Asbestos used to be a material so popular that it can be found in a mind-boggling number of places. From floors, roof tiles, piping, insulation – the range of its implementation would be a really long one. One of the relics of the past that could still contain this material is linoleum, also known as mastic.
Chances are that there are thousands of dwellings all over the UK which have no had it removed yet. And the risks involved are really grave, with asbestosis and mesothelioma being the most terrifying ones. If you believe you might be in the risk group, read on and learn what do we have in store for you.
Linoleum was one of the most widespread elements of the home decor of the twentieth century: adhesive, affordable and, unfortunately, potentially toxic. Couple of decades ago it turned out that the research on that particular element often pointed at the fact that people exposed to it may be in danger of contracting asbestos-related diseases such as various forms of cancers.
Soon after that, an appropriate legislation banning the use of this material was signed into law. While it virtually slashed the use of asbestos to zero in the new buildings, people were not always eager to get rid of potentially toxic elements of their older dwellings. And that is very often the case with mastic or linoleum especially that this type of floor covering was legendary for its durability and cost-quality ratio.
However, these days the time has finally come to put the demons of the past to bed. Thankfully there are now specialists who have significant expertise in handling asbestos linoleum so that it is removed according to the best practices. Some people claim that it is actually possible and more cost-effective to not bother with hiring professionals as the task can be done with just a small bit of DIY skills. That could not be further from the truth.
While removing the elements containing asbestos can be possible, the subsequent backlash triggered by taking uninformed steps may turn out to be extremely detrimental to your health. Especially if you consider the fact that asbestos is the most deadly when it becomes friable and disturbed and that is not difficult to do when you are not professionally trained or have inappropriate tools. Also, the environment where the removal is done needs to be properly protected from other people who could be exposed to inhaling the toxic absestos dust.
Professionals also need to be contacted when a deterioration of the material is noticed.