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Common Uses of Asbestos

Asbestos is an extremely versatile material which is why it has been used so often and in so many products over the years. when asbestos is intact it is a great product, however problems occur if the asbestos is broken up and the fibers escape.
Below is a list of common places asbestos can be found both within homes and business premises.

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Asbestos Insulation Boards

Asbestos Insulation Boards

These are most commonly used for ceiling tiles, partitions, transoms, and soffits. The main issue with these products is they are only semi compressed meaning it easy for dangerous asbestos fibers to escape. Due to this fact it is important to make sure these products are only removed by trained professionals.
These products are most often found in office buildings and business premises. If moving into premises that contain a lot of asbestos it is worth considering carrying out an asbestos office strip out.

Asbestos Garage

Many homes throughout the UK still have asbestos garages lurking about them as before it was realised how dangerous this material was it was one of the most popular garage construction materials. This isn't a problem if your garage is in good condition, however problems occur as the condition of the garage begins to deteriorate. In it's solid form asbestos doesn't present a high risk, however if it starts to break up and the fibers are released it becomes a very different matter.
As many of the garages built using asbestos are now many years old the chances are they are beginning to show signs of wear and tear, and this is when the biggest danger occurs. The airborne fibers from broken panels can easily be breathed in and this is where the risks of developing an asbestos related illness comes from.
If you have any concerns or would like to remove your garage just to be on the safe side make sure you call in professional company to do the job.

Asbestos Artex

A lot of textured coatings contain asbestos and so can be potentially harmful. Artex was used extensively in homes up until the 90's as both wall and ceiling coatings which means there is still a lot in homes throughout the UK. For asbestos containing artex to be removed safely the area being treated needs to be enclosed to prevent the asbestos fibers from spreading and contaminating other areas of the home. The work will be carried out with specialist machinery by fully qualified asbestos contractors, this is not a job you should consider doing yourself as trying to remove the artex will cause it to break up releasing dangerous fibers.
If you employ asbestos contractors to remove the asbestos artex they will monitor the air qiuality in your home and inform you when it is safe to re-enter, giving you peace of mind that there are not dangerous levels of asbestos lurking around.

Asbestos Ceilings

Asbestos ceilings are still one of the most common products that asbestos companies have to deal with. Luckily their removal is quite simple and one of the easiest to carry out meaning it can be done quickly and efficiently, although it still has to be carried out under strict conditions to prevent any threat to surrounding areas.
Asbestos ceilings were extremely popular in older buildings due to the fact they were so good at insulating, so these were the most common types of ceilings used. They also provided excellent acoustic and fireproofing qualities which helped increase their popularity.
Asbestos ceilings are usually either in the form of panels or concrete slabs.

Asbestos Floor Tile Removal

Asbestos floor tile removal is one of the services carried out by Crucial Environmental.
Removing asbestos floor tiles is a job that needs to be carried out under strict conditions in order to avoid any harm from asbestos fibre release and should not be attempted by those who are not qualified in removing asbestos proucts.
The removal of floor tiles will take place under strict conditions and may mean the area has to be avoided by anyone not involved in the removal for up to a couple of days. Before being allowed back in the premises the air quality will be checked to make sure the asbestos levels arelow enough to prove no threat.

Asbestos Guttering

Asbestos guttering isn't seen as often as it was due to the fact many gutters have been replaced with PVC models, however there is still asbestos guttering on a small number of properties and as with all asbestos products this must be removed very carefully.
These gutters were made from asbestos cement so are quite different in apperance from the modern types of gutters fitted today, and it's pretty safe to say if your house was built after 2000 you will not have to worry as asbestos was banned in 1999. However it is always better to be safe than sorry so if you are unsure get a licensed asbestos company in to check if your gutters contain asbestos or not.

Asbestos Roof

Asbestos roof removal is one the most common asbestos removal requests. Removing an asbestos roof is normally fairly straightforward. The panels are dampened and carefully removed as whole sheets. The corrugated sheets are then double wrapped and sealed in heavy gauge polythene covering.

Asbestos Roof Tiles | Asbestos Roof Tile Removal | Asbestos Tiles

It is not a well known fact that roof tiles ca contain asbestos, when most people think of asbestos roofs they think of the corrugated asbestos sheets that can be found on industrial buildings. It is however common for roof tiles to contain asbestos as well. These tiles are lower risk than asbestos that may be in your home, however they still need to be removed with care and by qualified professionals. The tiles are removed with care and placed into heavy gauge
polythene sacks and double bagged.