Asbestos has been banned since 1999, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still find it in older homes and buildings. Unfortunately, the material has been proven to be cancer-causing and it can be dangerous to your respiratory health, as well.
Originally, asbestos was used in floor and ceiling tiles, as well as insulation, to help prevent fires. Today, it is related to at least 5,000 deaths each year and so it is essential to eliminate this hidden danger from homes. If your house was built before 2,000, it’s entirely possible that it contains some type of asbestos.
To check if your home is dangerous or not, you should check any cement roofing sheets, rainwater pipes, cisterns, and gas flues. Textured wall coatings can also be infested with asbestos.
What to Do With Asbestos
In some cases, such as with wall finishing or ceiling plasters, you can simply cover the asbestos with regular plaster. If you choose to do this, you’ll need to label the space so no one will ever try to drill or sand the surface, which would release asbestos fibres.
If you choose to remove the asbestos, it can be quite costly. You should check with HSE before attempting any removal. You’ll need to hire someone to handle the actual removal of any asbestos materials from your home and ensure that it is disposed of properly. In most cases, you’ll need to hire a licensed contractor to handle the removal.
Due to the fact that asbestos is highly dangerous, this is classified as a hazardous job and your home will be registered as a hazardous waste producing site. The company you hire will have to follow specific protocol throughout the process and will ensure that everything is removed and disposed of in a proper fashion.
It’s very important that asbestos fibres are handled correctly to avoid contaminating the environment. Once the hazardous materials are gone, you can focus on refinishing your home in a safe, environmentally friendly way.
Choosing an Asbestos Removal Company
A professional company will be licensed for this type of hazardous job and will manage all the paperwork for you. They will also fill you in on everything you need to do in order to remain safe and to meet Environmental Agency requirements.
Once you have a company that is licensed and has the necessary experience, you just want to look for pricing. Going with the cheapest is not always the best idea, so watch for reputation, as well.
Do you need to get rid of asbestos in your home? Contact Paul Riddel Skips Limited today for a quote.