Is My Asbestos Garage Safe?
Buying a house can be a stressful exercise. But when you think you have found your perfect home only to discover that it’s been marred by asbestos, it can be even more frustrating. This can often be the case with garages and sheds that come with semi-detached homes; however, if we don’t want to compromise on the house in question, then an asbestos garage is something that we’re just going to have to live with.
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But how safe is this garage? Can I enter it? Should I go near it? Can I alter it in any way, shape or form? ProDEM are here to answer all of these questions, and hopefully shed a little bit of light on the situation.
The garage itself
Firstly, we’ll add a bit of context to your asbestos problem. The asbestos in your garage is a mixture of cement and asbestos (85% and 15% respectively), an extremely hard material which was used heavily in the 20th century to make corrugated roofing for garages and sheds. As such, your garage roof is likely to be where the asbestos is located.
Does it need to be removed immediately?
The short answer: No. The asbestos bound to the cement is extremely hardwearing and, as a result, it is unlikely that your asbestos garage roof has eroded to a dangerous degree.
On top of this, due to the relatively small amount of asbestos which is in the cement, it’s unlikely that many fibres would be released, rendering it fairly safe under normal conditions.
Although your asbestos garage does not pose any immediate threat for you and your family, it is not something that is worth getting complacent with. The potential health risks of inhaling asbestos fibres are life-threatening and, as such, should not be taken lightly.
So, if the garage is to be left as is, it must be checked regularly and diligently.
First and foremost, you must make sure that there is no damage to the interior of the garage, paying particular attention to the roof and also ensuring that the walls are properly encapsulated with paint. This should be done monthly. If, after numerous checks, there is a significant period of degradation due to, say, extreme weather conditions – action should be taken.
What to do if the asbestos needs removing
You are not legally required to hire a licensed contractor, but we strongly counsel against attempting to do this sort of asbestos removal yourself.
On top of all the specialist equipment that you will need – it’s a long, tricky, and very dangerous task; the asbestos must be removed in such a way that no fibres are released. Consequently, if the concrete is eroded in the process, you are at serious risk.
Instead, it’s much safer to simply hire a licensed asbestos removal service like ProDEM; it’ll be quicker and easier, too.
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You can get yourself a free quote for the removal and talk over any concerns you have with seasoned professionals. What’s more, our operatives remove the asbestos using strict procedures and will take every precaution to make sure all waste is disposed of properly, and no fibres are released.
Are you worried about your asbestos garage? ProDEM can help. We provide a completely safe, efficient and effective asbestos removal service throughout Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and the surrounding areas. Our highly trained team of experts use their knowledge and experience to identify, handle, remove and dispose of asbestos to the strictest standards of safety. For more information about our asbestos removal service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.