Removing an Asbestos Garage Roof Northern Ireland

Removing an Asbestos Garage Roof

Removing an asbestos garage roof in Northern Ireland. If you suspect your garage or shed has an asbestos roof, but are unsure? First check the construction of the roof, in most cases garages built before the year 2000 will have corrugated sheets (grey in colour) covering the roof.

Table of Contents

  1. Dangers Associated with Asbestos Removal
  2. Removing an Asbestos Garage Roof
  3. Asbestos Corrugated Roof Disposal
  4. Removing an Asbestos Garage Roof Locations

Corrugated roofing contains a mixture of cement and asbestos. The amount of asbestos in corrugated sheeting is usually about 10-15% asbestos. Below is an image of a typical corrugated roof, the sheets have channels that help with water removal.

Asbestos Corrugated Roof

Asbestos corrugated sheets

Dangers Associated with Asbestos Removal

Asbestos cement sheeting is extremely hard wearing and will last for decades, if you leave it alone it is perfectly safe. Asbestos only becomes dangerous when the fibres within the material (corrugated sheets) become airborne. This can easily happen when trying to remove an asbestos garage roof.

The material although hardwearing, is brittle and can break easily during removal releasing microscopic “fibrils” into the air. Asbestos inhalation can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

Asbestos Removal and Disposal Northern Ireland

Removing an Asbestos Garage Roof

I do not recommend removing an asbestos roof without professional guidance. You should always seek the services of an experienced asbestos removal company.

Corrugated asbestos roof removal step by step guide

You will need, PPE (personal protective equipment) in the form of, a respirator for asbestos, disposable overalls, eye protection and gloves. Do not use a cheap dust mask as a respirator, asbestos fibres are smaller than a human hair and not visible to the human eye. Either a JSP force 8 mask with P3 filters or a JSP force 10 full face mask are good options.

1) Ensure all windows are closed, children and pets are inside. There should be no one on site during the asbestos removal unless they are wearing PPE.

2) Using a garden sprayer mix 4 parts PVA glue to water and spray the corrugated sheets. This will limit the release of fibres as the mixture of glue and water coats the sheets in a sticky residue.

3) Do not step directly onto the roof as this will risk breaking the corrugated sheets. Use a roof ladder of scaffolding plank to spread your weight across the rafters. Depending how the corrugated sheets have been attached, (pan screws, flange screws, corrugated nails) will determine how they are removed.

Roofing screws can be removed using an impact driver from the outside. Nails will need to be removed from the inside using a multi tool with a metal blade.

4) After the fixings have been carefully removed, place the corrugated sheets into a pile at the side of the garage, ready for disposal. The aim is to remove the asbestos sheets intact with as little damage as possible.

Asbestos Corrugated Roof Disposal

Disposing of asbestos is a little more complicated than normal waste. Asbestos is classed as a hazardous waste and there are strict guidelines in place by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. All hazardous waste must be tracked, this is done by the use of consignment numbers and pre-notifications.

Each garage asbestos removal is assigned a unique consignment number. The number is added to the pre-notification form with the following details, your address, hazardous waste codes and approximate weight of the asbestos waste. The form is forwarded to the NIEA a minimum of 3 days prior to the removal and transportation of the asbestos.

All asbestos waste must be double wrapped in thick plastic before transportation. Hazardous labelling is required to identify the waste.

Asbestos Sheet Removal NI

Asbestos double wrapped in plastic

If you require the removal of asbestos garage roof, call Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email

Removing an Asbestos Garage Roof Locations

Antrim, Bangor, Belfast, Ballymena, Banbridge, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Donaghadee, Dundonald, Dunmurry, Downpatrick, Holywood, Hillsborough, Larne, Lurgan, Londonderry, Magherafelt, Newtownards, Newtownabbey, Newcastle, Newry

H Class Vacuum Cleaner For Asbestos Removal

H Class Vacuum Cleaner For Asbestos

H Class Vacuum cleaners, (dust extractors) are specifically designed to remove very fine dust particles. Type h vacuums are essential when removing asbestos materials. Fibres from asbestos range from 0.1 to 10 µm in length and are not visible by the human eye.

Asbestos materials, (ceiling tiles, insulation, cement, flooring, etc), may become dangerous when disturbed. Asbestos fibres in the air can put individuals at risk of exposure. It is vital that the correct PPE equipment and H Class extraction systems are used when removing asbestos.

Vacuum Cleaners Dust Ratings

All vacuum cleaners are rated based on their extraction systems and filters. L stands for coarse dust, most domestic vacuum cleaners have an L rating. For this reason you should never use a domestic vacuum cleaner to hoover up asbestos dust, (fibres).

Vacuum extractors with an M rating are mostly used by contractors, (painters, joiners, builders). M class vacuums are excellent at removing dust from metal, wood, concrete, and paint. I personally own a Mirka 1230 M Class Dust Extractor, that I use when sanding.

