If you’ve got old damp proofing in your home and you’ve never had any problems, you’re probably thinking that’s great.
Of course, if you’re not experiencing problems with damp in your home, that’s a good thing.
But old damp proofing could be causing you other issues.
Old damp proofing can contain asbestos
You might know that asbestos was used for insulation, but did you know it was used in damp proof courses too? It was common for builders to use it up until the late 1960s.
So if your home is older than this, it’s likely that your damp proof course contains asbestos.
Asbestos is harmful when disturbed
Asbestos doesn’t pose a threat if it’s left alone. But when it is disturbed, or it begins to break down, it can cause problems.
Scientists discovered many years ago that asbestos spores can cause cancer and other lung complaints when inhaled. That’s why it’s important to remove any asbestos-containing materials from your home.
What can I do if my old damp proofing contains asbestos?
If you’ve not had any problems with damp in your home for the last 60 years or more, it’s best to get a professional to check your old damp proofing for asbestos.
The government is under pressure to make it law that all asbestos is removed from buildings, but at the moment it’s down to you to discover and remove it from your home.
Clearly, asbestos does its job and protects homes from damp. But the risks of it breaking down and causing your family respiratory problems are too great for you to leave it in your home.
There are plenty of companies in our network that will be able to replace your damp proof course for you. Simply fill out the form below and we’ll get up to 4 local damp proofing companies to contact you to give you a quote.
If you need quotes for an asbestos survey, visit our asbestos page.