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Clearing The Air: What You Should Know About Asbestos


We’ve all heard of asbestos as the big bad insulation that no one wants to find in our period homes. But what does it actually do, and how is it dangerous? In this article, you will find everything you should know about asbestos.


Identifying Asbestos

As a naturally occurring fibre, this material was routinely used in the construction of buildings up until the late 1990s. Due to its heat-retaining properties, it was regularly used for insulation, flooring, roofing, and even sprayed on ceilings and walls. 


The two main subcategories of asbestos found in the UK are serpentine (white asbestos) and amphiboles (including blue and brown asbestos). The reason it was so useful in building is because of its resistant properties. Asbestos fibres do not dissolve in water, nor do they evaporate. They are also resistant to fire, chemical and biological forces, evidencing why it was once believed asbestos was actively a good choice in the home.


Asbestos is not identifiable easily by eye, it has to be instead collected for testing and then sent off to an external lab. The results will then come back, letting you know whether the material is indeed asbestos or not.


Why It’s Dangerous

Asbestos was banned in the UK over 20 years ago, despite its usefulness as a building material. This is because it’s classified as carcinogenic. This means that it has a heightened risk of causing cancer for those who go near the material. Inhaling in asbestos can lead to a condition called asbestosis, which in turn can lead to cancer. 


Due to its risks to our health, the importation, supply and use of blue and brown asbestos was banned in the UK in 1985. Once the dangers were likewise realised, white asbestos was then included in the ban in 1999. 


Asbestos Removal

If you believe you have asbestos in your home it’s important to see a professional for assistance. Trying to deal with asbestos yourself can be putting your health at risk. Both fibrous and bonded asbestos can be risky to touch and must be disposed of properly and securely. 


Instead, hire a professional asbestos removal company to keep yourself safe. This team can step in and take the stress out of worrying about your health during this process and should keep themselves safe equally with personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks. 


Our Asbestos Experts

If you are concerned about asbestos in your property, our team at Evans Asbestos Limited can take the stress out of both inspecting and removing these harmful substances from your home. From asbestos surveying to asbestos removal, our friendly team can help every step of the way. While we are based in Dorset, we offer our services across Somerset, Wiltshire and Southampton.


Visit our website to see some examples of our recent projects, or contact our team today.

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