Asbestos was widely used in the construction industry from the 1870s, as well as in factories, shipyards, and other big industries. Asbestos was utilised due to its strength and resistance to heat and electricity, and it was during the 20th century that it started to become used within the construction of domestic properties across the country.
There are many different areas of a domestic property where asbestos could be located, and it is important to be aware of this as a homeowner especially if you are considering refurbishing your home.
Asbestos cement was used to make garage roof sheets, whilst asbestos was also used in the creation of soffits, insulation for pipes and boilers, and many other aspects of a house construction. Asbestos cement is often looked at as a medium risk in terms of asbestos materials, but it can be found within so many different aspects of a building, as mentioned above. You could find asbestos cement in your water tank, window sills, downpipes, and many other areas of the home.
Asbestos insulation board can be found in wall panels, bath panels, cladding, and ceiling tiles, and was banned in 1985 due to the severity of the risk. Lagging on pipes and boilers might also contain asbestos and is a high-risk material. Loose asbestos insulation is another worry, and could be found throughout the walls, in the attic, and in floor voids. It is very high risk, as any sort of disturbance would cause asbestos fibres to be released into the air.
If you suspect that asbestos is present in your home it is important that you contact asbestos survey specialists immediately. At Artisan Surveyors we have the experience and knowledge to survey your home and safely remove any asbestos present if required. Contact us today on 02380 982 598 or email@example.com.