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Loose Fill Asbestos in Lofts

Potentially the most dangerous Asbestos containing material, loose fill Asbestos is often located in floorboards and loft spaces.

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Loose Fill Asbestos in Lofts

Potentially the most dangerous Asbestos containing material, loose fill Asbestos is often located in floorboards and loft spaces of industrial and domestic premises, due to its insulating qualities.

Loose-fill insulation was designed to be either blown or poured into hollow areas and roof voids. It is extremely fibrous and will readily release fibres into the air. This material frequently consists of 100% pure Asbestos. You might find loose-fill Asbestos insulation in wall cavities, attic floors and other areas of buildings that are not readily accessible.

Asbestos loft insulation can be identified, it has a fluffy almost candy like appearance which is usually in the colour of either a white or blue/grey colour. However, in the vast majority of cases it is impossible to tell whether Asbestos is present or not in a material with just the naked eye. Asbestos is comprised of microscopic fibres and as the fibres are often mixed with other non-Asbestos-containing materials they simply cannot be seen without testing.

Chrysotile, Crocidolite and Amosite were the 3 most commonly used types of Asbestos in the UK construction industry for loose fill insulation.

  • Chrysotile – also known as white Asbestos, these fibres tend to be curved and flexible.
  • Crocidolite – usually blue or grey, these fibres are thin, brittle and needle like in appearance.
  • Amosite – brown Asbestos that, like crocidolite, are normally comprised of needle like fibres.

If disturbed, loose fill Asbestos can release large amounts of fibres into the air, for human consumption, leading to dangerous consequences.

Subsequently, it is encouraged that all loose fill asbestos in loft spaces is removed via an licensed contractor, who can safely remove and dispose of the Asbestos insulation.

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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.

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