If you’ve recently bought an old home that you’re looking to renovate and live in and you’ve been made aware of the presence of asbestos in the building, it is important that you take the right steps to get this material removed before you start any work and move in.
Wondering if your home contains asbestos or asbestos-containing products? Our experienced advisors have put together a helpful blog to explain the general rules. Please keep this rule in mind when looking at buying a property, especially an older property, one that has been rundown or abandoned for quite a long period of time.
As a general rule:
- If your house was built before the mid-1980s – it is highly likely it will contain asbestos-containing products.
- If your house was built between the mid-1980s and 1990 – it is likely that it will contain asbestos-containing products.
- If your house was built in the 1990s or any time after that – it is unlikely that it will contain any asbestos-containing products.
Always make sure you are vigilant when looking at buying a new home by looking for asbestos or asking if there is any record of it containing asbestos.
At Total Waste Services, we are experts in residential waste removal and we also specialise in the safe and professional removal of waste from households. We’ve put together this guide for household owners to help them find the best way to safely and effectively remove asbestos from their properties.
What is Asbestos?
Before you can fully understand how to remove asbestos and why it is so important to use professional services to remove this material from your home, you should first understand what it actually is.
Asbestos is a term used to describe a group of minerals made up of microscopic fibres. If you breathe in these fibres, they sit deep within the lungs and can cause serious damage to your lungs and your overall health.
Before the dangers of this substance were known, it was actually a popular material to use in buildings for insulation flooring and roofing purposes.
It is only when materials are damaged or disturbed that the tiny yet damaging particles are released into the air and breathed into your lungs. Due to this, asbestos cannot simply be placed in household waste, it must be correctly removed by experts in residential waste removal and disposed of correctly to ensure no harm is caused to the home’s occupants or those nearby.
Asbestos can cause a range of health issues and asbestos-related issues. These include pleural plaques, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Why Remove Asbestos?
There are many reasons why someone should remove asbestos from their home, besides the obvious risks it can pose to your health. More than anything, removing asbestos as soon as you find it in your home is a great preventative step to avoid you or your family from suffering from health-related effects due to this material.
If you are planning on demolishing or renovating a property, particularly one in a residential area where other homes are close by, you will need to ensure any asbestos is removed. If it is broken or disturbed during the demolition or renovation process, it can affect others around you, not just yourself.
Where To Look for Asbestos…
Due to it being such a versatile material and being so widely used up until the mid-1980s, asbestos can appear in different areas of the home. However, asbestos particles themselves are not visible to the eye and are airborne, making them hard to identify. However, you can search for the main source of the asbestosis. The most common places it can show up in are:
- eaves, soffits, gutters and rainwater fall pipes
- garage and shed roofs
- linings for walls, ceilings and doors
- insulation panels in some storage heaters
- central heating and boiler flues
- floor tiles
- decorative finishes
Make sure that if you do locate any asbestos in your home, do not touch, move or disturb the material in any way. Leave this part to residential waste removal experts.
If you really aren’t sure where to look or you aren’t confident to do so, you can contact professionals to come and look at this for you. By doing this, you can ensure any asbestos is located so it can then be appropriately disposed of.
Easy Asbestos Disposal
Please do not attempt to remove or dispose of any asbestos in your home by yourself. You must also not put any asbestos in household waste or recycling collections. Instead, once asbestos has been located, contact your local waste removal services. If you’re based in or around the Liverpool or Manchester areas, you can take advantage of Total Waste Services.
We have years of experience in the professional disposal of residential waste and this can include the removal of asbestos from your family home. We use a range of waste removal tools and equipment to ensure any last traces of asbestos are removed from your home and disposed of in line with the laws based on asbestos disposal.
Contact Us For Residential Waste Removal Today
Do you have asbestos or any other forms of waste or rubbish in your home that you need to get rid of quickly and professionally? If so, get in touch with the team here at Total Waste Services. We pride ourselves in offering fast and reliable waste removal services to all our customers as well as a friendly and approachable team of waste removal experts.
If you are based in either Liverpool or Manchester area or anywhere surrounding these cities, we can quickly and conveniently respond to your query and find you the best waste removal solution for your domestic project.
We also offer other waste removal services including the option for household owners to hire skips to help them with their home renovation projects or grab hire which is perfect for soil and stones. If you do not have a permit to rent a skip outside your property, how about taking advantage of our man with van service.
Whatever your project and whatever kind of waste you need to remove or dispose of, we can help you!