Asbestos is a hazardous material that was commonly used in building materials before the year 2000. If your home, business premises, or outbuildings were built before this time, they may contain asbestos. It is important to determine if your property contains asbestos because it can be dangerous if it is damaged or disturbed.
So, how do you know if your property contains asbestos? Here are a few steps you can take:
- Look for warning signs: Asbestos was used in a variety of building materials, including insulation, floor tiles, roofing, and textured coatings (Artex). If your home was built before the year 2000 and has any of these materials, it may contain asbestos.
- Check records: Check the information you have on your home from the time of purchase. It may be mentioned on your home buyers report or a full asbestos survey could have been carried out at that time. All commercial properties built before 2000 should be compliant with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and hold an up-to-date asbestos register and any asbestos should be safely managed by competent people.
- Hire a professional: If you do not have any records and are still unsure whether or not your property contains asbestos, an asbestos survey is the best way to find out. You can hire a professional asbestos surveyor like ACS to inspect your home. The survey will be able to identify any materials that contain asbestos and ACS can advise you on how to proceed.
If you do need to remove asbestos from your home, it is important to hire a professional to do it safely. Asbestos removal can be a dangerous and complex process, so it is best to leave it to the experts.
There are many asbestos removal companies to choose from, but by using a local asbestos removal company like ACS, you can be sure that you are getting high-quality service from a company that has served people all over the community.
In conclusion, if you suspect your residential or commercial property may contain asbestos – or even if you’re just looking for peace of mind – we recommend following the steps above, and then reaching out to a professional asbestos company to get things managed as safely as possible.
For more information regarding asbestos, the risks, and the solutions available, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 01623 473214 or message us via our contact form, and our team will be happy to help you in any way we can, with free estimates available.