What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres – before its dangers were known and it was banned in the UK, asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing and sprayed on ceilings and walls. It can be present in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.
How Can it Harm Me?
When materials that contain asbestos are damaged or disturbed, fibres are released into the air – when they are inhaled they can cause serious diseases, such as lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and pleural thickening.
How Do I Identify Asbestos?
It’s difficult to find out if your property contains asbestos – this is why it’s a good idea to get a surveyor or a qualified asbestos professional to take a look at the house as they are more likely to identify asbestos within the property.
You can look out for certain materials that have a high chance of containing asbesos – roofs made from corrugated cement sheeting, for example, or vinyl tiles in bathrooms.