Older home purchase asbestos risks

With a lot of people concentrating on purchasing homes in 2021, a drive by buyers to purchase older property is like a dream come true, that also can have the worst nightmare attached – asbestos risks.

Many older buildings that were built or restored have asbestos as a design feature way before the risks towards health were made public. Any older building you purchase can have various elements of asbestos present and, should you decide to renovate, you have a potential threat that needs to be addressed and removed.

But what is asbestos, where is it within an older building and why is it a problem moving forward?


When we talk about asbestos we are alluding to a fibrous material that was utilised in building and construction projects until the 1990s.

Asbestos as a term for six naturally occurring minerals (Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite) used in building for well over a century. As an affordable material resistant to many hazards like fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, it was seen as an all-encompassing insulator, especially for residential properties, in walls, heating systems and roofing.

In the mid-80s, the use of blue and brown asbestos was made illegal with white asbestos joining them in the late 90s. Whilst every property built from 2000 onwards is safe, all properties built prior to 2000 can still carry the risk of asbestos within the property which can cause a multitude of health risks.

Discovery of asbestos

It is not unusual to discover your home contains asbestos and in a lot of cases, there is nothing to worry about.

The greater risk comes from it being disturbed from renovation work or any incident in the house which can lead to the inhalation of the microscopic fibres that can begin to affect your health. Getting an asbestos refurbishment survey prior to beginning any major alteration works is strongly recommended. If you have recently had an asbestos survey Manchester and it has identified asbestos, don’t panic. What you need to do is speak to a professional asbestos removal south Manchester contractor in order to have it removed safely.

Do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself under any circumstances. Although you may believe it to be a straightforward activity, it requires specialist training together with correct waste carriers licenses and asbestos services to remove and dispose of it.

By bringing in a professional to handle all aspects from asbestos testing to asbestos removal Manchester you keep yourself, your family and your property safe. If you have purchased an older property and plan on doing some work to make it your own, contact Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions to provide asbestos removal services and solutions that will safely protect you from asbestos risks within your home.

What our clients have to say…

“Jim provided a fantastic service. Friendly, quick, non-disruptive work. Good turnaround on receiving the sample report too”

“Asbestos survey – Jim did a very thorough job. Kept us updated right through the visit with an initial view, and then supplied an in depth report after. Very pleasant person to deal with. Overall, very pleased with the service.”

“Really friendly professional service with very quick response time. The work was carried out to a high standard, at a very good price, within two days of enquiry. I would definitely recommend this company.”

“Jordan and Jim did an excellent job of demolishing our garage, including the safe removal of the asbestos roof. Their work was tidy and controlled, with no impact on any surrounding hedges, plants, etc.

All in all they ticked every box.”

“Jim and his team were very professional, courteous and helpful throughout the whole process. They worked very hard to meet our tight timelines and did a great job. I would highly recommend Grosvenor Asbestos to anyone requiring asbestos services.”

“Had a survey done. All work and results back before a new week. Very prompt, efficient and quick service. Absolutely recommend this company.”

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