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Asbestos In Plaster

Asbestos was previously used in plaster to help insulate buildings and increase fire resistance.

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Asbestos in Plaster

Various forms of plaster have been around for thousands of years, used in building construction, artistry, and even medical applications. Plaster starts as a pasty substance that’s made from minerals and water and dries into a sturdy, solid form.

The three most common types of plaster today include:

  • Cement
  • Gypsum/Plaster of Paris
  • Lime

Until the mid-1980s, Asbestos was commonly added to plaster. It was an inexpensive way to increase the plaster’s ability to insulate buildings and resist fire. Even after it was known to be a dangerous material, some Asbestos continued to contaminate various types of plaster. Asbestos in plaster is most often found in walls and ceilings built during the period when Asbestos was a popular material.

It can be hard to tell whether or not plaster contains Asbestos just by looking at it. If you suspect that your property may contain Asbestos in plaster walls or ceilings, it is strongly recommended that a professional opinion is sought, especially if the plaster is in poor condition. Plaster that contains Asbestos that is safely intact is considered to be relatively safe as the Asbestos is bonded into the plaster and harmful fibres cannot escape. However, if the plaster has begun to deteriorate or is broken and crumbling, then it is potentially dangerous as small Asbestos fibres could be released. If renovation or building work is planned then you must also seek professional advice as construction work could disturb the Asbestos in plaster and render it harmful.

The Mick George Group is proud to be fully licensed in all aspects of Asbestos management. We can reveal the presence and extent of Asbestos in plaster walls and ceilings in your property, and advise on the safest way to proceed. Sometimes, no action is needed or the plaster can be rendered safe by coating it with another layer of plaster that does not contain Asbestos. However, if removal is necessary we can safely and efficiently remove and dispose of all traces of Asbestos plaster in your property.

When removing Asbestos plaster, our highly trained team seal off the affected area, creating an airtight space to prevent contamination. Air monitoring practices may also be employed to guarantee that the air is safe once the Asbestos has been removed. All removed Asbestos in plaster will be double-bagged and sealed, safely labelled, handled and disposed of at our licensed waste disposal site.

It can be a worry to discover the presence of Asbestos in plaster in your property, but The Mick George Group can provide expert advice and professional services to safely locate, remove and dispose of any Asbestos to ensure that your property is safe for years to come.

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From site inspection and surveys to removal and disposal, Mick George Environmental is fully licenced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to test, manage and complete works for non-licensed, notifiable non-licensed and licensed Asbestos and Asbestos contaminated materials. We are also accredited members of ARCA – the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

With all services in-house, our highly skilled and experienced team can provide a ‘start to finish’ service, saving you time and money.

Got any questions? Head on over to our Asbestos FAQs and find your answer. If not then contact our expert team using the contact form.

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