Asbestos is a material that was once widely used for insulation and other purposes. In its heyday it was considered to be a miracle material that bought insulation and safety at a fraction of a cost of other materials. As time went by, though, we learned that it was actually very dangerous to us. Many people have suffered as a result, with some even losing their lives. This might lead some people to wonder if they have asbestos in their home.
New Homes Are Safe
The use of asbestos in the UK was banned outright as recently as 1999, with some types (such as crocidolite) being banned in 1985. What this means is that if your home was built after 1999, there should be no asbestos within the home at all. If you do live in a home that was built before this time, and it has not seen any major renovations, there’s a chance that asbestos is present.
What to Do?
Asbestos is only dangerous when it has been disturbed and the fibres are present in the air. This means that, in most cases, you are not in immediate danger. Still, though, this does not mean that it should be taken lightly. Considering the consequences involved, it just is not worth taking any risk with the material.
If you do think you have asbestos in your home, contact your local authorities. Whatever you do, do not try and deal with the problem by yourself. For asbestos to be removed safely requires the right training, and the right equipment.
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