H class vacuums are designed for very fine dust particles, that if inhaled could result in mesothelioma, a type of cancer. These type of vacuums are used for carcinogenic substances, asbestos fibres, lead dust and mold spores. The HEPA air filters on an H class vacuum are more effective than the filters on L and M Class extractors and collect 99.99% of the dust passing through them.

H Class Vacuum For Asbestos Fibres

Asbestos fibre size in relation to a human hair

Did you know that asbestos is responsible for over 5000 deaths in the UK per year?

H Class Vacuum Hire

Where asbestos dust has already settled after removal, hiring an H Class Vacuum allows for the safe removal of the remaining asbestos fibres with causing harm to the user. Never use a brush or domestic vacuum cleaner in an attempt to remove the remaining particles of asbestos. Always wear an asbestos respirator at all times, even when operating the dust extractor.

H vacuums are often mandated by hseni (Health and Safety Executive Norther Ireland, for asbestos removal.

Asbestos Removal Northern Ireland

If you require asbestos removal and disposal, Call Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email Removerr is a licensed asbestos removal contractor covering Northern Ireland. Locations include: North Down, Belfast, Ballymena, Coleraine, Craigavon, Derry, Dungannon, Lisburn, Londonderry, Newry, and Omagh.

Please note pre-notifications must be submitted to the NIEA three days prior to any asbestos collection.

Related Article: Skips for Asbestos Removal

Disposing of Business Waste Northern Ireland

Disposing of Business Waste

Table of Contents

  1. What is Classed as Business Waste?
  2. Disposing of Business Waste
  3. Business Waste Management

Businesses regardless of size in Northern Ireland have rules and responsibilities in relation to disposing of business waste. All businesses produce waste in some form and it is essential that your business stays compliant and follows the guidelines set out by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency.

Unsure of your legal obligations, or whether you need a specialist waste contractor to manage your business waste. Contact Removerr on 07434 691 809 for professional advice.

What is Classed as Business Waste?

Waste that has been produced at your business, not your home is classed as business/commercial waste. Every business owner is responsible for organising regular business waste collections. Unfortunately commercial rates in Northern Ireland do not cover disposing of business waste.

Types of waste generated by business’s across Northern Ireland

  • Computers, electrical equipment, printers, monitors and small appliances
  • Used oils, kerosene, motor, cooking oil used in hospitality
  • Discarded unused paint, paint tins, paint thinners, masking products
  • Recyclable materials, such as paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminium tins
  • Office furniture, filing cabinets, desks, chairs, billboards, signs
  • All types of expired, damaged or discarded food waste and packaging
Business Waste Collection Belfast

Mixture of IT equipment, furniture and general waste

Disposing of Business Waste

All businesses in Northern Ireland are legally obligated to keep records of all waste transfers. This should include details of the company you are currently using for waste management. Any company who transports waste should be registered as a waste carrier with the NIEA.
Check if a company is licensed using the public register for waste carriers. Our details include, Company: Removerr, Registration no ROC UT 9390, Expiry date: 09/07/2025 Owner: Andrew Firth.

All waste that is being transported from your business should be accompanied with a WTN (waste transfer note). This is a record of the waste transfer, a WTN includes the waste companies details, date, time and type of waste. The document should include two signatures, one signature from your company and the other from the company handling your waste.

Businesses are prohibited from using recycling centres. Contracted waste management companies will transport your business waste to dedicated waste transfer stations across Northern Ireland. The waste is weighed and categorised (mixed waste, recyclable, landfill) then off loaded, and charged accordingly.

Prosecution penalties for illegally dumping waste in Northern Ireland include, fixed penalties, confiscations orders, or up to six months in prison.

Business Waste Management

Do you need to hire a waste management company? In theory NO, you could handle all of your business waste yourself, if. 1) You have a valid waste carrier license, 2) Public liability insurance 3) Waste transfer stations are not intended for the general public, to enter the facility you must first pass an online safety assessment. 4) You will need a suitable vehicle, cars are not permitted 5) PPE, steel toe capped boots, reflective jacket and a hard hat are required at all times.

Never been to a waste transfer station? they are intimidating places to visit. You can either appoint a waste contractor to dispose of your business waste, or handle the waste yourself.

It is vital that you keep records of your business waste disposal.

Waste Collection Locations

Do you require small business waste collection? Contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email Popular locations include: Bangor, Newtownards, Dundonald, Holywood, Belfast, Hillsborough, Lisburn, Newtownabbey.

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Leaking Oil Tank Northern Ireland

Leaking Oil Tank

What should you do if you discover a leaking oil tank on your property? Don’t panic, even the worst oil spills can be rectified. Unfortunately single skin oil tanks that are over 10 years old are prone to leaking. Did you know that there are approximately 3000 oil spills each year in the UK.

How to deal with a leaking oil tank, follow the step by step guide below.

Table of Contents

  1. Isolate the Supply of Oil
  2. Stop or Slow the Oil Leak
  3. Draining The Oil Tank
  4. Oil Spill Cleanup
  5. Leaking Oil Tank Tips
  6. Oil Spill Response Locations

Isolate the Supply of Oil

The first thing to do if your oil tank is leaking is to switch off your boiler and using the isolate valve at the bottom of the oil tank, turn off the oil. If oil is leaking from a damaged fuel line, by isolating the flow of oil from the tank to the boiler will stop the leak. If there’s a strong smell of oil in your home, ventilate the area by opening windows. Keep pets and children away from the oil spill.

