Asbestos is highly dangerous for properties, as well as, the occupants of the building or property. Also, asbestos exposure is much more common than you would think. Even if you are exercising precautions, asbestos exposure might occur.
You might be wondering why asbestos was used in the first place if the material is so hazardous. The reason is asbestos is a material that is resistant to fire and heat, and it is a highly durable and flexible material. This is why it was widely used in construction in the UK.
Asbestos can be found in residential, commercial and industrial properties. It is not always easy to identify asbestos, but it could be found in fireplaces, walls, sheeting, insulation, pipes, floor tiles, boilers, pipe cement and ceiling tiles. Since asbestos can be found practically throughout the property, it would be wise to call asbestos surveyors to survey and test your property so that you can have peace of mind and remain safe.
Why do you require asbestos testing?
Asbestos testing is necessary because the material causes severe damages to human health and also buildings. When disturbed, asbestos fibres can enter your body easily through breathing. The fibres will get trapped in your body and can spread to your lungs causing breathing problems and other serious health problems, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Signs that your property might be contaminated with asbestos
Your property was built before the year 2000In 1985, the two most dangerous types of asbestos, amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos), were banned. By 1999, all six types of asbestos were completely banned in the UK. However, if your property or structure was built before 2000, it is highly likely that it contains asbestos.
If you are planning to renovate your property or demolish it, you need to hire professional asbestos survey services to determine whether your property has asbestos-containing materials. In case it does, you need to call asbestos removal specialists and eliminate all traces of asbestos before commencing refurbishment or demolition work.
· You are considering renovation, construction or demolition work on your property
Whether you are thinking of refurbishing your commercial or domestic property, or tear it to the ground, any type of construction or demolition work can potentially release asbestos fibres into the air. Before starting work on your property, an asbestos survey and testing should be conducted. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Asbestos does not necessarily pose health risks when it is left untouched, but if the asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, they can cause health problems for the occupants of the property, the visitors, workers and everyone living around the property.
However, minor changes might not require asbestos testing, but large-scale renovations or demolition work surely requires an asbestos refurbishment/demolition survey or asbestos management survey.
· Materials in your property are decaying
Asbestos does not only cause health issues, but it can also create problems for your property by decaying materials like, ducts or pipes. Your ceiling, walls and flooring should typically
remain intact, but smaller items might start to decay. If you notice problems with pipes or other materials within the main structure of your property, it might be due to asbestos. In this case, asbestos removal needs to be done quickly.
Do not hesitate to call us if you notice the aforementioned signs.