Asbestos Removal

With coverage throughout Southern England, over 5 different regional centres, Gwella’s asbestos removal and disposal teams offer comprehensive support and licensed compliance. We provide businesses, property owners, local contractors, tradespeople and domestic clients with the necessary services to remove and dispose of asbestos waste safely and legally.

Licensed Asbestos Removal & Disposal

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At Gwella we have the capability of undertaking a range of asbestos removal and remediation projects throughout the United Kingdom.

We have the experience, skills and knowledge to deliver projects of all sizes, to a range of sectors including domestic, industrial and commercial clients. As a licensed asbestos removal contractor, we undertake work to the highest standards ensuring safety is at the forefront on all our projects.

Our project teams have the experience to act as principal contractor during the enabling phase of the project through to construction.

We utilise the latest technology to ensure projects are monitored through each phase of the works, providing you with “peace of mind” that works are being delivered safely. In addition we undertake impartial auditing utilising external organisations, which enables us to ensure we are providing consistency across all our teams.

Gwella have all the relevant industry accreditations to provide you with confidence you are appointing a contractor with the relevant skills and competencies to undertake your works.

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Choosing an Asbestos Removal Contractor

Hiring an asbestos removal company, and not doing it yourself, is the wisest and safest decision when it comes to removing asbestos from any residential, commercial or public building. HSE Licensed Asbestos removal companies follow strict regulations and processes and carry the right removal equipment to keep them, others and you safe from exposure.
Licensed Contractor

We are fully licensed to remove and dispose of asbestos

Highly Trained Team

Our asbestos removal team undergo continuous training and assessment

Third Party Audits

Our work is regularly assessed by an external compliance company

How much does asbestos removal cost?

It is highly advisable to allow a professional asbestos removal company, such as Gwella Contracting, to take care of removing or encapsulating any asbestos materials. This service obviously comes at a cost but it is very difficult to even provide a ball-park figure as there are so many variables that can change the price, including; location, type of asbestos, amount of asbestos…and so on.

However, in a lot of instances, a full asbestos removal service doesn't even have to take place. Instead, we often encapsulate the hazardous material to ensure that it isn't damaged and is not shedding any fibres, which can dramatically bring down the cost. The best way to find out how much asbestos removal costs is to get in touch with us regarding your own individual issue and we can take it from there.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of soft, flexible fibres that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. Its strength and flexibility meant that asbestos became an extremely popular insulation material in industrial buildings, commercial buildings and residential homes and garages built pre-2000. Although asbestos was an extremely effective material in many ways, we now know that it comes with serious health risks. In 1999, the use of all types of asbestos (except in very limited and regulated situations) was finally banned in the UK.

How to get an asbestos removal quote

As there are so many variables related to removing asbestos, there is no real way of carrying-out the task for a fixed-fee without first having a quote. The best thing to do is contact us and we will find out more details from you in order to provide a correct quote. You can easily contact us using the “contact us” buttons throughout this website or via [email protected]

Where do you find asbestos?

Asbestos was a popular material for commercial construction and can be found in a lot of buildings that were built pre-1999. That includes offices, schools, factories, hospitals, and many residential homes. Its natural strength and versatility meant asbestos was used for a vast range of different products, most notably:

  • Thermal insulation applied to roofs, pipework, boilers etc.
  • Insulating boards as walls, soffits, doors and firebreaks
  • Cement products including flat or profiled sheet walls and roofs, rainwater goods, flues and pipes
  • “Artex” textured wall or ceiling coatings
  • Vinyl floor tiles and adhesives

Can I remove asbestos myself?

Due to the hazardous nature of broken or disturbed asbestos, never try to remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos is known as the silent killer as its fibres when airborne, cannot be seen or smelt. Only trained professionals with the appropriate accreditation and experience, such as Gwella Contracting, should remove asbestos.

You should only hire tradespeople to remove asbestos if they are competent to do so; HSE licensed contractors are qualified to remove all types of asbestos. Check they are adequately insured and have a Hazardous Waste Carriers Licence to transport the asbestos once they remove it. View our accreditations.

