How to Spot Asbestos in Your Home

How to Spot Asbestos in Your Home

Before we start the article, we have to mention that if you believe you have asbestos in your home it is massively important that you DO NOT DISTURB IT. Asbestos is extremely hazardous to health and it can easily cause major illnesses. This article is about how to find and locate asbestos. If you do find some it is vital you do not tamper with it at all. Instead, call a professional like SBS asbestos.

This is an odd article to write, as unfortunately it is not as clear cut as ‘this is what asbestos looks like’. So we cannot directly advice you on how to spot it by eye. What we can tell you is where it is likely to be, and what actions to take from then on.

Asbestos was widely used as a building material from the 50’s, right up to as recently as 1999, when its use was outlawed. It was mainly used due to its fantastic insulation properties and because it also provided a good amount of fire resistance. Because of its usability it was used widely in both domestic and commercial properties. It can literally be found anywhere.

The main places you will find it in your home are:

  • Eaves gutters and rainwater pipes
  • Garage and shed roofs
  • Linings for walls, ceilings and doors
  • Loose asbestos packing between floors and in patrician walls
  • Floor tiles
  • Central heating flues
  • Insulation panels in storage heaters
  • Bath panels
  • Fire blankets

If you are worried about having asbestos in your home it is vital you call a professional service like SBS. This is because it cannot be identified by sight alone. Samples need to be taken and sent off for analysis. The extraction of these samples has be done very carefully, as it is procedures like this that release the asbestos fibres into the air and it is the fibres that are hazardous.

SBS are a full service asbestos company. This means that we can come to your home or business, carry out a survey, remove any asbestos present, dispose it and then reinstate any structures that were damaged during the process.

If you are in need of any of our services then just give us a call on 0800 211 8346.

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