The main types of asbestos and where they could be located

The term ‘asbestos’ is the group label for highly toxic materials that were heavily utilised in the construction industry in the last century before being banned from use in 1999. On renovation or demolition projects, there are many risks from disturbing asbestos, with some forms of the material being more harmful than others. Therefore, it is the job of professional asbestos services to test, remove and dispose of these materials in a safe and controlled manner. So what are the main types of asbestos?

Three main types of asbestos

Although they are no longer in use within construction, many buildings can still have undisturbed asbestos within walls, ceilings, flooring tiles or fixtures if fitted before the turn of the century. If you’re undertaking any changes to the home and decide to knock down walls or extending certain areas, a professional should be contacted to undertake asbestos testing before the job is performed.

Within your home may be numerous products that were made using the three main types of asbestos that were in common use in the twentieth century.

Chrysotile, known as white asbestos, was the most utilised material in floor tiles, roofing materials and cement, where the fibres are very fine and highly flexible, as well as heat resistant.

Amosite, known mostly as brown asbestos, is a heat resistant material used in cement sheets, plumbing and electrical insulation. Amosite is labelled with the reputation of high cancer risk within the asbestos group.

There is also Crocidolite, the blue asbestos. This form of asbestos is very thin fibres that lodge within the lungs when inhaled. Being a brittle fibre, they are one of the most harmful forms of asbestos you can come across.

Never remove asbestos yourself

The extremely high risk of disturbing asbestos within major work to your home, business or other should never be under-estimated, and it should also never be treated in a way to save some money by undertaking its removal yourself.

Your family or staff’s health is very important, which is why you need to rely on asbestos removal in South Manchester to successfully survey the property in question to ascertain the level of asbestos within the property.

On completion of the survey, you will have an idea of the extent of the asbestos materials and then a potential total cost for the safe removal or securing of this hazardous material. This must be done with the use of specialist equipment that only professional asbestos services have.

Under UK law and regulations, you need an asbestos specialist to remove and dispose of the hazardous waste - this cannot simply be bagged and thrown into a skip. If you are planning any building or renovation work where asbestos could be disturbed and pose a major threat, contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today.


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