Oldbury Case Study – Pre 1980s Asbestos Removal

Oldbury Asbestos Removal

Safeline's Oldbury Asbestos Removal project was born out of an enquiry we received from a homeowner... They had bought a home in Oldbury which was built pre 1980. Lots of us live or have lived in Pre 1980's homes and it makes great sense to get your new home checked in you have bought an older house.

The Oldbury Asbestos Removal project initially was just a survey of the property before the home owner started to remodel the home. They had come to safeline Environmental on the recommendation of a friend that had used us as a contractor, and we pride ourselves on putting all Asbestos removal works on the same priority for the small projects as the huge removal operations.


The Oldbury Asbestos Removal home owner had done their homework first, they had used a handy guide which can be found on the internet. These are really good for highlighting the potential dangers that could be lurking in or around your home (asbestos garages and ACM's were very popular building projects). A great one is is the asbestos network, this is an american based site, but the products containing asbestos still damage health and are not really bothered by borders. In the case of the Asbestos network site we would always recommend that you use this information as research start point and check the legislation in your country or state of residence.

Below is an excerpt of the Asbestos Network;

What If I Find Asbestos in My House?

The method used for dealing with asbestos in the home depends upon where the asbestos is found, the condition of the material, and whether it is friable or non-friable. Friable asbestos can be easily crumbled or reduced to a powder and can become airborne. Non-friable asbestos is more tightly bound with another material and its fibers cannot easily be made airborne unless they are sanded, cut, or sawed.

If asbestos-containing material is currently in good condition and contained such that fibers cannot be released, then it may not be dangerous at this time. However, the situation should be monitored for signs of asbestos deterioration and damage.

In some cases, asbestos-containing materials may be repaired or isolated rather than removed. For example, small tears in pipe insulation may be repaired. Asbestos material that is in good condition may be isolated from potential damage by using a sturdy, airtight barrier. This can be a temporary solution to some asbestos problems. Encapsulants have been used over sprayed-on asbestos-containing material on walls and ceilings. Encapsulants are materials applied in liquid form to provide a seal against the release of asbestos fibers. They can work well for asbestos-containing material that has not been damaged, but do more harm than good if the material is deteriorating.

Asbestos removal is the only permanent solution to the problem of asbestos in the home. However, removal poses a high risk of fiber release if not done properly. Air samples should be taken after the work is completed to ensure the safety of the homeowner. During the removal process, the contractor should use a HEPA vacuum, approved respirators, and disposable clothing.

Whether asbestos is repaired or removed from your home, it is important that you choose a competent professional who is certified to do asbestos abatement work. Many home repair or remodeling contractors do not have this special certification. Make sure that the person you choose has completed a federal or state-approved asbestos safety course. Contact your regional EPA office, your local health department, and the Better Business Bureau, for a list of professionals in your area. Also, the EPA recommends that the asbestos professional who performs the abatement work be independent from the contractor who initially inspects your home for asbestos contamination. This helps ensure that only the necessary work is done"

Once you have done your research, contact Safeline on 01299 251083 or use our website!

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