Asbestos Products - Asbestos Sealer
When added to sealants, asbestos fibres add a great deal of strength and durability. In addition, they provide flame resistance as most types of sealers are flammable, even when dry. Modern sealers no longer contain asbestos and are often used to prevent fibres from other deteriorating asbestos products escaping into the environment. This is known as encapsulation.
The term 'sealer', or 'sealant', may refer to a number of substances used during construction. Sealers are viscous until exposed to the air, at which point they harden into a solid. Once solidified, the sealer protects the surface to which it is applied (such as concrete, timber, cement, floor tiles, etc) from penetration by moisture, oil, dust, air and gases.
In this state, asbestos fibres are bound within the sealer and so do not pose a risk under normal circumstances. The material may be safely managed in-situ.
However, if the asbestos sealer is deteriorating or you plan to carry out refurbishment work that will disturb the material, dust containing asbestos fibres may become airborne and pose a health risk.
We recommend asbestos sampling by our experienced surveyors to determine whether or not asbestos fibres are present in the sealant. We will assess the risk to you and your family or staff and give you free advice on how to safely manage, repair or remove the asbestos sealant.
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).