How Do You Remove Asbestos?
Asbestos was once thought to be safe because it could not easily burn. However, we now know that the inhalation of fibres from asbestos can cause cancer and other lung diseases. If your property is found to have asbestos, you don’t have to panic, with professional support you can remove this dangerous material to ensure you and your family are safe.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos was once a popular building material that was banned due to health concerns in the late 1980s. It was widely utilised as insulation, flooring, roofing, and sprayed on ceilings and walls to fireproof the surfaces before its hazardous nature was recognised. Therefore, even though its usage is now prohibited in the UK, structures built before 2000 may still contain asbestos. The main types of asbestos found in the UK are blue (crocidolite), brown (amosite), and white (chrysotile).
Asbestos represents a danger to human health as exposure can cause various diseases, most commonly lung cancer and mesothelioma of the pleura or peritoneum (lining around internal organs). Unfortunately, a person only has to inhale the asbestos fibres to put themselves at risk, however, asbestos is also dangerous when swallowed. The time between exposure and the development of mesothelioma may be as long as 30 to 50 years; however, there is no safe level of exposure.
How do you remove asbestos?
You should never attempt to remove asbestos yourself as it’s a hazardous material. Therefore, the only way to remove asbestos from your home or commercial property safely and legally is by using an experienced asbestos removal company. Specialist contractors are trained in how to work with any materials that may contain asbestos and have all of the necessary safety equipment such as face masks and overalls.
Asbestos removal companies start by isolating the area. The asbestos is cut into manageable pieces to facilitate removal and then sealed and double bagged in thick plastic bags or sheets of heavy-duty polythene which are taped at the top. They should be labelled with a warning sign and transported to an approved landfill site.
Once all the asbestos has been removed, the area is properly cleaned and any dust or debris is removed. The area is then ventilated, which involves blowing fresh air through the area to displace any remaining dust.
The whole process of asbestos removal, from start to finish, should take no more than a few days and be conducted under strictly controlled conditions with the appropriate safety measures in place. It’s important that you only use a qualified and licensed contractor who can provide you with all the necessary documentation such as risk assessments and health and safety policies.
Croft Environmental Asbestos Removals
At Croft Environmental, we’re a team of fully qualified and experienced asbestos removal experts who can carry out an inspection, prepare your property, and remove all hazardous materials safely. So if you’re concerned that there may be asbestos in your home or office, contact us today! You can call us directly on 01162 518050 or contact us through our website.