You may not be aware, but there are still lots of houses around which include Asbestos. We’ll go into a little more detail about what Asbestos is further down.
I have noticed garages where the roof material includes asbestos. Your roof containing Asbestos may look similar to this, but please do get it checked out by a professional.
Asbestos, when undisturbed is fine, but if you have a roof which is damaged and releasing dust, you need to get it checked out by a professional as it may need repairing or even removing depending on the damage.
Abestos is not just included within some garage roofs, but was also used within different kinds of materials. It’s no longer used, but still exists in properties from the time of build.
Asbestos needs to be removed and disposed of by someone who knows what they are doing. It should not be dumped or left in the garden. Professional Asbestos companies will remove and take away such material straight away. It’s usually double packed before disposed.
So what is Asbestos?
Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are most common.
Although asbestos fibers are microscopic in nature, they are extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns. These properties of asbestos were the reasons that supported its use for many years in a number of different commercial and industrial capacities. The strength of asbestos, combined with its resistance to heat, allowed it to become the material of choice in a variety of products, including, but not limited to, roofing shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement compounds, textile products, and automotive parts. Asbestos is now strictly regulated as exposure to this toxic mineral can now be directly and scientifically linked to a number of lung and respiratory conditions including mesothelioma.
Why Is Asbestos Hazardous?
The use of asbestos sharply declined in the late 1970s when it became evident that asbestos posed a threat to human health and safety. Today, asbestos is classified as a known human carcinogen. The property of durability which made asbestos so desirable to manufacturers is that which makes asbestos hazardous. Asbestos fibers are microscopic (roughly .02 the diameter of a human hair), and therefore, are easily inhaled. Once inhaled, the fibers cling to the respiratory system, including the lining of the lungs and inner cavity tissue. As asbestos fibers are typically quite rigid, they become lodged in the soft internal tissue of the respiratory system and are not easily expelled or broken down by the body.
While asbestos exposure is hazardous, not all asbestos products are inherently hazardous. Because asbestos must be inhaled to represent a health risk, only loose asbestos fibers or those in the air supply (a condition known as friable) represent a true hazard. Stable asbestos compounds, such as intact cement, tiles, or other products, are generally not an immediate hazard. Exposure to friable asbestos fibers was common when grinding, chipping, demolishing, or retrofitting asbestos products. Each of these functions could potentially release asbestos into the air supply where it would be easily inhaled.
For more info , you can carry out further research on what Asbestos is by searching on the Internet. There is lots of information out there. Most Asbestos companies will provide free advise over the phone.
Please do carry out further research into Asbestos if you are deciding to knock down a garage or carry out a loft conversion, which may include asbestos material. If using a professional builder, they’ll carry out their checks, or call in a professional to get it checked out.
If unsure whether you have Asbestos, there are companies who will charge between £40 – £80 to come out, take a sample and let you know the result after a lab test.
If you know of a builder who is knocking down a building/garage which includes asbestos and dumping it illegally, report them to the council.