When It Comes to Asbestos, Assume the Worst


When considering the potential for hidden asbestos, it's best to assume that it is there rather than the opposite. Consequently, if you intend to renovate a building constructed in the last century, you definitely need to err on the side of caution. What approach should you take, and is the work likely to be costly?

Extensive Risk

Asbestos is one of the horror stories associated with the construction industry. In the "old days," it was used extensively for insulation, roofing, flooring and other internal structures. It was cheap, relatively easy to work with and in many respects a builder's dream, but eventually, scientists and health experts concluded that it was particularly dangerous.

As you may know, inhaled asbestos can cause serious damage to the lungs, which can lead to cancer and other illnesses. As such, it is now heavily regulated, and you will need to take a great deal of care before you begin any renovation work.

Hidden Enemy

Asbestos particles are microscopic. You may not be able to see them floating in the air, and as they are so small, they can easily find their way into your lung tissue without any obvious effect. Renovation, in this case, must be all about containment, therefore. But first, you will need to bring in experts to identify exactly what you have to deal with.


Asbestos was mixed with many other materials during construction and installation. Therefore, you will need a comprehensive survey to determine if you have any asbestos in your building and how much is there, which can only be conducted by experts.


If this testing identifies the presence of asbestos, it has to be removed carefully. The entire area must be sealed off, and workers will need to wear personal protective equipment as they progress. As it is removed, it is placed into special bags, and they will then be transported to a dedicated facility for processing.

Cost Estimation

Costs will vary according to the extent of the present asbestos, the type of facility and the difficulties that may be encountered. You need to take into account the number of skilled tradesmen required, the materials they will need and the associated cost of removal.

Not Worth the Risk

Remember, you can't afford to take any shortcuts here. You will certainly want to avoid any problems with the regulator as you could otherwise face a substantial fine, should asbestos be released into the surrounding air.

Your Next Step

Get in touch with an asbestos removal company to start the ball rolling.


26 October 2021

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