Identifying Asbestos Material

Identifying Asbestos

How do you know if you have asbestos in your property?

If you are worried about asbestos then you should use Whatprice to get free quotes for an asbestos survey today. If you know you have an asbestos problem then use our online quotation form to get up to 5 quotes for asbestos removal from local approved companies

Asbestos Containing Material

There are thousands of products that contain asbestos and these are referred to as being "asbestos containing materials" - and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Asbestos has been used since the late 1800's and the health problems associated with the material have been well known by the asbestos industry since that time - surprisingly though, the asbestos industry was able to continue producing products in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and many other countries until at least the late 1980's.

Asbestos material in many a property worldwide!

Many commercial and residential properties all over the world contain asbestos in some form or other. Because asbestos, a naturally occurring material, is so versatile, it's uses were extremely versatile, though it's primary use was as a fire retardant.

Have a Professional look at Your Property to Identify Asbestos Material

If you suspect that you have asbestos in your property, it is best to get a professional asbestos survey to identify the type of asbestos material before doing any work. Asbestos should never be disturbed or broken.

Most usually, commercial buildings will contain asbestos or asbestos containing materials, though it is also found in certain cases in domestic properties.

Is there "safe" asbestos material?

Corrugated roofs and roof liners are found extensively in the UK on industrial units and these are usually made from asbestos cement. The type of asbestos used in cement products is Chrysotile or "white asbestos". Because the asbestos is contained within a cement based matrix, then it's usually fairly safe - though some experts claim that there is no such thing as safe asbestos.

If an asbestos roof (whether on an industrial unit or on a domestic garage or shed) is in good condition and it doesn't leak, there is no reason to change it. If occasional panels need replacing due to damage, this can be done by a competent roofer who will generally replace the affected panels with a non-asbestos equivalent. It is no longer possible to buy new asbestos roof panels in the UK, the USA or Australia.

Some properties contain what is known as "asbestos insulation board" which is made from a mix of Amoste (brown) and Chrysotile (white) asbestos. It is this asbestos that is currently causing concern, because often, people don't know that the board is made from asbestos.

The Health Danger of Asbestos Material from a Property...

Much softer than cement based products, asbestos insulation board when drilled, or damaged, can easily release fibres into the air, which can then be inhaled into the lungs. The fibres are virtually invisible to the naked eye, yet if they lodge into the lining of the lungs, can cause "Pleural Plaques", a permanent scarring that can later lead to hardening of the lung tissue, creating severe breathing difficulties. This is the condition known as Asbestosis, or Mesothelioma - a cancerous condition associated with asbestos exposure.

Blue asbestos, known as Crocilodite, was used in buildings that required strong amounts of insulation - either from heat or from condensation (for example in swimming pools or boiler rooms). This is the most dangerous form of asbestos and must not be disturbed unless it is being removed by experts - usually licensed contractors.

Some AIB boards have been known to contain blue asbestos.

There is no way of knowing what type of asbestos you are dealing with and for this reason, non-qualified people should not attempt to remove it.

If you are worried about asbestos then you should use Whatprice to get free quotes for an asbestos survey today. If you know you have an asbestos problem then use our online quotation form to get up to 5 quotes for asbestos removal from local approved companies

If you want to see examples of asbestos in various forms, then please see http://www.asbestosservices.com/asbestos-gallery - these are images taken from asbestos surveys in the UK and some of them can be quite surprising.

About The Author

David Carter is a qualified asbestos surveyor and consultant from Birmingham, UK. He has conducted many thousands of asbestos surveys and is co-owner of AsbestosServices.com Ltd., a UK based asbestos consultancy.

He runs several asbestos related web sites, the main one being http://www.asbestosservices.com



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"As an update to the article above, the HSE are now routinely asking roofing contractors working on asbestos cement roofs to treat the work as though it\'s licensed, even though asbestos cement is not generally licensed. The difficulty with this, is that by treating it as though it is licensed, this may mean having decontamination units on site. Our advice for all non-domestic work is now to seek the advice of contractors with specific experience of working on this type of project. Much of the problem comes about because of the specific health and safety requirements, in particular, netting."

David Carter

"i got ill as a teenager with a lung infection my employer got me to remove some roof which i now believe contaiend asbestos which makes me realey angrey and i am even moore angry that these materials are being used in peoples homes without them being notified of it and its dangers "

basse

"There is no such thing as a "safe" type of asbestos it is all now classifed as hazardous waste. Do not disturb it unless you are qualified to do so and have taken all appropriate safety precautions. http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/information.htm I know of a neighbour who is currently under HSE investigation for smashing up Asbestos Roofing panels in someones garden without any PPE or safety in situ. Looking forward to seeing him sucking oxygen through a tube in the next 15 years."

Scotty

"This article has clarified for me a report on my garage roof which identified the presence of both white and blue asbestos."

D McMillan

"Turner Newalls Washington. as children we used to play among the Dust. I am 60 but most of my family have died from asbestosis cancer. You have to have that trigger in you system to die from the BIG "C""

Dave

"Hi, I think that I have recently identified the ceiling in my bathroom to be asbestos; and have several questions. The board in question is a dark colour and has a sort of hatched texture, does this sound as if it could be? Is it safe to leave it? If so should I treat it or seal it in any way? Also could I have exposed myself to it? And what are the dangers to myself and how can I avoid further dangers? Thank you for your help."

Matt

"Thanks. Updated"

Admin

"You say "There is no way of knowing what type of asbestos you are dealing with and for this reason, non-qualified people should attempt to remove it." Should this read "..., non-qualified peopele should NOT attempt to remove it"? "

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