It happens more often than you might think. You fall in love with an antique house and purchase it, eager to restore it and live in historical splendour – only to discover that it contains asbestos. Ideally, you’ll learn this before taking possession of the house, but you may not find out until much later.
What Is Asbestos?
There are several types of asbestos, but it’s essentially a fibrous mineral that is mined and used to prevent fires and to resist heat and chemicals. It was once used as insulation or to help strengthen other materials used to build homes. Unfortunately, it’s also extremely hazardous to your health.
How to Tell If You Have Asbestos
Homes built before 1999 may have used this dangerous material. It was outlawed that year. An inspection should tell you if there is anything you need to know about your home. If you suspect that your home may include asbestos floor or ceiling tiles (particularly popular in the 50’s and 60’s), have a professional come in to determine if there is any or not.
If you do have asbestos in the house, you cannot remove it yourself. It needs to be removed and disposed of in a very specific way to prevent contamination. You need to call someone who is not only an expert in disposing of asbestos, but also licensed to do the removal.
The first thing you need to do is call an expert who is licensed in asbestos removal, such as Paul Riddel Skips Ltd. They will come and inspect the areas you think may be contaminated and will confirm the presence of asbestos. From there, they will help you file the correct papers in order to register your home as a site that produces hazardous waste. This is an essential step and the Environmental Agency needs to know that your home is affected.
As the disposal is carried out, the company should update the Environmental agency and keep careful records of everything. This is all necessary to eliminate it without any further issues and to ensure it is done legally.
You’ll need to move out of your home for the duration of the removal, so it’s best to choose a company that is experienced and can make the process as pain-free as possible.
If you’re looking for a company to handle all the asbestos removal in your home, call Paul Riddel Skips to get a quote.