- WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
- WHERE IS ASBESTOS USED?
- WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
- IDENTIFYING ASBESTOS
- WHAT TO DO?
Advanced Asbestos Abatement Services provides the complete solution to asbestos control whether you are a company, homeowner or business owner. Our company is backed by over 15 years of Industry experience. As a Business that thrives on customer satisfaction, we are proud to offer personal, tailored and professional service in all asbestos projects that we undertake. We Utilize and Adhere to strict UK/EU guidelines when removing Asbestos, and carrying out surveys. We as a Company believe in fair pricing and integrity. We do not believe in outsourcing or subcontracting removals as we believe in accountability.
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Asbestos is basically a group of naturally occurring mineral silicates. The name asbestos comes from a Greek word meaning “unquenchable or indestructible.” There are two main mineralogical classifications of asbestos — serpentines and amphiboles —. Each classification is further sub-divided as follows:Serpentine Asbestos
The main properties that make asbestos useful are its incombustibility, It is also effective as a reinforcing or binding agent when combined with cement or plastic. Building materials containing asbestos in a bound form are typically found in the following locations and products:Building exteriors
Pipes (insulation on either exposed or concealed pipes)
Building products containing asbestos in an unbound or loosely bound form include:
The list of products containing asbestos which are used in applications other than Construction include:
Asbestos is an invisible killer because you cannot see it with the naked eye and it has no odor when released into the air. Asbestos fibers are more than 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. When released into the air, the air-borne fibers quickly circulate throughout the contaminated area. If inhaled, these fibers become trapped in lung tissues. Extensive medical research has shown that asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissue that lines the chest cavity. Worse, the fibers linger permanently in the lungs and can trigger these illnesses a minimum of 10 years up to 60 years after the initial asbestos exposure. Other cancers related to asbestos exposure include cancer of the larynx, trachea, stomach, colon and rectum. While these types of cancer are much rarer than asbestos induced lung cancer, their true incidence is unknown. However, autopsies do show the presence of asbestos in the cancerous tissues.
Generally, you can't tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labeled. If in doubt, treat the material as if it contains asbestos and leave it alone. You may want to have your premises inspected for asbestos-containing materials by a trained and accredited asbestos professional if:
A trained and accredited asbestos professional should take samples for analysis, since a
professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers
are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material
alone. Taking samples yourself is not recommended.
If building materials in your premises aren’t damaged and won’t be disturbed, you do not need to have your premises tested for asbestos. Material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed (by remodeling, for example) should be left alone.
If you think there may be asbestos in your property, don’t panic.
Asbestos-containing materials that aren’t damaged or disturbed are not likely to pose a health risk. Usually the best thing is to leave asbestos-containing material alone if it is in good condition.
Generally, asbestos-containing material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed (by remodeling, for example) will not release asbestos fibers.
Asbestos-containing materials may release fibers when they are disturbed, damaged, removed improperly, repaired, cut, torn, sanded, sawed, drilled or scraped. Keep an eye on asbestos-containing materials and visually check them over time for signs of wear or damage.
If you suspect material contains asbestos, don't touch it. Look for signs of wear or damage such as tears, abrasions, or water damage. Damaged material may release asbestos fibers. This is particularly true if you often disturb it by hitting, rubbing or handling, or if it is exposed to extreme vibration or air flow.
For slightly damaged asbestos-containing material, sometimes the best way to deal with it is to limit access to the area and not to touch or disturb it. If asbestos-containing material is more than slightly damaged or if you are going to make changes in your home that might disturb it, repair or removal by a trained and accredited asbestos professional is needed.
Asbestos Do's and Don'ts
If You Have an Asbestos Problem
If the asbestos-containing material is more than slightly damaged or could be disturbed, there are two types of actions that can be taken by trained and accredited asbestos professionals: repair and removal.
Repair usually involves either sealing or covering asbestos material. With any type of repair, the asbestos remains in place.
Removal may be required when remodeling or making major changes to your property will disturb asbestos-containing material. Also, removal may be called for if asbestos-containing material is damaged extensively and cannot be otherwise repaired. Removal is complex and must be done only by a trained and accredited asbestos professional. Improper removal may actually increase exposure to asbestos fibers.