Asbestos Removal From The Garage
Was your garage built or refurbished before the year 2000?
Concerned your garage could contain asbestos?
Call Malrod today on 01942 811591 for information on how we can help you.
Asbestos: a brief history
Asbestos can be found in many archaic buildings in the United Kingdom. The substance was used in the building and construction trades for many years and is still prominent in properties such as garages in the UK today.
Asbestos in the Garage
As outlined, asbestos was a prominently used building and construction material up until the 1980s when it was learned to have been the cause of many fatal health related issues including lung cancer, Mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis, breathing defects or pleural thickening.
Though used up until 1980, many people are surprised to learn buildings built or refurbished before the millennial year of 2000 do risk carrying asbestos traces.
Garages are among the older buildings still standing here in the United Kingdom and are likely to have asbestos related materials built into the construction of these sites.
Many people know; asbestos is unharmful if left alone however if left to deteriorate can be very dangerous to people who come into contact and inhale the particles it gives off into the air.
Where is asbestos most likely to be located on garage sites?
In a garage, you’re most likely to come across asbestos in the buildings walls, roof tiles, roof shingles and in floor tiles.
The good news…
Licensed asbestos contractors are able to identify the most likely places to test for traces of asbestos. This makes the process slightly quicker as those licensed contractors are able to quickly get started on identifying possible affected areas.
The bad news…
Because asbestos is often mixed into building and construction materials such as cement and pipe lagging; it causes issues when performing asbestos removal. Asbestos contractors may have to pull down and rebuild affected areas although there are other asbestos removal treatments subject to the nature of the deterioration.
Don’t be alarmed: as outlined above, only deteriorated or aggravated asbestos will need to be treated. This doesn’t mean asbestos contractors will always mean to disturb your buildings construction.
Is it a legal requirement that I have asbestos removed from my garage?
If the asbestos is damaged, deteriorated or aggravated, than as the owner of the garage, you’re liable to ensure the building is health and safety proof which means it’s your job to ensure substances such as asbestos are safely checked or removed by licensed asbestos contractors.
Methodology: asbestos removal
During the asbestos removal process, licensed asbestos removers assess each case and decide on the appropriate call to action. This will be one of the following:
1. Complete Removal
Depending on the severity of the case, one of the following actions will be recommended and safely and accurately carried out by your licensed asbestos removal contractor.
There are a number of techniques which can be used to treat asbestos such as: wet stripping, high pressure water removal, hot stripping and dry stripping.
Wet stripping is where warm water is injected into the asbestos using special needles, the asbestos material absorbs the water and becomes heavy. This makes it easier to remove the asbestos by using special instruments to pluck out the substance.
Wet stripping tends to be commonly used during the removal process of asbestos in a garage. It’s a slightly easier method when treating smaller spaces such as asbestos in the domestic environment or asbestos in the garage.
This technique is a more dangerous technique as it creates a lot of asbestos containing dust which goes into the air therefore must be completed by licensed asbestos removal contractors who have a clear understanding of health & safety requirements when carrying out work of this nature.
Hot stripping is where the asbestos is blasted with a stream of hot air. The air stream breaks up the asbestos which is then sucked into a powerful ventilation system. The ventilation system ensures that no asbestos fibres are left suspended in the air.
High pressure removal
This technique is more commonly used in industrial buildings and is where the asbestos is blasted using streams of hot water.
Each of these asbestos removal techniques are highly effective when completed by licensed asbestos removal contractors. Whether you’re looking for home asbestos removers or workplace asbestos removers, contact experienced asbestos removers: Malrod today and learn how we can help you.
Asbestos removal costs
When removing asbestos from your home, workplace or garage; you must ensure the work is completed by licensed asbestos removers. This unfortunately does come with some cost which is necessary for both the precision of the work and the well-being of people in these environments.
Usually, the first step is to find a surveyor who will inspect your property and check for the exposure of asbestos. This surveyor will charge based on the type of check completed.
Another type of test is the identification of asbestos containing materials and the collection of samples. These tests can identify whether your garage contains asbestos and a treatment plan will be devised from there.
Garage asbestos removal should be completed by a licensed company only. The cost will depend on the number of square metres that the asbestos covers.
For more information, call Malrod today on 01942 811591.