Types of asbestos

Chrysotile

This was the most popular type of asbestos used in the UK and accounts for over 90% of all asbestos in commercial building materials. It was particularly common in roofing materials and cement. Chrysotile was used up until 1999.


Amosite

More commonly known as ‘brown asbestos’, Amosite has coarse, strong fibres and was often used for asbestos insulation boards (AIBs). As one of the more dangerous types of asbestos, Amosite was banned from the UK in the 1980s.


Crocidolite

Much rarer in the UK than other types of asbestos, Crocidolite (or ‘blue asbestos’) was used for a lot of insulation products. Its short, spikey fibres easily puncture the lining of the lung, making it one of the most dangerous types of asbestos. Crocidolite was banned from the UK in the 1980s.

What are the risks of asbestos?

Asbestos in good condition doesn’t pose any immediate health risks. The danger comes when it’s broken down or disturbed, releasing asbestos dust into the air that can be inhaled. The three most common health conditions caused by asbestos exposure are:


Asbestosis

This is a chronic respiratory disease that causes serious scarring of lung tissue. Asbestosis causes progressive shortness of breath and pain when breathing and, in severe cases, can be fatal.


Lung cancer

Asbestos is known to be a carcinogen and, therefore, many deaths associated with asbestos exposure are due to lung cancer. It’s the same type of lung cancer caused by smoking.


Mesothelioma

This is a rare and aggressive form of cancer often occurring in the thin membrane lining of the lungs, chest and abdomen. Almost all cases of Mesothelioma are exclusively linked to asbestos exposure and, by the time it’s diagnosed, are almost always fatal. Asbestos fibre exposure is untreatable and currently accounts for around 5,000 deaths per year in the UK. That’s why it’s so important to deal with it safely. Removing health risks more than outweighs the cost of asbestos removal.

Types of Asbestos Removal

Before starting an asbestos removal project, an asbestos survey should be carried out to determine the type, location, condition and amount of asbestos present. This survey will then dictate the type of asbestos removal that is required.

Licensable

  • removing sprayed coatings (limpet asbestos)
  • removal or other work which may disturb pipe lagging any work involving loose fill insulation
  • work on asbestos millboard
  • cleaning up significant quantities of loose/fine debris containing ACM dust (where the work is not sporadic and of low intensity, the control limit will be exceeded or it is not short duration work)
  • work on AIB, where the risk assessment indicates that it will not be of short duration

Notifiable Non-Licensable

  • asbestos cement products (eg roof sheeting) where the material will be substantially damaged or broken up (eg as a result of fire or flood damage)
  • asbestos cement products (eg roof sheeting) where the material will be substantially broken up, creating significant quantities of dust and debris (eg ‘dropping’ an asbestos cement roof)
  • removal of asbestos paper and cardboard products if not firmly bonded in a matrix
  • large-scale removal of textured decorative coatings using steaming or gelling methods (eg beyond that required for maintenance activities such as installation/replacement of smoke alarms and fittings)
  • minor, short duration work to remove asbestos insulating board as part of a refurbishment project
  • minor short duration work involving asbestos insulation eg repairing minor damage to a small section of pipe insulation where the exterior coating has been broken or damaged

Non-Licensed

  • Cleaning up small quantities of loose/ fine debris containing ACM dust (where the work is sporadic and of low intensity, the control limit will not be exceeded and it is short duration work)
  • Drilling of textured decorative coatings for installation of fixtures/fittings
  • Encapsulation and sealing-in work on asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that are in good condition
  • Most removal of bonded asbestos materials such as asbestos cement products, vinyl floor tiles, bitumen, felts and rubber products
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Asbestos Waste Collection

We can also collect bagged asbestos waste from your premises and ensure it is taken to a licensed facility for disposal.

Waste will be transported in our sealed asbestos waste vans, in accordance with the hazardous waste regulations and in strict compliance with legal waste consignment protocols.

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If you need help with any aspect of Asbestos Removal, from initial surveys, through to removal and disposal, talk to one of our highly knowledgeable team today and we'll be delighted to help.

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