Asbestos is a common name given to naturally occurring minerals that overtime crystalise to form fibres. Asbestos is mechanically strong as it does not dissolve in water, it is resistant to heat and fires, and biological and chemical degradation. There are several types of asbestos, divided into the Serpentine mineral or Amphibole family. However, when asbestos is untouched and unharmed, the material is docile and safe to be around, but it’s always best avoided. When asbestos is damaged or disturbed, this can cause numerous health problems to occur. Asbestos is a hazardous substance when damaged because the fibres are released into the air and remain dormant whilst being airborne. This is dangerous as employees may inhale large amounts of asbestos unknowingly. Asbestos can be swallowed as it can make its way into water sources and vegetation. Asbestos fibres find their way into water because of eroding asbestos cement and from other natural sources containing asbestos. Asbestos-related illnesses: Mesothelioma is cancer caused by asbestos, which is in the lungs, this is always fatal. Asbestosis is scarring to your lungs from high exposure to asbestos. Heart problems (enlargement of the heart, heart attacks etc) Blood clots Strokes What to do if you suspect asbestos in your home? Asbestos was banned in 1999, but before its ban it was widely used in jobs like construction, painting, decorating, roofing, plaster jobs, as well as by trade jobs such as carpenters, and boilermakers. All these jobs were exposed to high amounts of asbestos frequently. Asbestos was then banned in 1999, preventing many more cases from developing. However, many homes, buildings and schools built before 1999 are still home to asbestos-related materials remaining. Asbestos was used regularly in 1920 – 1980: If your house was built during these times, it may be likely you have docile asbestos remaining. During the 1990s, asbestos was used frequently for paint Fire-resistant materials in older homes are likely to contain asbestos Asbestos was used in gaskets, cutches, and brake pads production Older garage roofs Drywall compound may contain asbestos Carpet underlays and floor tiles Water heaters Heating ducts or air conditioning Asbestos cement pipes Pipe and boiler insulation If you suspect your property may be susceptible to asbestos contact us at 01527 521 457, we work with all types of asbestos materials and have all the relevant licenses and accreditations to deal with safe asbestos removal and entrapment. Asbestos removal services If you think your property may have asbestos, do not disturb it as this can be hazardous. Here at DES, we have over 30 years’ experience in removing asbestos, asbestos disposal and locally removing asbestos. We follow the strict guidelines set out by The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and hold a three-year licence. DES asbestos provides Asbestos Management Surveys, that we’ll use to identify the asbestos inside the property. The reason we do this testing is to give the property owner peace of mind. It is a quick and easy process, important to the property owner if the property is built before 1999, and if they have multiple people working there. DES are licenced to correctly remove and disposal of asbestos. The procedure is done by removing asbestos in a double wrapped bag, that will be placed into an asbestos enclosed skip and immediately transported to a licensed landfill. For smaller volumes of asbestos, they will be place in our vehicles segregated waste box and transported to the asbestos waste transfer station for disposal. Local Asbestos Removal As mentioned previously, at DES have over 30 years’ experience and knowledge in the asbestos industry and our highly skilled team perform effectively and safely. As specialists, we have the knowledge, ability, and expertise to manage asbestos removal, asbestos disposal, encapsulate and remove all types of asbestos. We also work within industrial, commercial, and residential projects for public and private sectors. Our head office is situated in the West Midlands, just outside Birmingham’s City Centre and we complete jobs nationally. Contact us today if you are concerned about asbestos in your home.