Learn more about Asbestos Removal in Watford
Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that is composed of several different minerals and has been around for thousands of years. There are two different types of asbestos: amphibole (blue and brown asbestos), and serpentine (white asbestos), the latter of which was more widely used. Despite this, amphibole was banned in the UK first in 1985. Asbestos was not completely banned in the UK until 1999. For this reason, it is not common to come across asbestos when construction work or renovations are being carried out. If this is the case, professional asbestos removal is required.
The toxic substance was used extensively between the 1960s and 1980s, despite warnings of health risks from as early as the 1940s. The material was used in building work due to its natural properties that made it ideal for construction such as resistance to fire, chemicals, water and biological resistance. It was used as insulation as well as in pipes, car engines and floor tiles.
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