Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was a popular building material up until 1999. Mostly used for insulation and fire-proofing, it isn’t uncommon to find it in a large majority of houses today but, once disturbed, it becomes a lethal substance. Protect your home, protect your family.

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WHAT IS ASBESTOS?

Was your home built or modified before the year 2000?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was a popular building material up until 1999. Mostly used for insulation and fire-proofing, it isn’t uncommon to find it in a large majority of houses today but, once disturbed, it becomes a potentially lethal substance.

What are the risks?

Asbestos doesn’t present an immediate health hazard, but once it starts to degrade, loose fibres are released into the air. It is when these loose fibres are inhaled that it causes serious health issues, including fatal lung diseases.
Asbestos was banned in 1999 due to the high number of related deaths it caused.

What should I look out for?

Asbestos comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. The three common types are blue, brown and white asbestos, which are found in many building products. What makes it difficult to identify is the fact that it was often mixed with other materials, so it can be hard to know if you’ve found it or not.

Where can it be found?

Asbestos is commonly found in ceilings, roofs and within walls, but there are other popular areas that often go unnoticed. In particular, asbestos found its way into products like ceiling tiles, floor tiles, pipe insulation, boilers, sprayed coatings and garage roof tiles. It can also be found under sinks, behind tiles, around pipes and even in some old paint. Even very visible asbestos is difficult to notice straight away if you’re unsure where to look, so we’ve put together a diagram, on the page below, to help you identify some common areas where it can be found.

How can we help?

Asbestos can be very difficult to recognise, but Asbestos in Homes are experts at safely identifying and removing Asbestos from your home. We make it our job to protect you and your family from all potential danger. If you’re unsure at any time, get in touch and we can help put your mind at ease.
We also work with construction companies, providing them with the legal safety documentation that they need in order to carry out work on your home.

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WHERE CAN ASBESTOS BE FOUND IN YOUR HOUSE?

Look for the following signs of risk . . .

Asbestos is most commonly found in flat or corrugated roofs, or in wall sheeting on external garages and sheds. However it can also be found in some lesser-known areas such as in or behind tiles, around pipes, under sinks or in sprayed coatings and paints.

The diagram below shows some locations where Asbestos is regularly found. Please hover your mouse on the red circles below:

Roofing Tiles

Flue/Down Pipes

Undercloacking

Water Tank

Soffit / Fascia Boards

Guttering

Toilet Cistern

Bath Panel

Sink Pad

Floor Tiles

Garage Roof

Garage Ceiling

Flooring Adhesive

Airing Cupboard Doors

Textured Coating (artex)

Shed Roof

Cement Shed

Boiler Flue Pipe

Who is at risk?

Asbestos wasn’t fully banned as a building material until 1999, so anybody inside a building that was either built or refurbished before that date, or currently undergoing construction work, is at risk of asbestos exposure.
If you think you may be in danger of having asbestos in your home then please get in touch and we’ll talk you through our solution. Remember that, unless disturbed, asbestos is not a health risk.

HEALTH RISKS

The more you know, the safer you and your family will be
Although it is never easy to think about, knowing the health risks can help you to prevent them.
Exposure to asbestos is responsible for around 4000 deaths in the UK every year, and the symptoms can take anywhere from 15 to 60 years to develop. It is really important to know what to look out for, and to contact specialists,such as Asbestos In Homes, if you are unsure about any of the risks. We, at Asbestos In Homes, are here to help protect you.
Here are a few asbestos-related diseases that can occur:

Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the ‘mesothelium’; a thin lining in your chest and abdomen. Even low levels of asbestos can cause it and it is unfortunately incurable.

Asbestos-related lung cancer
Similar to smoking, exposure to asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer. It develops in the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs, and can grow both within and spread outside the lung.

Asbestosis
Asbestosis is a serious type of scarring of the lung caused by high levels of exposure to asbestos fibres. This causes the lungs to shrink, resulting in breathlessness.

Pleural Plaques
Significant asbestos exposure can cause Pleural Plaques that describes areas of scar tissue on the lining of the lung (pleura), however, most commonly the lining of the rib cage (parietal pleura). Pleural plaques can be a symptomless disease although some victims experience pain or an uncomfortable grating sensation when breathing.

Pleural Thickening
Heavy asbestos expose can lead to pleural thickening; the scarring of the lining of the lung (pleura). This lining thickens and swells, squeezing the lung and causing breathlessness and discomfort.