Oil Tank Isolation Valve

Oil tank isolation valve

Stop or Slow the Oil Leak

In most cases the oil leak will be coming from a split/hole in the plastic/metal oil tank. Using a torch thoroughly inspect the oil tank for leaks. There will normally be a very strong smell of oil close by the source of the leak. If you can see where the oil is escaping from, use a bar of soap to rub over the crack/hole, this will temporally stop the flow of oil.

Avoid using, silicone, glue or tape, none of these will work to stop the leak. If you are unable to see where the tank is leaking from or the leak is inaccessible, then the next course of action is seek professional help.

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Draining The Oil Tank

Once the oil tank has been identified as damaged, the heating oil must be pumped from the damaged oil tank into a holding tank. Transferring heating oil from one tank to another is achieved using a fuel transfer pump which can move oil at a rate of 40 litre per minute. After the oil has been transferred into the holding tank, no further environmental damage can occur.

Heating Oil Transfer Northern Ireland

Heating oil transfer with 12v pump

Related: How Do You Remove Heating Oil From A Tank

Oil Spill Cleanup

Depending on amount of oil that has escaped from the tank will determine the extent of the damage. Try to work out how much oil has been lost. Never attempt to wash the oil away, as this will only spread the area of contamination. Unfortunately when the ground has been affected by an oil spill, (kerosene) in most cases the affected area must be excavated to remove the contaminated soil.

Leaking Oil Tank Northern Ireland

Oil spill colouration on hard surfaces

Check your home insurance policy to see if you’re covered for cleaning up an oil leak or spill. Pollution and contamination incidents can sometimes be excluded or have financial limits and restrictions.

Your insurance provider may appoint a specialist oil spill contractor to survey the extent of the damage. Removerr has partnered with several companies across Northern Ireland offering a complete solution to oil tank removal and oil spill remediation.

Leaking Oil Tank Tips

  1. A strong smell of oil can be the first indicator of an oil leak
  2. Contact your insurance company immediately in the event of an expected leaking oil tank
  3. Oil tanks older than 10 years should be replaced or inspected yearly
  4. If you suspect your oil tank needs replaced, fill to a max of 50% full, until a new tank is fitted
  5. Sand and cat litter have excellent absorbent properties and can help to limit the spread of oil from an oil spill
  6. Oil tanks and there contents are classed as hazardous waste

Oil Spill Response Locations

Antrim, Bangor, Belfast, Ballymena, Banbridge, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Donaghadee, Dundonald, Dunmurry, Downpatrick, Holywood, Hillsborough, Larne, Lurgan, Londonderry, Magherafelt, Newtownards, Newtownabbey, Newcastle, Newry. Contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email

Skips for Asbestos Northern Ireland

Skips For Asbestos

If you’re searching for skips for asbestos disposal, you’re in the right place. Asbestos has plagued homeowners for decades, a silent killer. Here at Removerr we have partnered with several hazardous waste companies across Northern Ireland to provide a complete solution to removing and disposing of asbestos materials.

Skip Hire For Asbestos

The process of disposing asbestos is relatively simple once it has been removed from the structure. Before the asbestos can be transported from your property it must be double wrapped in thick plastic. It is then transferred to an asbestos recycling waste facility.

For small amounts of asbestos the most affordable solution is to wrap the asbestos in plastic, then contact an independent asbestos contractor for disposal. What do I mean by a small amount? asbestos corrugated sheeting, pipe lagging, floor tiles, soil pipes.

As a general rule, any amount of asbestos weighing less than 250kg would be considered a small amount. Disposing of asbestos is expensive, hiring an asbestos skip would not be a cost effective method for disposing of small amounts.

Large amounts of asbestos, anything over several hundred kilograms, hiring an asbestos skip is the fastest, safest and cheapest option. Individually wrapping manageable bundles of asbestos in plastic is time consuming, costly and labour intensive. Hiring a large 10 tonne skip with a plastic liner is the simplest solution, depending on your circumstances.

Skips for Asbestos Belfast

Asbestos skip with plastic liner

Asbestos Removal & Disposal Contractor 07434 691 809

Licensed Asbestos Removal

The main advantage of having an asbestos skip on site is the convenience. Once the skip is in location it’s a simple matter of removing the asbestos and placing it directly into the skip. Another advantage is the size of the skip, large sections or complete corrugated sheets can be placed into the skip in one piece, minimising exposure to deadly asbestos fibres.

Once all the asbestos has been removed and placed into the skip. The last stage is to fold the plastic liner in from each corner covering the asbestos, then throughly tape to seal. Contact your asbestos skip contractor for collection.

Removerr is a licensed asbestos removal contractor covering Northern Ireland, popular locations include: North Down, Belfast, Lisburn, Newry, Londonderry. Contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email