Asbestos Removal 101 – Your Guide To Everything You Need To Know: Part 1
Here at ProDEM, we’re always happy to share our industry knowledge with our customers, keeping them up to date with the correct safety procedures when it comes to any hazardous building materials that can be found during demolition or renovation work. Last month we provided an overview of the risks of asbestos, so this month, we’re providing our customers with a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know regarding asbestos removal.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fibre, frequently used in construction throughout 1930 all the way up to 1999 due to its heat insulation and fire resistance properties. When released into the air, asbestos fibres can cause serious diseases if inhaled, meaning its use in building materials is now totally banned.
If your house was built before 1999, there is a chance that asbestos is present in your home. Though the material is not harmful left undisturbed, many homeowners decide they want to remove all risk and have the asbestos removed – a job that should always be done by professionals.
The first person to be diagnosed with asbestosis – the serious scarring of the long that occurs due to exposure to asbestos over several years – was in 1924. Since then, an estimated 5,000 workers are killed due to asbestos exposure every year. This is often because exposure to asbestos is not immediately damaging – the diseases caused take a long time to develop, but are often fatal.
Due to the severe health risks asbestos causes, the material began to be phased out in 1989, but was not completely banned up until 2003. This means that any home built before this date could potentially have asbestos used in the flooring or insulation of the home.
If you suspect asbestos is in your home
If you suspect asbestos to be present in your home, it is essential that you follow the correct route to ensure you or anyone in the surrounding area is not exposed to asbestos fibres.
Contact a professional asbestos removal company to ensure the safe removal of the asbestos. A test will be taken of the material to confirm it contains asbestos, and from there, the team will remove the material in the safest way. Here at ProDEM, our team are expertly trained to ensure the safe and efficient removal of all hazardous building waste, including asbestos, guaranteeing a reliable and professional service than conforms exactly to the regulations imposed by law.
Check out Part 2 of our Asbestos Removal Guide next month, where we’ll cover how asbestos is removed and how the air is tested for the presence of asbestos fibres.