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Removing asbestos from your home

Posted on by Asbestos Waste Solutions Limited

Since the dangerous effects of asbestos were widely publicised and the material was banned in 1999, strict laws have been put in place regarding its removal and disposal as it is now considered to be hazardous waste. The extensive use of asbestos in the construction industry means that if your home was built before 2000, there is a risk that it may contain this hazardous material.

Here, we explain what action you should take if you suspect that there is asbestos in your home to ensure it is removed safely.

Where might there be asbestos in my home?

From entire homes built before 2000, to renovated homes which still have older parts, a number of properties across the UK may contain asbestos. Common locations where asbestos cement may be found include:

  • Garage or shed roofs/wall panels
  • Drain pipes
  • Side of bath panels

Not only that, asbestos insulation board may be found in your:

  • Soffit
  • Infill panels
  • Partitions

What should I do if I think there is asbestos in my home?

First and foremost, you should not attempt to repair or remove any asbestos yourself without getting advice from a fully qualified professional. If you suspect that there are asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your home, you must refrain from touching them as disturbed asbestos can pose a major threat to you and your family.  

If the asbestos is in good condition and is unlikely to become damaged by any construction or maintenance work, you must leave it exactly where it is. It’s worth remembering to check the asbestos every now and then to see whether its condition has changed over time – if you notice any damage or deterioration, you must consult a professional immediately.

Should I remove asbestos myself?

In cases where asbestos has been disturbed or is in poor condition, the material will need to be repaired, sealed or removed to help control any risks. The dangers associated with working with asbestos means all work involving this hazardous material needs to be carried out by a licensed contractor who has undergone the relevant training.

Safety is paramount when working with asbestos, which is why you must not attempt to carry out any work involving this material yourself. By hiring the expertise of an accredited asbestos removal company, you can rest assured knowing that all work will be carried out in line with the relevant health and safety regulations.

According to the HSE, when searching for a competent asbestos surveyor you should check for relevant accreditations or certification for assurance of their training, experience and good practice. As one of the leading national accreditation bodies, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) can help you find a suitable surveyor who will detect any asbestos in your property and provide advice on what action to take next.

When it comes to the safe removal of asbestos, choosing a member of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) will ensure all work is carried out to the highest standards in the asbestos removal industry.

How do I dispose of this hazardous waste?

As a proud member of ARCA, here at Asbestos Waste Solutions we offer the most practical, professional way to dispose of your asbestos waste, ensuring all work is completed safely and efficiently.

Not only that, we also offer alternative disposal options – including our transfer station – and can provide asbestos identification and quantification testing. Whether you require an emergency response or just have a general enquiry, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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