How do I go about removing asbestos?
Having asbestos removed from a property, just because it is asbestos, is common and quite understandable because asbestos is an emotive subject and because of the common knowledge as to the health risks associated with the material.
It is difficult to explain to people that removing the material creates more risk than is necessary, because it is planned disturbance and unless the very strict control measures are in place to contain the airborne fibres, exposure and invisible contamination could result.
Don’t take the word of a ‘helpful’ builder, plumber, friends mate or neighbor’s cat, asbestos is such a huge subject and the risk of exposure is not worth relying on the word of someone with very limited knowledge of it.
Don’t let anyone tell you it’s the ‘safe’ sort when it’s not - AIB is AIB and Cement is Cement.
If disturbed, one (AIB) will give you heavy dose of lethal fibres, the other (cement) will not.
If the material is in the way of building or refurbishment work there is more chance of you being told it’s ok, just so the work can continue. Stand your ground and get it checked out by someone who knows what they are talking about, it usually doesn’t cost anything and you could save yourself a lot of grief later!