Essex asbestos removal: DIY asbestos hazards in the home

Aug 22

It’s the run up to the summer bank holiday and many of us will be planning a long weekend of DIY. And asbestos removal management should be considered if you plan to tackle an old ceiling or knock down a wall.

With the popularity of shows such as Grand Designs Live and The Ideal Home Show, it often feels exciting to renovate your own home, saving the cost of pricey building and decorating professionals. But you should be aware of asbestos removal management needs.

Whether first time buyers or ‘doing the house up’, there are some important things to consider. These include re-plastering ceilings or pulling down walls in houses built pre late-1990s. Asbestos is a whitish material that was used in buildings in the past for insulation, flooring and roofing.

Mac Environmental are specialists in the testing, surveying and removal of asbestos from domestic residential homes and business premises. While asbestos can be dangerous, it doesn’t present a health risk if left undisturbed. But if material containing it is damaged, it can release a fine dust that contains asbestos fibres.

When the dust is breathed in, the fibres enter the lungs and can gradually damage them over time. Many people are unaware that some Artex and textured ceiling coatings contain asbestos and breathing in the dust when it’s disturbed can have health implications, such as the lung condition Asbestosis.

Regularly drilling in to Artex (from pre-2000s) or scrapping it off can be potentially hazardous. Careful and professional asbestos removal should only be undertaken by industry experts, such as Mac Environmental.

If in doubt, always wear appropriate protection, including a face mask, and contact an asbestos professional to advise. If you live in Harlow (or the Essex/London area) give us a call on 01279 417280. You can also email for help on approaching your task or to get a quote. We are dedicated to providing you with the safest and most economical solution. Further details can be found here.

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