What are the Types of Asbestos and where are they found?

15th May 2017 by ProDEM

The unfortunate truth is that asbestos can be found anywhere: in the home, public buildings, offices, even schools. Asbestos reached its peak during the 20th century and buildings constructed at the time used asbestos throughout.

Buildings older than 1900 are certainly not exempt, as renovations carried out during their lifespan are likely to have used this deadly material. Asbestos garages and sheds were also popular from the 1920s to the 1970s, and are today reaching the end of their useful life.

Thankfully, in the UK any building constructed after 1999 will not contain asbestos, as it was made illegal in that year. This month, we are describing the common types of asbestos in depth.

If you suspect asbestos in your home, do not approach it, touch it or disturb it in any way. Call a professional who will safely remove it.

Amosite is commonly known as ‘brown asbestos’ due to its brown-gray fibres. It is the second most used type of asbestos and was valued for its heat resistance. It was a popular insulator and can be found in older boiler coatings, insulation tiles and industrial wiring sheaths.

Chrysotile is white in colour and often termed ‘white asbestos’. It is the most common type as it had a monopoly in the asbestos market for many years, and can be found in all manner of construction materials. These include: tiles, insulation, pipe coverings, boilers, caulking compounds and paints.

Chrysotile is subject to the myth that it’s safer than other forms of asbestos. This is not true. The myth originates from the fact that between 1985 and 1999 Chrysotile was the only form of asbestos used in the UK, again, due to the now debunked believe it was safer than Amosite and Crocidolite. All forms of asbestos are categorised as hazardous material.

Crocidolite is the most deadly form of asbestos and is identified by its straight blue fibres. Crocidolite’s  needle-shaped fibres break off easily and become airborne. Once swallowed or inhaled, Crocidolite’s fibres are especially difficult for the body to expel. Its strength, durability and flame-resistance meant it was used in high-friction rope lagging, insulation wire and boiler jackets, as well as spray on fireproofing treatments.

Many sufferers of asbestosis and mesothelioma cannot pinpoint a time when they have been exposed to asbestos, including a woman with asbestosis who merely recalled ‘pulling down a garden shed in the 1970s’ and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2014. You do not have to be exposed to asbestos fibres for long for them to have an effect later in life. In many cases, it takes decades for symptoms of asbestos related disease to be noticeable. Therefore, always call an expert in asbestos removal who will guarantee a safe process for all involved.

ProDEM are proud to provide a professional service to deal with asbestos should you find it, or suspect it in your home. Always call an expert in asbestos removal to protect you and your family from the dangers of asbestos exposure.

We offer full Asbestos removal services, contact us today for more information.

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ProDEM specialise in safe, reliable and efficient asbestos removal services throughout Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield. Our team are experts in demolition and soft stripping, and with this comes the necessary expertise in asbestos removal, as so many buildings in the UK are affected. If you require asbestos removal in your home, business or any property, we guarantee top service, a knowledgeable workforce and all the safety equipment and precautions to make your property asbestos free.