What is asbestos insulation?
It comes in different forms and varies in looks.
Common throughout the 1950s and 1960s in homes and commercial properties.
It can contain 80% to 100% asbestos fibre.
Asbestos fibres have a cotton-like consistency, and the gaps between the fibres reduce the transfer of heat, giving it excellent thermal properties (resistant to heat)
Where might I find it?
Most commonly found on heating pipes and boilers and frequently found in roof spaces, wall and floors cavities. Heating Engineers would insulate boilers and heating pipes with this material in the 1950s and 1960s
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Asbestos pipe insulation
Sprayed coating was developed to spray asbestos insulation onto steel beams and ceilings for fire protection and can be found in many older factories.
For insulating lofts but can also be found where insulation would be required, such as wall and floor cavities.
Loose Fill Insulation
This is the most dangerous asbestos product. Because of this, it falls under the Health and Safety Executives Asbestos Licensing Regime and only companies with a current asbestos license issued by the HSE can remove or repair it.
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