WHAT IF I HAVE ASBESTOS?

How to manage asbestos: Having asbestos doesn’t necessarily mean ‘remove it’. Sometimes it is safer to leave asbestos alone and create a managed environment; attempting to remove it incorrectly can cause a much greater risk. Whatever your situation, it is safest to talk to trained professionals like Asbestos in Homes, to take you through your options.
We’ll identify the material, evaluate the situation and then make the best informed decision on what to do next. If the asbestos is starting to degrade and causes a risk, then Asbestos in Homes can remove and dispose of it professionally and safely.
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WHAT IF I DISTURB ASBESTOS?

Asbestos waste should only be handled by specialists and taken to a licensed disposal site.

This protects others from disturbing it in future and becoming exposed to the risks.
It may be tempting to get asbestos out of your house as fast as possible, but using a domestic vacuum cleaner, dustbin or skip, only puts more people at risk.

There are strict guidelines and regulations for asbestos removal and the hazardous waste disposal, it is important to leave it to the experts. All asbestos waste must be transported to licensed disposal sites in suitable containers that prevent the fibres from being released into the air. An environmental license to carry asbestos waste is also needed.

We will make the removal and disposal process quick and safe for everyone.

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UNDERSTANDING THE REGULATIONS

Legal and safe disposal of asbestos
There are strict guidelines and regulations for asbestos management, removal and the hazardous waste disposal - it is important to leave it to the experts.

The main regulations that surround asbestos are the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

These regulations are put in place to protect everyone either directly involved or who may become involved (such a members of the public/emergency services). This helps to minimise the risk of an incident.

Unsure if your material is hazardous?
Get it tested.
The only way to confirm 100% that something is asbestos is to get it tested.

All asbestos materials must be disposed of at a licensed disposal site.
If you’re unsure on what to do, Asbestos in Homes have the expert knowledge and experience to advise you.

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HAVING WORK CARRIED OUT AT HOME?

CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS 2015

Am I a domestic client?
If you're having works carried out at home it is important to understand your duties and responsibilties under current regulations.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/51/contents/made

A domestic client is any individual who has construction work carried out on their home, or the home of a family member, that is not done as part of any business. While these regulations place duties on commercial clients in full, the duties for domestic clients normally pass to the contractor or principal contractor.

The Importance of a contractor / principal contractor
As a domestic client undergoing construction work, you must follow regulations that have been put in place to keep you and your family safe. If you have appointed an architect or designer for the proposed works that involve more than one contractor you can ask them to manage the project and take on these responsibilities as a principal designer. A written agreement between the domestic client and the architect / designer, must be in place.

Throughout your project, the principal contractor or designer will ensure that all pre-construction information is relevant to the project. This information includes the health and safety file for your project, as well as an asbestos survey and structural drawings. All information must contain an appropriate level of detail and be proportionate to the nature of the risks. A professional contractor will give you this complete peace of mind.

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HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?

Most local authorities do not provide a service to remove, dispose of, or transport asbestos waste materials…
Asbestos is a hazardous material that must be identified, handled, removed and disposed of safely. Every homeowner has a duty of care to protect those around them from the harmful effects of asbestos.

Only specialist contactors that carry the appropriate licenses can remove, dispose and transport asbestos. Without these appropriate licenses you could face prosecution for breaking various laws.

Alternatively, if you wish it use a skip hire company, you must ensure they are a registered waste carrier and present you with a valid consignment note for the waste.

Things that may increase your asbestos risks

Has your property been broken into?
Are you planning on carrying out any DIY?
Have you suffered from a water leak?

These things are all likely to affect the asbestos within any materials, freeing the fibres and causing health risks to those surrounding them.

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WHAT TO DO NEXT?

If you think that asbestos is present in your property, call the specialists…
It is important not to panic if you think that your home could contain asbestos; it is not a health risk until it is disturbed or starts to degrade. If there is damage or deterioration that is when the risk becomes higher, and it is important to get in touch with professionals.

We want to help protect your home and the people inside it.

Tradespeople working on your home may not know about asbestos… Genuinely, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to protect any tradesperson from exposure to asbestos fibres.

It is always better to be safe than sorry and to discuss any concerns that you may have with construction companies who plan to work on your property.

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USEFUL LINKS

British Lung Foundation
www.blf.org.uk

Health & Safety Executive
hse.gov.uk/asbestos/hiddenkiller

NHS Choices
www.nhs.uk

Directgov
www.direct.gov.uk

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