Is asbestos present within my home?

A wide range of materials that contain asbestos can be found within a house as asbestos was a durable, inexpensive and fire-resistant building material. Between the 1960s-1980s it was an industry-wide product used within the construction sector including building materials, insulation, roofing and plumbing, among many other uses. This has left many asking the question, how do I know if asbestos is in my home?

Asbestos was banned for us in the UK from 1999 so if your home was built before this date, you potentially live in a property that has a probability of asbestos being present somewhere.  This can also be said of buildings within the commercial and industrial sector where is asbestos is still widespread. When it comes to any renovation, extension, or demolition of buildings that pre-date 1999 in construction, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with asbestos and to employ a specialist in asbestos removal in South Manchester.

Any refurbishment or demolition completed on these older buildings could lead to asbestos exposure and potentially expensive clean-up.  Having an asbestos survey completed prior to any work starting is therefore extremely important.

Design

Older buildings have a good chance of asbestos being present within areas that the average person would not necessarily consider.

Loft insulation, fire-proofing to the roof structure and boiler flue pipes were made from asbestos-containing materials from as far back as the 1920s, up until the 1980s, and is among the most common areas to be found when asbestos testing within a home. Unknown to a wide variety of people is that asbestos is contained within many textured coatings that were applied up until the 1990s, as well as some wall boarding and within old boiler cupboards.

For many years corrugated roof panels, roof tiles and even ceiling tiles were made using asbestos, as well as felt products and vinyl flooring within both the home and in commercial and educational buildings. The list of potential asbestos locations goes on and on which is why a professional asbestos surveying service is needed to complete the relevant site survey.

Installations

Many areas of the home could contain asbestos as noted so it is worth having asbestos testing to determine if these fire-resistant materials contain any asbestos.

With asbestos potentially being present in many insulation materials, you may also be faced with the prospect of your old heating system, which could have been within the building for many years also having asbestos being present.

You need to note that the building’s cement pipes, gas and sewage will potentially contain the material. This area is considered a prime risk with the deterioration of pipes over time and the potential of asbestos to become damaged and exposed.

Now that you know where some of your risk may be located, it is important not to handle asbestos yourself. Call on professionals in asbestos services to undergo the safe testing and removal of dangerous materials within your home and/or business. Or, if you’re still unsure and asking yourself, “how do I know if asbestos is in my home?”.

Contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today.

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