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Nononon Mon 01-Dec-14 20:32:36

I'm feeling really panicky about asbestos in my home. We have had an extension to our 1930s ex council semi and it has left dust EVERYWHERE. We haven't been living in the house for a couple of months now but I have been back a lot to clear up. There is a detached garage in the garden which we will get rid of eventually which would have been later addition and we know has an asbestos roof from the survey.

Walls have been knocked down in the extension and as I have said dust has gone over everything. A member of the family has recently been a serious illness relating to working with asbestos and, as well as being devastated by that, I am so worried that my house is now a seriously unsafe place for my children as, no matter how much we clean and tidy, if there was asbestos in the walls it could have released fibres into the house that they breath in. Is it likely that asbestos is in the walls? I feel so worried about this at the moment sad

Quitelikely Mon 01-Dec-14 20:37:53

I had experienced something similar and I went to talk to my next door neighbour who is in his 60s/70s.

He said back in the day when they thought it was safe him and his fellow labourers would be covered head to toe in the stuff (said they were builders or something) and they are all alive and well.

I know if you go online the sites state how dangerous it is etc but I think it's something that is very very rare.

He sort of said the chances were v v slim iyswim.


Anydrinkwilldo Mon 01-Dec-14 20:38:45

I'm pretty sure if there was asbestos in the walls the builders would have stopped immediately, it would affect them as well. It's very obvious what it is so they couldn't miss it. Sorry you've had someone ill with asbestosis it's not nice

Blamenargles Mon 01-Dec-14 20:41:13

They wouldn't shouldnt have done the job if they had found asbestos. A specialist team would have to come and remove it and the job would have to be inspected before they could start any work again.

companies should send employees on asbestos courses so they know how to detect it, not only to keep you safe but look after their own health.

So if they had found it you would have been informed

motherofmonster Mon 01-Dec-14 20:49:49

If the builders had found asbestos then the work would have had to stop for it to be removed.

elephantspoo Mon 01-Dec-14 21:02:11

Firstly, phone the builder and ask if he uncovered any asbestos in the build. Assuming you trust him, he is unlikely to lie to you, because a) if he had, and he concealed the fact during the works, he will have broken the law, and b) if he had, and you did not know it was there beforehand, he would have been entitled to be be paid for both his time and labour over and above the cost of the job to deal with it. Few builder will walk away from that extra couple of grand when you are on the hook to pay with no dispute.

So rest assured, the odds of asbestos being preset are remarkably slim.

Secondly, asbestos related respiratory problems are overly feared and misunderstood. You really need prolonged and ongoing exposure to asbestos to suffer harm. So digging around on the internet should assuage your concerns.

Thirdly, most councils know exactly what properties have asbestos in them, because it was identified as a product in the original building warrant application back in the day, and if not that, then someone in a similar property extending at a previous time would have uncovered it in their property and the council will have flagged all properties in your neighbourhood as being candidates for future concern. Especially if you have old council housing stock where they know exactly what materials were used. It would have been flagged up when you made your original application to extend your house.

Lastly, it sounds as though you have a dusty house that is likely a combination of fine particles of sawdust and cement (plasterboard). Nothing a good clean all over with the bristle brush on your Dyson shouldn't solve. It's something they should have been considerate enough to do for you, but hey ho. I don't know what you asked for in the first place.

Aside from needing to clean and it taking more than a once over with the Hoover, I wouldn't be too worried.

Jelliebabe2 Mon 01-Dec-14 21:41:12

Asbestos is really easy to identify if you know what you're looking for. Your builder would have noticed it.

Nononon Mon 01-Dec-14 22:22:08

Thanks for the reassurance - I'm just so worried about this now for some reason (mainly because of what family member is going through and just wanting to keep my children safe). Heavily pregnant at the moment and very hormonal!

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