Asbestos, contrary to a popular belief, is far from being a relic of the past. The sad reality is that it is still present in thousands of houses across the UK that have not had it disposed of, despite the legislation that bans its use.
As years go by the problem will become more and more nagging with the continuous and rather unstoppable deterioration of asbestos. The question is thus: how can one control the situation and get rid of this carcinogen before it starts affecting our everyday life? It can be located in most of the constructions erected between 1920s and 1990s in elements such as piping, insulation, gutters and even roofing. And that last element will be the focus of this brief summary of the process. So, how do you organise the removal of asbestos sheets?
First of all, there are certain ground rules that need to be followed in order to ensure that the whole operation will be safe and in compliance with all the environmental regulations. One of the most basic facts that one can do is to call an asbestos expert in order to get a professional audit of your dwelling. Only then you can be sure if your place is free of asbestos or, if that is not the case, learn how that situation can be rectified.
It is not always necessary to raise the alarm and remove all the suspected material. In fact, if it remains in good condition, the surveyor will probably advise to take some protective measures only such as encapsulation. However, the situation with disposing of asbestos roofing sheets is somewhat different because of the fact that these particular elements can quickly become in a friable condition and thus constitute a threat to the life and well-being of others. In such cases it is best to hire professionals who will both be experienced in roofing works and asbestos removal.
In order for the process to go smoothly and without jeopardizing the security of people, the area of the site should be made available for the contractors and as out of bounds of others as possible. Also, it is important to enforce in the contract agreement that any remnants of roof sheets are disposed of and end up in a location that is compliant with council law.
If it happens otherwise, you run the risk of a lasting contamination of the area and potential problems that may not appear sooner than in a couple of decades. While taking down the roofing it is adviseable to pay utmost attention to the amount of dust created. Some experts advise to sprinkle the asbestos containing materials with water in order to minimize the potential fallout.