Asbestos was used as a building material in the construction of commercial and residential properties in the UK from the late 1940s until 1999 when its use was banned.
Before the health dangers it posed were identified, the naturally occurring substance was primarily used as insulation material within homes and commercial buildings.
If your home was built prior to 1999 there is a chance asbestos may be present within your property.
Where might asbestos be present in the home?
As asbestos was commonly used to insulate properties, it is most frequently discovered in ceilings and roof spaces, window frames and door panels, and as lagging in homes built before 1999.
Other areas where asbestos could be present within the home include:
- Pipe insulation
- Artex textured decorative coating
- Roof gutters and downpipes
- Water tanks
- Vinyl or thermoplastic floor tiles
- Cement roof sheeting
What to do if you think your home may contain asbestos
If you believe you have identified asbestos in your home, it is strongly advised that you do not attempt to remove it yourself.
Asbestos materials in good condition are not a health hazard. The dust and fibres are only dangerous if released into the air and consequently inhaled. If the substance is intact, the advice given is to leave it alone and regularly check on the material for any deterioration.
Any attempt to remove asbestos from your home must only be carried out by a qualified tradesperson with the procedural knowledge required to safely dispose of the substance without causing contamination or risk to the health of residents.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) keeps a database listing every asbestos licence holder. If you are seeking a specialist to assist in the removal of asbestos materials, it is advisable to refer to this list.
Negligent asbestos disposal
Those who have experienced asbestos exposure are at risk of developing debilitating diseases in later life, such as asbestosis or mesothelioma; a cancer which affects the lining of the lung.
If you have developed mesothelioma and believe it may be attributable to exposure suffered as a result of the negligence of a tradesperson hired to dispose of asbestos in your home, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Our specialist mesothelioma solicitors offer expert legal advice and handle every claim with care and compassion.
If you'd like to discuss your situation further please call 0800 508 8747 today.