06 Feb 2020
Asbestos removal can be a scary thing and if not treated with the right respect can be dangerous. Over the last few years, all my sites have had some sort of asbestos removal required so I am somewhat an expert in this field now – my digger driver tells me that I attract sites with Asbestos. Haha!
Personally living in a home which has the asbestos intact doesn’t necessarily pose a health risk. Only when Asbestos becomes disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibres can be released into the air is when it is a serious health risk. I’ve noticed in houses the painted asbestos material is extremely durable and can stay around your house for years.
One of the most visually identifiable asbestos products is corrugated cement roofing sheets and corrugated cement fence and I have come across hundreds of sqm of these.
Some of the places I have found asbestos in old houses
- Under the lining in the kitchens
- Corrugated Roofing
- Corrugated Fencing
- Buried underground from previous builders.
- Old fireplaces
- Behind electrical boards
- Cladding and soffits
- Gutters and drainage pipes
So what are the consequences of Asbestos?
Concentrations of all forms of asbestos may result in including various asbestos-related diseases including cancer. The two forms of cancer associated with the inhalation of asbestos are Lung Cancer. I have personally known someone that has died from Asbestos poisoning and don’t wish that upon anyone.
Asbestos can be removed yourself (even though I don’t recommend it) but only in certain limited circumstances, and only if you carry out stringent safety procedures according to the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016.
People do seem to make it a big deal but I have found that the removal process using a subcontractor is fairly easy when you have the right team.
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