At least 3500 people in Great Britain die each year from mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer as a result of past exposure to asbestos. Annual numbers of deaths are predicted to go on rising into the next decade.
Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in GB from the 1950s through to the mid 1980s. Although some of this material has been removed over the years, there are many thousands of tonnes of asbestos still present in buildings. It is estimated that over a million domestic premises currently have some form of asbestos in them. This will need extensive repair and removal work, which will continue for the foreseeable future as well as building repairs due to removal.
Asbestos can come in many forms and is likely to be found in the opening stages, which is a critical time to establish the form of asbestos that is being dealt with. For a guide on how to spot or where asbestos can be found click the identifying asbestos identifying asbestos link.
Asbestos can potentially be spotted by its 3 varying colours (brown, blue, white) however this is not how you identify the type of asbestos you are dealing with and our first step is to identify what material may contain the asbestos material.
Asbestos Cement - can be found in a range of areas on a building including the pipes and flues but as well as roofing materials including the cladding. It does only contain around 10-15% asbestos fibres however it still isn't safe.
Asbestos Boarding - with up to 40% asbestos material s in ceiling tiles, partitions and other features for creating walls the pale grey material can vary in thickness.
Sprayed Asbestos - Containing the highest percentage of asbestos material ( nearly up to 80% ), sprayed asbestos can be used with a variety of materials and is known for its ability to produce dust. Typically sprayed asbestos is used in textured coating and for the insulation of wooden boards and electrical equipment.
In all cases, asbestos removal requires specialist skills and equipment. Our fully trained staff can identify, contain and safely remove all forms of asbestos from your property. We can contain parts of asbestos by using a method called encapsulation but for more information please call us.
Our workforce are fully equipped to contain, remove, and transport waste asbestos safely, quickly and effectively. Our Buildings Refurbishment and Maintenance divisions are then equipped to make good after removal. We consider ourselves to be a 'One Stop Shop' for asbestos treatment problems.