Asbestos Removal From A Soffit
Was your home built or refurbished before the year 2000?
Have you had it tested for traces or contents of asbestos?
Call Malrod today on 01942 811591 for information queries and quotes regarding asbestos removal in your home.
Asbestos: a brief history
In the UK, asbestos is banned for most construction purposes but still remains in many buildings unidentified. Generally, it’s safe to leave the asbestos alone, it proves to be hazardous when disturbed, damaged or left to deteriorate.
Unfortunately, asbestos affects a lot of people and is a real health risk still apparent in homes all over the United Kingdom today.
In buildings over 30 years old; it’s highly recommended licensed asbestos removers are sourced to investigate the issue as the chances of the building containing asbestos is unfortunately very high.
Asbestos was used for insulation purposes right through to the year 2000 when it was found to be the cause of many fatal diseases such as lung cancer or asbestosis.
Where could asbestos be hiding on the inside of my home?
As outlined above, asbestos was a commonly used insulation material, insulating and fireproofing areas such as pipping, boilers, soffits, sprayed coatings, cement, loose fill insulation, AIB ceiling tiles, toilet seat and cistern, AIB partition walls, AIB panels in fire doors, rope seals and gaskets, Vinyl floor tiles and fire blankets.
As outlined, asbestos was used profusely in the interior of homes as well as the exterior…
Where could asbestos be hiding on the outside of my home?
Asbestos traces can be found in asbestos cement which is commonly located on the roofing, panels, gutters, downpipes, soffits and flue of our homes.
It’s somewhat alarming to learn asbestos can be located in and around our homes. Though limited exposure can be less harmless, prolonged exposure can be fatal. We urge you to act now.
Asbestos removal from a soffit
Unfortunately, it’s hard to physically administer whether or not asbestos is used in your home as its mixed into many building and construction materials- so you just cant see it.
When removing asbestos from the soffit, your licensed asbestos removal contractor will ensure the area is damp before carrying out any tests. This limits the possibility of asbestos particles or dust being released into the air.
DIY Asbestos removal: take note.
Do not attempt DIY asbestos removal.
Many people have little understanding of the mammoth health implications which comes along with exposure to asbestos including: Mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer, asbestosis, breathing defects and pleural thickening.
Attempting to remove asbestos yourself risks aggravating the asbestos causing particles to diffuse into the air and be inhaled by humans surrounding the particles: elevating chances of contracting one or more asbestos-related illnesses.
If I suspect my home contains asbestos, what should I do?
If you think your home is at risk of containing traces of asbestos, it’s important you follow the following instructions:
Check the condition
Take a look at the area you feel may contain asbestos and ensure the material is undamaged or not started to deteriorate.
If you’re planning some home improvements ensure you inform your workmen or hire asbestos contractors to take a closer look at the situation. It’s highly recommended this precaution is taken prior to work being started or completed.
We’re all inclined to do a little DIY in our homes and when we see something we’re unsure of, we do the natural thing all humans do: go prodding.
If you think there’s a slight chance your home contains asbestos-don’t touch! Touching asbestos you risk aggravating the substance causing particles to break off into the air and the subsequent damage can be very very dangerous.
Why hire professionals for removal of asbestos?
Licensed asbestos removers undertake precautions measures to ensure asbestos is removed from areas in your home or work place safely. Below is a list detailing the measures asbestos removal contractors undertake while carrying out work of this nature. As follows:
1. Professional asbestos removal services prepare a detailed method statement and carry out a risk assessment plan ensuring minimal risks during the completion of work of this nature. This statement will describe the work methods and the control measures.
2. Professionals also carry out an assessment to determine the potential of the spread of the asbestos fibres during the removal process.
3. Qualified professional contractors aim at minimising the release of asbestos fibres by resorting to low or dust free work methods.
4. They resort to spraying of dust suppression solutions before initiating the asbestos removal process.
5. Only adequately trained and experienced professionals are allowed to work on asbestos removal.
6. Only professionals can ensure absolute safety of house occupants including children and pets. Professionals approach to asbestos removal and disposal causes least disruption to the home owners.
7. The trained professionals work on the removal of asbestos by wearing disposable safety masks. Yes, a registered asbestos removal contractor will wear the right protective gear like the masks, gloves and protective clothing.
8. They will bring suitable access equipment like ladders. When working on high areas they strictly adhere to the advice emphasised in HSG 33 health and safety in roof (1998).
9. They make sure that the area is wet to reduce fibres from separating and spreading.
10. Professionals are backed by unblemished safety and excellent performance record.
11. Professionals are adept in employing the safest asbestos removal techniques and methods.
12. Highly trained professionals are sure to maintain quality, safety and efficiency during the asbestos removal process.
13. Employing a licensed asbestos removal contractor will ensure that he carefully collects the asbestos from the soffit and double wraps it in labelled polythene sacks and safely transport it to the disposal site.
14. Professionals are also adept in identifying the type of asbestos in the soffit.
15. Make sure that the professional you hire complies with the Control of asbestos regulations 2012.
16. Moreover the type of asbestos used in soffits in houses in U.K is grey and only a professional knows how to dispose of this hazardous waste.
17. At the end of the asbestos removal process they undertake to clean up the entire area.
Asbestos is a dangerous material which can cause fatal implications to ones health if treated non-professionally. Small levels of exposure repeatedly can cause serious damages to ones health later in life.
If you’re worried your home contains asbestos: keep calm and call Malrod today on 01942 811591.