Domestic vs Commercial Asbestos Removal
First things first we should talk about what asbestos is, asbestos is a natural fibre that used to be used in construction until the late 1990s. There are three types of asbestos fibres including crocidolite, amosite and chrysotile. Asbestos used to be used in buildings for insulation purposes but is now banned in the UK, however, some homes built before 2000 may still have asbestos in them.
If asbestos is intact it poses very little risk, however, if it is damaged or disturbed and the fibres are released into the environment and as a result into your lungs, it can damage your lungs and their lining as well as cause other illnesses.
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Domestic Asbestos Removal
It is extremely important to consider that asbestos may be in your home before any refurbishment, construction or demolition work is done. A team of professional asbestos removal specialists can help remove asbestos from your home, allowing you to carry out the work in a safe manner.
Commercial Asbestos Removal
Keeping your staff safe is of the utmost importance when you own a business or commercial property. If you are carrying out any work on your property you need to remove any asbestos first. With a team of professionals, asbestos will be removed in a timely manner, allowing your business to continue running smoothly with little distractions.
Why You Should Consider Asbestos Removal For Domestic & Commercial Properties
Asbestos has been known to be linked to illnesses such as mesothelioma which is a rare form of cancer that affects the linings in your lungs, heart and even your abdomen. This is just one of the reasons why asbestos should be removed, however, it is important to remember that asbestos should be removed by a professional as it could be very dangerous otherwise.
If your property was built in the early 1940s all the way to the 1970s then you may want to consider having an asbestos survey, as there could be asbestos in places you wouldn’t think to look. Doing the job yourself can present risks and unintentional exposure causing the accidental spread of dangerous particles. Professionals will have the skills, equipment and expertise to safely remove asbestos wherever it may be in your home or workplace.
Did you know that asbestos kills around 5000 workers each year? This number is actually more than the number of people that are killed on roads. When asbestos is damaged or disturbed the fibres are released into the air which as mentioned earlier can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately and often do take a long time to develop but this does mean that once diagnosed it is often too late to do anything. It is for this exact reason that you need to protect yourself and your loved ones now.
Serious diseases include:
- Lung Cancer
- Pleural thickening
The risk of disease does depend on factors including how much asbestos is in the air, how long your exposure is, how much time has passed since exposure , whether a person already has a lung condition and whether the person smokes tobacco. It is still important to eliminate the risk altogether with an asbestos removal service.
If you are concerned about asbestos exposure please visit your doctor and they will then decide if additional testing is necessary. Asbestos cannot be removed from the lungs, which is why preventative measures are for the best. You can prevent this with regular medical checks, vaccinations, quitting smoking and avoiding any further asbestos exposure if possible.
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