Asbestos is a health threat that hardly needs any introduction. The adverse effects of asbestos exposure are known to many people. However, only a few can properly identify asbestos containing material (ACM) inside the house.
One of the common ACM’s is the home attic insulation. Here we will take a look at some of the ways in which, you can identify whether the insulation in your house contain asbestos. Also, you will know what to do in case asbestos exposure is identified.
1. House Made Prior to 2000
If your house was constructed before 2000 in the UK, there is an increased likelihood that the insulation material contains asbestos. Due to high heat resistance properties, asbestos was commonly used as a fire insulation material. The UK government introduced the Asbestos Prohibitions Amendment Regulations in November 1999. While newer houses do not generally have asbestos insulation, older houses are highly likely to contain the dangerous material.
2. Insulation Properties
Normal insulation material such as fiberglass tends to fluff up, not unlike a snow drift. On the other hand, asbestos insulation lays firm in the joist cavity. So, if you find that the insulation lays flat in the cavity, your house insulation may have asbestos insulation.
The colour of the insulation material can also help in identifying whether the house contains asbestos insulation. Generally, asbestos insulation is silver-gold or grey-browncolour. The insulation has a pebble-like texture that is caused due to the particle puffing up when subjected to heat.
3. Asbestos Survey
Taking a small sample can also help in identifying asbestos insulation. Licensed asbestos removal contractors can analyse the sample for you. They use polarizing light microscopy or other methods to find out whether the insulation really contains asbestos.
In case the asbestos survey result shows that the insulation material contains asbestos, you need to quickly contact a professional asbestos removal company to inspect and remove the material if necessary.
Why Identifying and Disposing Asbestos is Important?
Asbestos is a lightweight mineral that when become airborne can lead to serious health issues. Individuals who are exposed to asbestos fibres are at increased risk of developing lung problems. In some cases, cardiopulmonary death occurs due to the body not getting enough oxygen.
No safe level of asbestos has been determined. So, it’s important that you take immediate actions to protect your family from the airborne disease.
Keep in mind that asbestos removal is not a DIY task. Asbestos removal should be carried out by trained and experiment personnel. In case you try to remove the asbestos insulation yourself, asbestos fibres can release into the air. That’s why you should never remove the insulation and let the experts do their job.
If you want more information about how to dispose asbestos in Hounslow, London, or surrounding areas, you can contact Asbestos Removal London.
You can get in touch with one of our experts by dialling (0208) 191 7275.