Asbestos Removers FAQs

While removing asbestos may seem like a medial task, the fact of the matter is that removing asbestos requires a lot of expertise otherwise it can be extremely dangerous. In this guide, we will explore some of the most common questions asked about asbestos removal.

Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?

The asbestos particle is extremely dangerous when inhaled. Breathing in its particles can cause cancer of the lungs and chest lining. Did you know that asbestos fibres cause 3000 death per year in the UK alone? That is a truly horrifying fact, and a great reason why an amateur should not try and take on removal without any guidance. Breathing in asbestos fibres does not often show instant signs, in fact, signs may not show until 15-60 years later, and unfortunately there is no cure.

Where Can I Find Asbestos?

Asbestos was used in construction as much as 4,500 years ago, but it was not until the 1920’s that scientists discovered the extent of the problems it could cause to a human being.  It was not until the 1930’s that the UK regulated ‘proper ventilation’ on areas of work that use asbestos. Currently it is illegal to use asbestos in building construction, and any other use is severely regulated to protect the employee. However, because this change was not made until recently, asbestos is still found in the majority of buildings (excluding new builds).

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Asbestos?

Asbestos removal requires qualified professionals to carry out the job. On average a 15sqm room costs about £1,000 for removal but prices do vary a lot, therefore, it is always best to look around. You need to make sure that the company you decide to take on has all the industry standards; otherwise you could be putting yourself at risk. If you are buying a new house then ask if there is any asbestos on property, if there is then you can use this to reduce the cost.

Is This Not A Concern?

No, unless you disturb the asbestos particles they will not affect you. Therefore, if you ever get any interior of exterior building work, in an area where you think there might be Asbestos you should ask for a second and probably third opinion. If there is asbestos in the area, you need to make sure it is removed professionally. Do not worry; while this may sound scary, the chances of you disturbing asbestos particles to a level that it could do anything are slim to none.

How Can I Get Rid Of Asbestos?

The best way to get rid of asbestos is to get it professionally removed; however, if this is not an option, then you can dispose of it as hazardous waste at the majority of landfill sites. If this is something that you do take on then make sure you know what you are doing. Also, inform the landfill, because you need to find out how much it will cost, and if they will even accept it.