What is Asbestos
Asbestos was once a popular building material because of its fire retardant properties and insulating capabilities. Because it is fibrous, asbestos could be used in a variety of applications, including being woven into protective clothing, pipe lagging, as an insulation, and as a fire-protecting sprayed-on coating.
Any property built prior to 1999 in the UK could have asbestos-containing materials present.
Today, anyone carrying out repairs, maintenance or demolishing properties built during that era risks being exposed to the long-term dangers of asbestos. It is also a massive problem for the Emergency Services when dealing with damaged structures.