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Everything You Should Know About Asbestos

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Picture Credit: Bernard Maurin

Picture Credit: Bernard Maurin

We’ve all heard of Asbestos – but what is it and how dangerous is it? These are all important questions, the answers of which you will find within this post.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is commonly known as the silent killer. It is made up of a number of fibres, of which there are some present in the air around us. It is only when numbers are increased that a risk is presented, as the amount of fibres you breathe in can be damaging to your health; in some situations even causing death.

What Asbestos Is Dangerous?

There are different types of asbestos, some of which are classified by colour; brown, blue and white. All asbestos is dangerous once the particles become unstable and begin to disintegrate. Breathing in asbestos particles can cause illnesses such as Lung Cancer, Asbestosis, Diffuse Pleural Thickening and Mesothelioma.

Where Am I Most Likely Going To Find Asbestos?

Asbestos was used in building construction from the early 1950’s to the late 70’s, so any buildings erected during this time are likely to have asbestos. Typically, asbestos was used in corrugated cement roofs, panels in the walls and ceilings, roof tiles and decorative coatings as well as near fire doors.

Who Can Test and Remove Asbestos?

While self-sampling can be carried out, we do not recommend it at all. Particles can be released through the process, which can be extremely hazardous to your health. As a potential hazard, it is of utmost importance not to attempt to undertake any asbestos removal yourself. We always recommend that sampling be carried out by a professional that has access to the protective materials that minimises the risk. A professional will also be able to have the sample analysed professionally, giving a more accurate result.

Safety is the top priority when undertaking any asbestos removal, which is why we hold a full asbestos removal license issued by the Health & Safety Executive. We also have 20 years experience, so know exactly what we are doing to ensure all asbestos is disposed of in a contained and controlled manner.

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