Asbestos Surveys & Sampling In Edinburgh
Asbestos was banned in the UK prior to the beginning of the millennium. This was because cancer and other serious illnesses were found to be caused by exposure to it. But by this time, it had already been used in millions of building projects.
Even twenty years after the use of it was criminalised, for many home and business owners, the substance is still a danger. Across many homes that were built before 1999, asbestos is still detectable. However qualified specialists can remove asbestos before it becomes a problem.
Like all big cities in the UK, Edinburgh has a particular problem with asbestos. But work is underway to fix this problem. But the city is not alone, all major UK cities face a similar problem, especially those which have aging buildings.
With age and deterioration, buildings inevitably need to be repaired. Once work starts, asbestos may become exposed. If it wasn't detected before this happens, then it can pose a danger to anyone nearby. That includes the people hired to complete the renovations.
Asbestos is relatively safe when left undisturbed. This is because it remains hidden within the structure - essentially entombed behind the plaster and brickwork. But when exposed to the air, those in the vicinity become at risk. Therefore, asbestos needs to be identified and dealt with before this happens.
When it is, it can then be securely removed by the experts who know how. By using our test kits, you can determine which products contain trace amounts of asbestos. These can be ordered from us and used safely to verify the existence of asbestos in your building.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is defined by a collection of minerals that contain a small group of microscopic fibres. Asbestos was widely used in building projects all over the UK throughout the last century, including major large population centres like Edinburgh.
It was called the 'magic material' by those in the trade and was blended into insulation, flooring, roofing, floors, and even walls. Asbestos was deemed so helpful that it was over-relied upon by construction companies, which is why it continues to surface today.
Asbestos still exists in older buildings - in substantial quantities. Before serious work starts on these structures, an asbestos analysis should be carried out to find it. Or at least, if asbestos is suspected, a testing kit should be used. - This is where we come in.
Why will asbestos so dangerous?
If inhaled, asbestos can be very damaging. Many of the disorders it causes can be fatal over time. The microscopic fibres can be inhaled and can cause lung cancer and other dangerous respiratory diseases.
On a positive note, there is very little threat from concealed asbestos that remains hidden. But the situation changes sharply once the microscopic particles are exposed. A building owner is always advised to know where asbestos is before renovations begin.
It might take many years for asbestos-related diseases to emerge, but they can endanger life once symptoms appear. Industrial workers are usually the ones who are most at risk. This is because they are frequently placed in situations that expose them to asbestos. These fibres, however, can affect anyone who happens to go near them.
How can I protect against asbestos?
Before asbestos can be removed, it first needs to be detected, starting with confirmation of its existence. Our asbestos sample test kits are specially designed to assist you in doing this safely.
You can safely retrieve an asbestos sample and send it to us using one of our test kits. If the material you send us does contain traces of asbestos, we will tell you as soon as possible. Then it's sensible to arrange removal through a third-party. We can also give our recommendations on who to pick for this assignment.
Our kits are supplied with specific instructions and PPE, which is authorised by industry regulators, as asbestos can be unsafe. If you need us to walk you through the testing process, we can support you by telephone.
You can also find more detail about the procedure here by watching this video. We need just a tiny sample, so there's no need to collect too much.
The sample will be sent to our testing facility, where, on the day it arrives, we will attempt to analyse it for asbestos. If the sample comes back positive, we will then suggest what to do next. We will also help you arrange removal if you need us to do so.
Conducting an asbestos survey
If you're unsure of the presence of asbestos in the building, then a complete survey could be a better alternative. This helps confirm whether there is any asbestos and where it is likely to be found in the building. It is also much more detailed than a test kit, which is only intended to test a particular area.
We do not administer the survey ourselves; however, we can provide instructions as to who can. Or recommend a local business to organise one for you. You would then know, after a thorough examination, where any asbestos may be located.
You won't be required to do a sample test after this. After the survey, you'll know everything you need. But if you believe asbestos may exist in your building and have a good idea where you can order one of our Asbestos Test Kits today.
We can help you detect whether asbestos is there or not - and how it can be removed safely, holding your hand every step of the way through the process.