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Asbestos In The Home:
Most asbestos is found in the home. If your house is more than fifteen years old it is likely that it may contain asbestos.

There are common places to find asbestos, such as:

  • Asbestos cement in garages and sheds.
  • Asbestos cement for drain pipes.
  • Asbestos insulation.
  • Asbestos cement on the side of bath panels.

For occasions when you may find asbestos in your home you must only dispose of it yourself if it is in small quantities.

If you have found larger amounts you should employ professionals to deal with the problem.



Removing Asbestos:
Asbestos is usually safe if is it not broken or disturbed. You should never disturb asbestos, such as by sanding, drilling, sawing or breaking it in to pieces.

You should seek professional help and advice before removing asbestos, most of the materials can only be safely removed by a professional contractor.

In many cases you will have to take a sample of the material for tests to identify the type of asbestos. This will help to make sure the job is completed safely.

When removing asbestos you should dress in appropriate clothing wearing full face masks (with goggles) to avoid breathing in any dangerous fibres.



Transporting Asbestos Waste:
Once the asbestos has been removed it should be disposed of correctly.

If you need to transport your own asbestos waste in your own vehicle you do not need a licence.

To make sure your car does not get contaminated with asbestos; you should spray the sheets with water, double wrap the cement with heavy duty polythene, ensure the wrapping is secured with tape and make sure vehicle occupants do not have access to the asbestos waste.

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