How To Tell If Soffits Are Asbestos?

Soffits Nottingham Asbestos Removal Service

Due to its popularity in the 20th Century, asbestos was heavily used in a variety of properties’ roofing across Nottinghamshire. Therefore, it can often be found in a variety of different places in older homes or commercial properties. Due to the health and safety dangers that come with asbestos, it’s important to recognise whether it exists before your property undergoes any work. As asbestos removal experts, we’ll be exploring how to tell if your soffits contain asbestos and what to do if they do.

Do My Soffits Contain Asbestos?

As many people don’t know what they’re looking for, we’re often asked what asbestos looks like. However, this can be difficult due as its versatility meant that it was used across a wide range of materials. It’s use for a wide variety of purposes can also mean that it’s not visible right away. Therefore, if you have any doubts or concerns before you start any DIY projects, you should contact a professional like ourselves to inspect it on your behalf.

You can find references for what asbestos materials may look like online. However, these should not be taken as gospel and if you’re not sure, it’s always safer to leave it undisturbed and ask a professional.

What To Do If I Find Asbestos?

If you or an asbestos management survey has identified that there is asbestos present in your home, it’s likely that you may be anxious about what to do. Because of the risk that it poses to health and safety, there are several laws around the removal and disposal of asbestos in the UK. Therefore, it’s important that if you do get asbestos removed, it’s removed in line with the legislation. If asbestos is found, work should be stopped immediately until it is identified. It should then be clearly signposted and kept away from. If discovered in a commercial property, it should be reported to the person responsible who can update the asbestos management plan. Once identified, a risk assessment should be carried out before any work continues. Only if it cannot be left undisturbed or sealed should it be necessary to use a specialist removal service like ours.

As qualified asbestos removal experts, we will make a thorough inspection of the area, sample and assess the suspected materials and then advise on the best options available going forward. Whatever you do, you should not remove asbestos by yourself without consulting a professional.

Why Shouldn’t I Remove Asbestos Myself?

Whilst it proved to be a popular material for its resistance to heat, electricity and corrosion, asbestos, further testing eventually exposed a variety of health and safety threats. One of the worst of these is that over time and with repeated exposure, asbestos can cause mesothelioma which is a type of aggressive cancer. More minor complications can also be a shortness of breath, wheezing, lung problems, fatigue and pains in your chest or shoulder.

These problems are all caused by the process of inhaling asbestos fibres. This can only happen when they are disturbed, and thrown into the air. By doing any sort of DIY or attempting to remove it yourself, you stand a very high chance of inhaling these dangerous fibres. In addition, most asbestos related issues don’t tend to show up until at least 15 years after the exposure. Therefore, it’s vital that you avoid inhaling it right now.

Asbestos Removal With East Midlands Roofing

Here at East Midlands Roofing, we are experts in removing asbestos from any home or commercial property. Whether you suspect that you’ve found it in your soffits, roof shingles or somewhere else, we can help. Our team works with licensed organisations to safely and legally remove asbestos. In addition, as a part of our roofline services we can also take samples of your roofline to test for traces of asbestos before we start any roofing projects, fascia and soffits or guttering installations. If you’re interested in hiring our asbestos removal service, please contact us. Our friendly and experienced team will be able to help you with any queries that you may have and provide a free no obligation quote.