Commonly Asked Questions About Asbestos Removal in London
There’s no such thing as a silly question regarding asbestos removal. If it is not handled correctly, asbestos can be really dangerous. It is important you are clued up on asbestos, in general, it is great to have a good awareness, but it is especially important if you are planning any renovation work on a property.
We have put together this article of commonly asked questions, so you don’t have to trawl the web researching!
How can I tell if I have asbestos?
Unfortunately, it is not easy to tell if your home or property contains asbestos, unless it has been clearly labelled/you have been made aware. If in doubt, always assume the worst. Leave any suspicious-looking materials alone, until you have organised a professional asbestos survey which will tell you for certain.
Where might I find asbestos in my home?
Homes or properties that were built before the 1980s are more likely to contain asbestos. This asbestos will usually be found in floor tiles, ceiling artex, roof or boiler insulation, roof tiles, soffits, facias or even old toilet cisterns. If you are planning on renovating a home that was built before the 80s, it is extremely important that you arrange an asbestos survey in London, before you start any work.
Can I remove the asbestos myself?
Asbestos is at its most dangerous when it is disturbed. The disturbance causes the particles to release into the air, meaning they can find their way into your lungs. Asbestos is directly linked to various lung conditions that cannot be cured. It is essential that you do not try to remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos should only be handled by trained professionals, who have access to dedicated kit that will protect them.
How do I dispose of asbestos?
Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material, and so there are measures in place to control disposal. Asbestos must be taken to a licensed transfer station or a landfill that is dedicated to hazardous waste. It is illegal to dispose of asbestos in the same way you dispose of your regular waste. It cannot be taken to the tip, put in your wheelie bin or taken to any street bins. Additionally, you should not be trying to dispose of asbestos at all, unless you are a trained professional. When you organise asbestos removal in London, the removal company is responsible for the disposal.
If you still have any questions, or if you would like to arrange an asbestos survey in London, just get in touch!