Asbestos is a danger that is present in many buildings throughout the UK. Whether commercial or residential, there is a huge number of buildings that used asbestos within construction before the full ban came into place in 1999. This is why there is such a big need for access to licensed asbestos survey companies. With the assistance of asbestos management services, the owner of a building, landlord, homeowner, or business owner, can begin to come to terms with the amount of asbestos containing materials present in the building they are responsible for and look for a safe and effective way to manage that hazard. One area in which asbestos was widely used in the past was in insulation for buildings.
What types of insulation are you likely to find asbestos in though?
There are many different types of asbestos insulation, as it was an extremely common material that was used for insulation purposes. This was especially the case during the construction boom of the 1950s and 1960s. This is why it is so important to be careful when working on older houses, as it is likely that there will be some form of asbestos present in the structure, especially where you look at insulation.
Loose Fill Insulation – Loose asbestos was used extensively when putting in place loft insulation. Aside from in the loft though, loose fill asbestos was also used as insulation underneath floorboards and also inside cavity walls. You’ll see this type of insulation in both residential and commercial properties. You can identify this type of asbestos insulation, as it is fluffy in nature and is either white or a blue-ish grey colour.
Pipe Insulation – Another popular place in a property to use asbestos for insulation was around pipes, around boilers and heating systems. There are a few different types of appearance that you might see for this type of asbestos insulation, making it difficult to identify. This is due to the fact that even though it is usually flaky in nature and may appear to be in powder form, many pipe insulation has been painted over with a different colour or with a protective coating.
Insulating Board – AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) is one of the most common materials used within the construction trade. It was used extensively in both commercial and residential buildings. It was used as a material that would be fireproof and used in the construction of ceiling tiles, partition walls, panels below windows and lift shaft linings.
All of these types of asbestos insulation can be removed with the help of licensed asbestos removal operators.
Once you have discovered that there is asbestos present in a building that you are responsible for, it is vital that you immediately look for a solution to the problem. If there is any chance that asbestos fibres can be breathed in by people living or working in the building in question, you are putting their lives in danger by not acting quickly enough to remove asbestos containing materials. With the help of asbestos testing contractors, you can ensure that any insulation that contains asbestos is discovered, analysed and removed safely should it be required. You can never be too careful with asbestos and that is why it is imperative that you seek the assistance of a licensed asbestos management company to follow strict regulatory procedures.