Imagine a typical scenario – moving into a house or a flat which you have dreamed about for a long time. Still high on adrenaline rush you make grand plans about furnishing it, redecorating and giving a new purpose to this space you will occupy for the next couple of years. Not many people in such situations decide to run thorough tests to check aspects such as asbestos presence.
And, believe it or not, that problem is far from being an ancient story in the UK and in majority of countries all over the world. Notwithstanding the fact that it was officially banned between 1980s and 1990s, the asbestos removal process was not comprehensive and this material still resides in a lot of dwellings. What makes matters worse, time is asbestos’s enemy and it often leads to serious problems with crumbling and disintegration. That should not come as a surprise that there are now companies which specialise in getting rid of asbestos in piping, roofing, floors and other parts of buildings. This short text will describe the process of removing this material from a yet another location – garages.
One of the most popular scenario is this: an old garage erected around 1980s with a roof that may contain asbestos. In cases like these, the best idea is to have it commissioned to a professional contractor who will be able to provide spotless quality without overburdening your budget. You might want to ask – but why do I need them? Is it not something I can take care of myself and save this couple hundred quid?
Well – theoretically you can but the question is whether a risk like that should be taken. There are professionals who have learned all the ropes in that profession and will take care of both the removal but also the subsequent disposal so that you do not have to lose more time contacting your local council. Reputable companies will carefully remove the corrugated parts of the roof and ensure they do not crumble or deteriorate to the extent that would release the toxic dust. Depending on the size of the building, there may or may not be a need to have a skip ready for waste removal.
The process usually could be divided into a couple of steps: first asbestos has to be identified. It is really essential as sometimes it cannot be recognized with the naked eye and has to be investigated by professionals with years of experience. If it turns out that a given material indeed is health-threatening, a plan for the removal is drafted. Sometimes, however, getting rid of it completely is not financially justifiable and a mere encapsulation of the suspected elements could be enough to last years to come.