When Should You Remove Asbestos?

When Should You Remove Asbestos?

Asbestos is well known as a dangerous substance since it was fully banned in the UK in 1999.  Once breathed in the fibers can eventually lead to serious health issues, including cancer.

Upon discovery that your property has or might have asbestos it is only natural to want it gone.  It might seem counterintuitive but when it comes to the best methods for dealing with asbestos, removal isn’t always the right choice.

Buy why? If it’s so dangerous shouldn’t it be removed as soon as it is discovered?

Asbestos is most dangerous when it is disturbed and the fibers are released into the air, this includes attempting to remove it.  Definitely do not try to remove it yourself, or hire someone inexperienced.

While this is true for most cases, the only way to know for sure is with an

.  By getting a survey from an experienced asbestos survey company, you will be able to determine exactly what state the asbestos is in and whether removal is needed or not.

Removal Can Pose a High Risk

Sometimes removal is not the best cause of action.  In some cases removing asbestos containing materials poses a high risk in both the removal and disposal process and you may be advised against it.

If it is out of the way it may be less likely to be disturbed and any deteriorating fibers are kept away.  One of the methods to managing asbestos is to make it safe by containing it.  This means that even if any fibers are released through deterioration they will be contained and you won’t be at risk from breathing it in.

Cost Can Play a Role

Asbestos removal is time consuming and costly. It can also be disruptive to businesses and homeowners. For these reasons alone many people opt for a maintenance plan instead.  This doesn’t mean it is an inferior, or less safe option.  In a lot of cases little action if any is required. So long as the asbestos is contained or not disturbed it doesn’t pose a risk.

If money and disruption isn’t a concern you may choose to have the asbestos removed for complete peace of mind.  Again, before making this decision be sure to have a survey to ensure that the asbestos can be safely removed.

Thinking of Refurbishing? You Need an Asbestos Survey..

One case where removal may be needed is if you plan to do any refurbishments.  Since such work can disturb the asbestos, it may be necessary to have it removed before the work commences.  It all depends on the location of the asbestos.  Again, as asbestos has no obvious warning signs, it is critical to know where all, if any asbestos is in your property.  The only way to know this is through a professional survey.

Other people are having asbestos removed, does that mean I should?

Asbestos is being removed from buildings up and down the country all the time, but that doesn’t mean it is unsafe to leave it.  Every case is different and removal isn’t always the appropriate cause of action. In most cases it is perfectly safe to keep it where it is, with the appropriate measures the dangerous fibers can be kept from being released and the asbestos poses no threat.   Never assume this to be true without first getting a professional survey done!

 

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