Nowadays, we’re all aware of the serious risks asbestos can pose, and why it’s important that proper asbestos surveying and removal are undertaken by the experts. But myths remain, which is why you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the silent killer. Here are 5 asbestos myths that you need to know about.

1. New homes are asbestos free

False. Until as recent as 2000, asbestos was still being legally used in new buildings. Because an office or investment property is relatively modern does not mean that it’s asbestos free, and it should be checked accordingly.

2. Open a window and you won’t be affected by asbestos dust

False. And the same goes for the myth that drinking water after exposure to asbestos will protect you from asbestosis. The only certain means of protecting yourself when handling asbestos is to follow strict guidelines regarding protective gear and the use of face masks and sealants, or better still, leave the job to the professionals.

3. If you find asbestos, it must be removed immediately

False. In fact, panicking and ripping out asbestos often causes more harm than good as undamaged asbestos poses no immediate health risk. If you’re concerned about the risk of asbestos in a property, have a proper asbestos survey done.

4. Wearing a mask offers complete protection

False. Specialist contractors wear masks with inbuilt filtration which are not available to the general public. Wearing a mask from the local DIY superstore will not provide adequate levels of protection against the fibres responsible for causing mesothelioma.

5. You can catch mesothelioma from an affected person

False. The disease is not contagious. However, if you live with someone who works around asbestos, make sure they are following safety guidelines to the letter, particularly concerning items they may bring into the home that are contaminated with asbestos fibres.

At Contrast Surveys, we’re experts in surveying for, and removing asbestos from, your home or rental property. If you need clarification on an issue that’s been highlighted in a survey, or have landlord responsibilities for the maintenance of a building, then call us now on 0800 635 8265 to book a complete asbestos survey.

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