to safety regulations.

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Many roofing contractors are certified to safely remove old roofs containing asbestos, and these are the only specialists you should employ in this work. Roofing specialists can be found quite easily, through advertisements in home magazines, home catalogues, newspapers and the Yellow Pages, or through flyers. You can also make enquiries for these specialists through building companies and architects. Searching the internet is one of the quickest ways of finding the right specialist, especially if you use a site such as Uptasker, which will provide the names, contact details, links to websites (if available), online rating and customer reviews of the roofing contractors who are certified in asbestos-removal in your geographical area. From this site, you can click directly to their websites or request quotes for comparison. Many contractors will have their own online catalogues, from which you can check their range of services and read customer testimonials. Whilst word of mouth referrals are always the best option, these are not always available since many people live in modern houses and work in modern environments where asbestos is not present.

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Top asbestos specialists tips

It has been clearly demonstrated that asbestos is a dangerous health risk, which is why it is no longer used in building materials, and is removed wherever possible. This should never be attempted by unqualified, inexperienced contractors or persons who are not aware of the dangers that this material poses when handled. Be sure to choose the right specialist when removing asbestos, and ensure the health of everyone involved. For more tips, see our asbestos specialist articles.

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Lapa LA Afrika Farming

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Coastline Asbes Removal & Demolition

Services ✔ asbestos removal ✔ chromadek ✔ fascia boards ✔ industrial ✔ steel gutters ✔ gutter coil ✔ copper gutters ✔ extruded gutters


Asbestos removal and asbestos repair needs to be carried out in accordance with the Department of Labour’s Requirements for Safety Asbestos Handling. Wilcote is certified to repair, remove and restore...

Drizit Environmental

As Department of Labour approved Asbestos Removal Contractors, Drizit Environmental offers a responsible and legally compliant Asbestos removal service. All staff are trained and experienced, and detailed work plans and...

Asbestos Removal And Roofing

Asbestos Removal and Roofing is a Cape Town based company specialising in the safe and effective removal and disposal of all friable and bonded asbestos. We are also a full-service...

Mzimkhwane Construction Asbestos Removalist


WP Asbestos CC

Services ✔ roofing contractors ✔ asbestos removal

Omni Projects

Welcome to Omni Projects. Our projects range from high-rise structures to residential and industrial demolition, and our works often take place in areas where sensitivity to the surrounding environment is...

Empire Demolishers

Welcome to Empire Demolishers ! Empire Demolishers is one of the foremost specialist demolition and plant hire companies based in Durban, founded in 1951 by Mr Fazil Mohammed. It has...

IK Asbestos Removal

IK Asbestos Removal (Pty) Ltd specializes in the removal, handling and dumping of any ACM (Asbestos Containing Material), following the strict guidelines and regulations as set out in the DoL...

Wilcote Waterproofing & Roofing Cape Town

Asbestos removal and asbestos repair needs to be carried out in accordance with the Department of Labour’s Requirements for Safety Asbestos Handling. Wilcote is certified to repair, remove and restore...

Mine Support Products

Services ✔ mines - asbestos ✔ support system ✔ underground