Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Where Can Asbestos Be Found?

Asbestos is a well known hazardous material nowadays and has been known as such for a good twenty plus years now. But there was a time when it was considered to be almost a super material and used en masse throughout residential and commercial properties. Unfortunately, it was used so frequently that a lot of buildings still retain asbestos in many hidden areas. This needs to be addressed by professionals who know how to safely remove it without causing any health risks.

So, the question is, just where might asbestos be lurking in your property? Here are a few examples of the most common places that asbestos can be found, so you can then find out and if necessary, do something about it. 

Firstly, asbestos can be found in certain types of cement. There are tests and analysis that can be carried out, if a surveyor suspects asbestos cement. This kind of asbestos can be found on cement roofs on larger agricultural buildings, wall cladding, guttering of warehouses and cement flues, found in some ventilation systems.

Asbestos, rather alarmingly was used in many textured coatings of domestic properties, due to its heat protective properties. These decorative touches were seen on both walls and ceilings. One of the better known examples of this was Artex, which is now seen as potentially hazardous and should be taken down; if it was installed before the late 1970’s when asbestos was still being used.

Asbestos can be uncovered in floor tiles, which may be laying unknown underneath carpets or laminate.
Certain textile materials contain asbestos and there may be evidence of this behind a fuse box. They used to make fire blankets and other heat resistant objects such as safety gloves from asbestos, because it had the quality of repelling high temperatures.

Asbestos was often used as an insulation material too and can be found under roofs of lots of buildings, both domestic and commercial. It was also installed to create protection against fire to steel beams and under floors where columns were found.

Other places that asbestos can be found to reside in are within lift shafts linings, between partition walls, the panels of fire doors, amongst boilers and other sorts of heated pipes, lagging, lofts, cavity walls and in panelling underneath windows.
Hopefully this highlights just how much asbestos was used in all areas of a property, so if you are concerned, then call in an expert and don’t try to remove it yourself.

If you need an asbestos removal team to get rid of any asbestos in your home or business premises we would be more than happy to help.