When it comes to hazardous materials that can be found in your home, the majority of people will think of asbestos. Over recent years there has been an increase in media coverage on asbestos and what it can mean for your health.
Here at ComptonSpares.com, we have many years of experience in working with asbestos and we have built up extensive knowledge on the material. So to help you understand more about what asbestos is, what it can mean for your home and asbestos removal information, we have put together this guide.
What Is Asbestos?
Whilst it is often thought of as a man-made chemical; asbestos is a natural fibrous rock. It comes in a variety of different types, however it is often seen used in properties in just 3 main types:
- Amosite – known as brown asbestos and mainly used in cement sheet and pipe insulation, but can also be found in insulating board, ceiling tiles and thermal insulation products.
- Chrysotile – the most common form of asbestos and can be found in roofs, ceilings, walls and floors.
- Crocidolite – this is blue asbestos, known for having the best heat resistance, and was commonly used to insulate steam engines and in some spray-on coatings, pipe insulation and cement products.
Why Was It Used?
Asbestos is an incredibly versatile mineral that has a whole host of uses. It is known to be heat resistant, strong and provides insulating properties too. This why it has been seen used in a variety of different ways; everything from building fire-proof vests up to the building of commercial properties.
Asbestos was widely used in buildings up until 1999, meaning that a lot of properties will have asbestos in some variety. It is now most often seen used in the construction of garages in domestic properties.
Is Asbestos Bad For Your Health?
Yes! Asbestos can be extremely dangerous; in fact it has been attributed to some forms of cancers and a number of deaths in workers who handle asbestos regularly.
However, it is important to remember that asbestos is only an issue when it is damaged. When this occurs a large amount of fibres will be released into the air. If these fibres are breathed in, they can cause huge issues to your health. This is why it is important to ensure that any asbestos in your home or garage is handled and dealt with properly.
Always Call An Expert
If you are concerned about asbestos in your garage then why not speak to the team here at ComptonSpares.com. We can give you advice on what to do with asbestos removal and come out to your property to safely dispose of the material and give you back your peace of mind – we even offer a specialist asbestos testing service.
Whether you want to extend, renovate or perhaps build a new garage, we can offer you the support and guidance that you need. Call our team today on 0800 318359 for more information.