If you own a property or work in an area that has asbestos floor tiles, its important to take the necessary precautions to have them professionally removed. Asbestos is a dangerous substance that was widely used in building materials until the 1980s, and prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres can cause serious health risks, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Fortunately, Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire are a reputable asbestos removal company in Hampshire that specialises in the safe removal of asbestos floor tiles. In this guide, well explore the process of removing asbestos floor tiles and what you should look for in an asbestos removal company.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is composed of thin fibrous crystals. It was commonly used in construction materials due to its fire-resistant properties, high tensile strength and durability. Asbestos was used in a variety of building materials including insulation, ceiling tiles, roof shingles, siding, and flooring, especially in the period between the 1950s and 1980s. Unfortunately, exposure to airborne asbestos fibres can lead to serious health complications such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. In order to avoid these health risks, its important to have asbestos removed by trained professionals.
Its important to recognise that some older flooring materials contained asbestos, and its not always immediately apparent. Asbestos floor tiles were often installed in areas that received heavy foot traffic such as hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. These tiles were made from a mixture of asbestos fibres and other materials like vinyl, asphalt or rubber. When these tiles become damaged, especially through abrasion or drilling, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. To avoid this problem, its vital to conduct an asbestos survey to determine if your floor tiles have asbestos.
Asbestos floor tiles are often installed in residential and commercial properties constructed from the 1950s to the early 1980s. Asbestos floor tiles are usually 8-9 inches square and are vinyl, asphalt or rubber-based. The best way to confirm if your floor tiles contain asbestos is to have a professional conduct an asbestos survey. Some signs that your floor tiles may contain asbestos are:
If you see one or more of these signs, it is critical that you assume the tiles contain asbestos until an asbestos survey confirms otherwise.
Removing asbestos floor tiles should only be carried out by a licensed and trained asbestos removal company like Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire. The process involves several stages:
Preparation is key to a successful asbestos removal project. Protective gear such as coveralls, respirators, and gloves will be worn by asbestos removal technicians to protect them from asbestos fibres. The work area will be sealed off from the rest of the building to prevent asbestos fibres from spreading.
Asbestos floor tiles are removed carefully with the use of tools such as scrapers, floor strippers and grinders. In some cases, the tiles are cut into manageable sizes and packaged carefully in disposal bags.
After removing the tiles, the work area will be thoroughly cleaned using vacuums fitted with HEPA filters to remove any remaining asbestos dust. Its important to note that not all the asbestos fibres can be removed during cleaning, and that strict regulations are in place detailing the disposal of asbestos removal waste. Finally, an asbestos clearance certificate is issued by a licensed company to confirm that the area is safe for re-occupation.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we understand the importance of providing a fast, efficient and safe asbestos removal service. Our team of licensed and trained asbestos removal experts have many years of experience, and understand all aspects of the asbestos removal process. We also offer a comprehensive range of asbestos-related services, including:
Our team of technicians are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and adheres to strict health and safety regulations. Were committed to providing the highest level of customer service, which is why we also offer a fast response service, 24/7 call support, and competitive pricing.
Removing asbestos floor tiles in Hampshire is a serious task, one that should never be attempted by anyone other than trained professionals such as Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health risks, so its important to take the necessary precautions to ensure complete safety during the asbestos removal process. Contact us today on 01962 458066 or at [email protected] to schedule an asbestos survey. Remember, your safety is our priority.