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What to Do If You Suspect Asbestos in Your Home

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Introduction

Discovering potential asbestos in your home can be unsettling. It’s important to understand the risks and the correct steps to take to ensure safety without compromising the integrity of your property or health.

Understanding Asbestos

Asbestos, a once-popular building material due to its resistance to heat and corrosion, is now known for its health risks, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Properties built in the UK before 1999 may contain asbestos containing materials.

Identifying Potential Asbestos in Your Home

  • Age of Building: Homes built before 1999 are more likely to contain asbestos.
  • Common Locations: Asbestos may be found in roof shingles, insulation, floor tiles, and old pipe insulation.
  • Physical Signs: Deterioration such as crumbling or water damage may expose fibrous materials suspected to be asbestos.

Immediate Steps to Take

  1. Avoid Disturbance: Do not touch, move, or attempt to remove suspected materials.
  2. Seek Professional Help: Contact licensed professionals like WestCross Environmental Services for an asbestos survey.
  3. Follow Through with Expert Recommendations: Depending on the survey results, professional removal or encapsulation may be necessary.

Conclusion

If you suspect asbestos in your home, taking immediate and informed action is crucial. Contact WestCross Environmental Services for expert guidance and safe removal services, ensuring your home remains a safe haven from the risks associated from asbestos exposure.

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