Asbestos were different minerals used in building materials for insulation and fire-resistant but are now prohibited. Asbestos is commonly found in ducts and pipes, ceiling and acoustical tiles, cement asbestos siding as well as floor tiles. Asbestos roofs have a grey, hard and corrugated appearance and were popular in the 1950s.
You might come across asbestos fibers in the ground, wall structure, insulation panels, floor tiles, central heating and boilers flues, garage and shed roofs. It is a carcinogen and causes more than 5000 fatalities every year. Working on or near damaged asbestos-containing materials or inhaling asbestos fibers can increase your risk of asbestos-related diseases. These diseases might take about 20 to 30 years before the symptoms appear.
The human body cannot eliminate the toxic fibers when they get trapped in the body tissues or lungs. This could lead to the following asbestos-related diseases;
- Asbestosis: A chronic, non-cancerous respiratory disease related to inhaling toxic fibers
- Lung cancer: People who have been exposed to asbestos have a huge risk of developing lung cancer
- Mesothelioma: an unusual form of cancer that most often occurs in the thin membrane lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, and heart
Types of Asbestos
Asbestos removal is a two-step process. The first step is to carry out an asbestos survey- which tests materials to make sure they contain asbestos. This step is followed by the removal in a professional way.
When carrying out asbestos survey, specific types of asbestos that we look for include;
- Amosite asbestos:
- Tremolite asbestos
- Actinolite asbestos
How to Know if There is Asbestos in your House
Identifying asbestos can be a hard task. Most individuals try to identify the presence of asbestos in their homes by comparing online images with what they suspect. This often leads to wrong predictions.
If you are troubled about knowing if you might have asbestos at your home you can purchase a home test kit. These kits include protective equipment and a set of instructions that would guide you on the process.
However, you can hire a professional asbestos inspector and or contractor to conduct an asbestos survey. This professional would inspect your house and have the samples sent for testing.
The professional will document the results of the test when it is ready. This will include the presence or absence of asbestos in your home, the amount present, and the location.
How to Get Rid of Asbestos
Getting rid of asbestos is not a DIY thing. To ensure risks are not escalated, get a professional who handles asbestos fiber removal safely and cost-effectively. Seek and reach out to accredited asbestos inspectors and contractors that are licensed and trained on safe asbestos testing and removal. However, to ensure your safety, be prepared because you and your family might have to temporarily relocate while the work is being completed.
How Much Does Asbestos Removal Cost?
There is no fixed cost to removing asbestos. The cost depends on;
- The type of the material
- The volume of the asbestos
- The accessibility to the asbestos location in your home.
- The type of ceiling you have
Nevertheless, the asbestos removal cost might range from €1500 to €3000+ depending on the project size and complexity.
Asbestos Removal Service
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