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Asbestos Facts

The how, where and why of this risky material

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was used in the construction industry as insulation and fire-proofing from the 1950s right up until the late 1990s. It was used in a huge variety of building materials such as ceiling tiles, pipe insulation and roofs.

Asbestos is often mixed with other materials, so it can be hard for the layman to ascertain whether they have it in their property, regardless of how it looks. Often, asbestos can go undetected and undisturbed which does not cause any particular danger. It is when the material is disturbed, touched or not removed safely that fibres are released into the air or absorbed into a water source.

The Importance of Professional Care

Many people, whether home or business owners, believe that minor removal or repair jobs can be taken on by themselves. However, rather than preventing danger it actually contributes hugely to its cause. Asbestos-containing materials that are in good condition should be left alone and monitored regularly. If danger presents itself, it must be a professional who takes on the task of removing it.

While surveys do not always need to be carried out, the duty holder must monitor and manage any asbestos-containing materials. Carrying out a bad or poorly conducted survey is worse than not having a survey carried out at all. Asbestos-containing materials that have deteriorated or are damaged must be isolated, removed or repaired until appropriate remedial action can be taken.

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Where Can Asbestos Be Found?

Due to its extensive use between the 1950s and 1990s, asbestos can be found in numerous places in a property. The most common places include:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Pipe insulation
  • Board around windows, radiators and fireplaces
  • Soffit boards
  • Boilers
  • Sprayed or textured coatings
  • Fire doors
  • Sealants on pipes
  • Electrical boxes

Other products that are likely to have some presence of asbestos are:

  • Wall cladding
  • Textiles such as heat resistant gloves or old fire blankets
  • Loose fill asbestos
  • Cement flues

Loose fill asbestos is possibly the most dangerous type of material as it is made up of pure asbestos which can release huge amounts of the fibre when disturbed. If you discover or suspect the presence of loose fill asbestos in your property, call ID Asbestos Ltd now and have it sorted.

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