Asbestos Products - Asbestos Caulking
Caulking is a type of sealer often used during plumbing applications. Caulking also refers to any process used to seal joints such as between pipes, planks, wall sections, etc.
In construction, caulking refers to the process of applying a type of flexible sealer, e.g. silicone, in order to close gaps between wall panels, floor panels, pipes, etc. This may be to create a water-tight seal, to keep out various contaminants and insect pests, to stop draughts, etc.
Caulking was also used in the process of boiler-making, particularly in larger, older boilers.
Certain caulking compounds used in construction prior to the 1980s contained up to 25% asbestos fibre. Asbestos was added to give the material more strength and durability. As the caulking ages, it may become friable, releasing asbestos fibres into the air if disturbed.
If the asbestos caulking is in good condition and not crumbling, it is usually regarded as low risk and may be managed in-situ.
However, if the material is crumbling or damaged, we recommend asbestos sampling by our qualified surveyors. We will be able to tell you whether or not the caulking contains asbestos fibres, and also assess the risk to you and your family or staff. In addition, we will give you free advice on how to safely manage, repair or remove the caulking.
Contact us now to arrange an appointment by phoning 0800 061 2597. Alternatively, click here for a free, no-obligation quotation (typically £49 for single-point sampling).