How to Remove Asbestos – Can You Remove Asbestos Yourself?
In the age of DIYers the question is always posed: can I do this myself? In most cases, the answer would be yes, not quite to the standards of professionals, but it’s worth a try! However, when it comes to asbestos removal, it’s a little more complicated, as there are so many dangers associated with this building material.
Using our extensive knowledge and experience, we can tell you why it’s best to leave this down to the professionals.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibres that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. These qualities make the mineral extremely useful, particularly as an insulating material, however they also make asbestos exposure highly toxic.
When disturbed, the soft fibres are released and can become trapped in the body, over time causing inflammation, and in more severe cases, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer).
Debunking Asbestos Related Rumours…
Finding asbestos isn’t actually dangerous. For years, builders have used asbestos as a bona fide building material, lending its strength to other weaker but useful substances, such as concrete.
In fact, asbestos in your property only becomes a risk to your health if it’s disturbed. The risk comes from the soft and flexible asbestos fibres when they are released into the air. If these are inhaled, they can become trapped in the body, causing diseases such as Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and Asbestosis.
So, finding asbestos isn’t a problem in itself. However, once you’re aware of the possibility of asbestos being present, you’re then under a legal obligation to manage the risks.
How to Identify Asbestos Products
Asbestos fibres cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, making it incredibly difficult to identify. Unless the material is clearly marked as asbestos, the only way to detect asbestos with certainty, is to hire an accredited asbestos inspector.
The First Steps to Asbestos Management
The approach you take to asbestos management is critical, and you should never attempt asbestos removal yourself. If you suspect that you may have asbestos-containing materials in your property, contact asbestos management and removal specialists such as Rainbow International who will be able to conduct a full risk assessment of the site.
Enlist The Help of Asbestos Removal Specialists That You Trust
Rainbow has specialist teams across the country, trained in asbestos removal. From conducting an initial survey to applying for any licences and setting up exclusion zones, Rainbow will take care of your asbestos removal from start to finish.
If you have or are lead to believe that there is asbestos in your home or business premises, feel free to get in contact with one of our professional asbestos testing and removal experts today, or head to our branch finder to see if there is a franchise near you.