Asbestos Products - Asbestos Furnace Cement
Asbestos furnace cement is also known as 'stove cement'. Furnace cement is a special type of jointing compound/adhesive designed for use in areas of extreme heat. Applications include boilers, flues, furnaces, kilns, fireboxes, stoves, refractories and other types of combustion chambers. In addition to heat and flame resistance, furnace cements are also designed to endure coal, oil and other combustible fuels. Furnace cement can withstand temperatures up to 1650 degrees Celsius.
Today, furnace cement products use sodium silicate for fire resistance, but for over 130 years asbestos was used for that purpose. This is because asbestos was a common material, easy to obtain, very easy to use and inexpensive.
Asbestos furnace cement is still found in many older buildings built before the early 1980s that have not undergone renovation. Old asbestos furnace cement becomes dry and and crumbles, making it a friable material. It can then pose a serious health risk to building occupants.
If your property has an old boiler or other item that contains asbestos furnace cement that is in good condition, it is a low risk material that may be managed in-situ.
However, if the cement is deteriorating due to drying out, the asbestos fibres can become airborne and then pose a serious health risk to the building occupants.
We recommend asbestos testing by our experienced surveyors to determine whether or not asbestos fibres are present in the furnace cement. We will also assess the risk to you and your family or staff and give you free advice on how to safely manage, repair or remove the furnace cement.
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).