Asbestos In Homes: The Hidden Health Hazard
Asbestos is a mineral fibre that was commonly used in industrialisation from the mid-19th Century up until 1999, when a total ban was imposed due to the link made between the substance and serious health risks.
Before the ban, asbestos was widely used in both domestic and commercial buildings due to it’s properties of high strength, chemical and heat resistance and good thermal insulation properties. As a result, if your house was built before 1999, and has not been refurbished since, there is a chance asbestos is in your home.
When asbestos is disturbed, fine fibres are released into the air which, when breathed in, can cause serious long-term health risks. These include:
- Lung cancer
- Asbestosis (scarring of lung tissue leading to a loss of elasticity and lung function)
- Mesothelioma (a cancer formed in the lining of the chest or abdomen)
Where asbestos may be in your home
Although it was not totally banned until 1999, most asbestos products were only used in the 1970s when building houses. If your home was constructed during this time or before, there is a chance that you have asbestos in your home. Often used for its insulating qualities, asbestos can be found in:
- The roofing of your home
- Insulation (in between walls, in the loft)
- Steam pipes or boilers insulated with asbestos blanket
- Vinyl sheet flooring backing
- Textured paint on walls
What to do if you find asbestos in your home
It is essential that you do not disturb the asbestos if you discover it in your home or workplace; undisturbed asbestos is not harmful as the fibres have not been released into the air.
We always recommend hiring expert asbestos removal services to ensure it is removed correctly and safely, without any risk to you or those in the surrounding area. Here at ProDEM, we’ve been carrying out safe asbestos removal throughout the Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Midlands region for years, and always operate to strict guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone.
If you suspect your home or workplace to contain asbestos, it is essential to have this checked by us before any work begins. For more information or to discuss your concerns, feel free to contact us today – we’ll be happy to help with any queries you might have.