Asbestos is a fire-resistant mineral that was once commonly used in a variety of building materials. Additionally, asbestos can be found in automobiles, ships, and other products. If left untouched, asbestos is not harmful. However, over time, asbestos fibres can become airborne and therefore are likely to be inhaled, which can lead to serious health problems, including lung cancer. Asbestos-related illnesses are incredibly serious and are often terminal, which is why handling and removal of asbestos should be done by professionals only. Asbestos removal companies, such as us, must carry all relevant licenses and accreditations to safely remove and contain asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACM). Get in touch today if you would like to know more about our code of conduct, licenses, or accreditations. Domestic There are two main types of asbestos removal: domestic and commercial. Domestic asbestos removal usually refers to the removal of asbestos from private homes or residential buildings. Domestic asbestos removal and surveying should be conducted prior to any refurbishment or construction work. If you suspect your domestic property has asbestos, contact us for an asbestos survey. Do not attempt to remove or contain asbestos yourself. Commercial On the other hand, commercial asbestos removal generally refers to the removal of asbestos from workplaces, public buildings, or other commercial premises. If you are responsible for commercial property, it is your legal duty to ensure that any asbestos in the building is removed or managed correctly. Failure to do so can result in heavy fines, imprisonment, or both. DES offers both commercial and domestic asbestos disposal and survey services. Do I need a licensed contractor to remove/work on asbestos on my premises? hse.gov state “If ACMs need to be sealed, encapsulated, or removed, remember you will need to employ a licensed contractor if the materials are high risk (eg pipe insulation and asbestos insulating panels). If the materials are lower risk (eg asbestos cement sheets and roofing) then an unlicensed but competent contractor may carry out this work.” How to correctly dispose of asbestos To correctly dispose of asbestos, you must: – Use a licensed asbestos waste disposal site – Double bag the asbestos in heavy-duty plastic bags – Clearly label the bags as containing asbestos – Transport the asbestos to the disposal site in a closed and secure vehicle, preferably in a concealed box At DES, we are a fully qualified and licensed asbestos contractor with a collection of accreditations and certificates dictating the standard of work we are committed to performing, the health and safety regulations we abide by; as well as a company-specific statement that ensures all our contractors are following the same codes of practice. We provide asbestos removal services, as well as encapsulation. Asbestos encapsulation refers to the process of sealing asbestos materials to prevent the release of fibres into the air. This is usually a less expensive and disruptive option than complete asbestos removal. However, encapsulation cannot always be done, and in some cases, removal is the most effective and safe method for containing asbestos-containing materials. DES has a proven track record in both commercial and domestic asbestos removal, as well as a number of other services including build, development, and demolition. Local asbestos removal DES offer nationwide asbestos removal services. We are conveniently based in the West Midlands and can offer our services nationwide. If you’re looking for local asbestos removal, please get in touch today. DES Asbestos Removal If you suspect your home has ACM and is in need of asbestos removal services, please get in touch today. If you are considering the price of asbestos removal, please get in touch today to discuss options.