You must have heard about the health risks of asbestos. But in the 1930s these health risks were not publicised. As a result asbestos was used as a construction material, especially with its heat-resistant abilities. This being implemented in homes and buildings. As which has high heat-resistant abilities. This is exactly what made asbestos so appealing to be used as a construction material. It wasn't until 60 years after being discovered, that asbestos had hidden dangers.
Do I Have Asbestos In My Home?
Millions of homes across the UK have been constructed with asbestos. It wasn't until the late 1990s that the UK abolished the use of asbestos. So, if your home was built between 1930-1999 there is a huge possibility that your home contains asbestos fibres.
But Where Is It?
For homes built between 1930-1999 asbestos would commonly be located in roofs; flooring; cement walls; and insulation, such as, cavity wall and lofts. In less common cases, it can be found in gutters and pipes.
But fear not, the real danger only occurs when any of the listed locations are in critical condition. If the area where asbestos is located is destroyed, damaged or deteriorated, there is a high risk of that the fibres becoming airborne. This is when it becomes a 9-9-9 situation. Whereas, if the material is still in good condition with no damages you will be safe.
However, eventually you may need to get the asbestos removed before it does wear out and become a health hazard.
As stated asbestos was used as an construction material. Thus meaning it isn't only homes that have been built with this harmful material. This fibrous material has been used in many builds around the UK. Some of these include:
- Retail store
- Office buildings
How Much Is It To Remove Asbestos?
It is difficult to give a specific price of how much it will be to remove the asbestos in your property. This is because of many variables such as, the size of your property and the difficulty of the project.
Prices for removing an small areas can cost you just under £1000 in total. Whilst, larger areas can cost over £3000. These cost include the hiring of an professional surveyor, along with the removal of the material.
Can I Remove It Myself?
No! Removing or even attempting to remove asbestos can be a hazard not only to you but those around us. Removing the material will cause the fibres to become airborne and harm the environment.
Such a complex job should be performed by professionals in the appropriate uniform. I know, it may cost a lot but it is wise to not take such risks.
The Solution: Polyurea!
For those that aren't trying to reconstruct their home and pay the huge cost to remove asbestos. There are is a more practical solution. This is Polyurea. Polyurea is a flexible and resilient coating that provides protection from abrasion, whilst offering structural enhancements. This wonder product is the ideal option for those that want a less hassle free project. An additional benefit to using polyurea is its rapid application and setting time. Once applied the product can take less than 3 hours to set; instantly encapsulating the asbestos. With its abrasion protection it means that the area of matter will last longer and deem no longer a health hazard.