Asbestos Services in Braintree
If you are looking for a reliable, experienced and professional company to help you with your asbestos, then Colchester Asbestos Services is able to help. Just a short drive from Braintree, we can quickly come out to your property to assess it through a survey, carry out testing, remove and dispose of your asbestos or provide encapsulation. We work all over Essex and the South East of England and can provide free, no-obligation quotes to any business or homeowner in Braintree who needs our help.
Quick asbestos removal
We work all across Essex including Braintree and will always provide free, no-obligation quotes to help you decide how you want to proceed. If you have no idea where to get started or what you might even need, whether it is asbestos testing or removal and disposal, just ask us for advice and we would be happy to help.
Fast turnaround times
We know that you will want to sort out your asbestos issues as soon as possible and we can help. Here is what we can do:
- Provide a quote for removing your asbestos – if you have another quote that is better, we can match it
- Remove and dispose of your asbestos safely and quickly
All of our pricing is competitive and we can provide guide prices should you want to try to get an idea of costs before a quote.
The dangers of asbestos
Asbestos is dangerous because it can cause a number of often fatal lung diseases. It poses a very real threat because it can go unnoticed for long periods of time as the asbestos fibres themselves are so small. Diseases caused by asbestos usually take a long time to develop, however, by the time of diagnosis there is usually nothing that can be done.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, asbestos-related diseases kill around 5,000 people every year, which is more than the number of people killed on the road. Tradesmen are particularly at risk, due to their exposure to asbestos in old buildings as they carry out refurbishment, maintenance or demolition services.
Although it’s usually dangerous because of its long-term effects, it can also be dangerous when large amounts are breathed in at once. It’s extremely important for every possible safety precaution to be taken when dealing with older buildings which may contain asbestos.
Asbestos can cause a number of serious health risks to the lungs, which are affected when the toxic fibres are inhaled. There are a number of diseases and cancers asbestos is known to be related to, as well as some which are directly caused by asbestos.
Why was asbestos previously used?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of harmful minerals which were frequently used in old buildings before their harmful nature was realised. These six minerals are resistant to heat, corrosion and electricity, making them highly useful in the world of building.
Asbestos would have commonly been used in the insulation of buildings but was also sprayed on ceilings and walls. It was used because it strengthens the fibres in a wide range of materials typically used in the construction of properties.
What conditions asbestos can cause
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by the long-term inhalation of asbestos fibres. The main symptom is usually shortness of breath which is due to serious scarring of the lungs. Although this symptom can be quite severe, it usually doesn’t begin to take effect until an individual has been exposed to asbestos for a long period of time.
Further symptoms can include a continuing, dry cough, pain or tightness around the chest and a loss of appetite. Asbestosis can also be recognised by fingers or toes which look much larger and wider than usual, which is known as ‘clubbing’.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which is caused almost exclusively by asbestos. It develops on the thin layer of tissue (mesothelium) which protects the internal organs. The symptoms include a tightness in the chest as well as regular chest pain, difficulty breathing and weight loss. These symptoms will usually occur slowly over a long period of time, similar to other diseases which are caused by asbestos.
General lung-related issues
With the advance of medicine and science, we now know that asbestos is responsible for many lung-related issues. The harmful fibres make breathing difficult and cause tight, painful sensations in the chest. These symptoms are often magnified when affecting smokers or individuals with underlying health issues, such as asthma.
We provide a comprehensive service, offering everything from initial surveys and testing to find out whether you need asbestos removed and disposed of. We are well-practised at accommodating for clients who need their asbestos encapsulated instead of removed. When working with a substance as dangerous as asbestos, it’s important to have a high level of expertise and experience.
Our professional team is used to working to tight budgets and can quickly locate and remove asbestos on your property. We are fully equipped with the equipment needed to undertake every step of asbestos removal. We are safe, professional and make sure to undertake all of our work in accordance with regulations set by the Health and Safety Executive.
What we can do for you in Braintree
Braintree is a town in Essex located to the north-east of Chelmsford, linked to the A120 and home to two train stations running on the Braintree branch line. There are a number of industrial centres across Braintree and also plenty of older or former council properties. The age and style of these properties put them at risk of containing asbestos.
Our team is based in Colchester but travels all over the South East of England. Braintree is an area that we frequently visit to support homeowners or businesses with their asbestos needs. We don’t just work within Braintree itself but cover all of the surrounding villages and towns given the wide area we work in.
As asbestos is such a risky material to handle, we always wear full personal protective equipment to give you peace of mind that any asbestos is handled effectively and safely. Our clothing and the need to work at a distance from you also means we are fully set up for working during a pandemic. If you are worried about your health, asbestos should never be put off.