If you believe that you have asbestos either somewhere in your own home or at your workplace, you might be concerned. Asbestos is well-known as a dangerous substance that has been banned from use in the UK since 1999. Many people, on finding out they have asbestos present in their property, think that they need to get it removed as soon as possible to remove the danger. But this is actually quite rarely the case. Let’s have a look at whether or not you should have asbestos removed.
Don’t assume removal is the only option
Finding out that your property has asbestos in it can be very worrying, but immediately trying to remove it yourself is the wrong move – in many cases this is actually the most dangerous thing that you can do. It is incorrect to remove asbestos that is in good condition as it is unlikely to be a danger to you unless it is disturbed. Additionally the process of removal can be time consuming, and can even be potentially hazardous if the person carrying out the removal is not fully trained.
Have a survey first
It is much more important to have an initial survey carried out on any material that you think might be or contain asbestos. Having a survey will provide you with the details on how much asbestos is contained and what condition the material is in. Experienced asbestos surveyors will then be able to provide you with advice and guidance on your next steps.
Only remove if necessary
Ultimately you should only consider asbestos removal if the material is in very poor condition or the material is likely to be disturbed, for example due to renovations or decorating. Get in contact with a local business that specialises in asbestos removals.