What are the tell-tale signs of asbestos?
Things to look for….
If you are worried there may be asbestos present in your home or business premises, we understand you may want some advice as to how to confirm or discount its presence.
We do not advise you actively go looking for it, remember we are just a phone call away. However, here are some tips that might help you to detect it.
What is the age of your property?
Asbestos was used extensively during the 1930`s and 50s by the construction industry. A voluntary industry ban came into effect in the 1960`s outlawing the most dangerous type of asbestos. It was finally completely banned from use in the UK in Nov 1999 five years ahead of the European deadline.
Even though the use of Asbestos was reduced running up to 1999 it is sensible to err on the side of caution regarding all properties built or extended/refurbished up to 1999 – remember if you are in any way unsure as to whether a material contains asbestos, contact us.
Can you see any building materials asbestos was typically used in?
The two most common forms of building materials asbestos were used to create were:
- asbestos fibro sheeting
- asbestos cement
Asbestos fibro sheeting was strong, fire retardant, and cost-effective to manufacture. It was popular with builders to use predominately to construct walls - similar to modern day plasterboard or drywall. The fibro sheets were simply nailed to a wooden framework.
Asbestos cement was used in a large variety of walls, roofs and exterior linings in sheets. As well as an insulation and fireproofing aid, asbestos cement was used because it absorbed moisture and by not allowing water to pass through was effectively weatherproof.
Where is it typically be found?
Asbestos cement was used in eave linings, under exterior sections of roofs, in walls in garages, sheds toilets and laundries. It was also used to create corrugated sheets, mouldings and claddings.
Asbestos sheets were particularly common in 1960's/1970's housing and can be found in ducting, panelling, ceiling tiles, bath panels etc Asbestos may also be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints.
Remember residents of a building constructed from asbestos cement are quite safe, professionals who are instructed to remove asbestos should naturally take the necessary precautions.
We make our clients aware of any risks, and help to keep them safe, providing reports that are easy to read, full of information, and designed to address property compliance requirements.