If you are planning any renovation work on your property, or if you are planning on knocking down a wall or pulling down an external building, you may have had someone mention to you about being cautious over the risks of asbestos.
It’s for good reason also, as it has been used for decades as a cheap and durable building material that pre-2000 was used extensively. Though once touted as a miracle product, the effects it has had on health ranging from lung disease all the way to lung cancer when asbestos has been disturbed has led to a worldwide drive to ban the use of it in construction and manufacture.
The Beginning of the Problems
Generally, undisturbed products that contain asbestos remain safe due to the fibres remaining bound together and sealed. The problems stem from whenever these products are drilled, sawn, sanded or broken which will cause the deadly fibres to be released into the air. The fibres are so small that they are easily inhaled deep enough to go to the lungs where they can lie dormant for upwards of 40 years before symptoms become apparent.
From here, the treatment of illnesses related to asbestos becomes notoriously hard to treat, and the mortality rate remains very high.
The Types at Work
The most frequent types of asbestos that are linked to illness along the lines of lung disease come from 3 main candidates.
White asbestos is typically located in roofs, ceilings, floors and walls of homes but also can be found in vehicle brake linings, pipes, gaskets and also boiler seals within the home. Brown asbestos is typically found in cement sheets, insulation boards, tiles and fencing among others, and finally blue asbestos which has been utilised in commercial and industrial products, but to a lesser degree.
Each is a highly dangerous material that will require an equal amount of care in ensuring you and your families health and safety. If your property is over 20 years old there is a 90 per cent chance that your home was built using these materials, which makes for extreme care if you look to renovate.
No matter how much you feel up to the DIY task, if you need asbestos removal Cheshire, it’s a job for the professionals.
Any property work with high asbestos risk needs to be investigated by asbestos removal services to determine the material present, and with so many variables in types of asbestos, you need someone who can accurately identify them all. Removal of asbestos is also a very skilled area as it cannot simply be dumped in a skip and hauled to the tip. It needs to be handled in a secure manner to ensure no one is left open to health hazards.
Be cautious over the risks of asbestos and contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions, the secure specialists in asbestos removal Manchester today before making your move on your renovation project.