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What is Friable Asbestos – and Do I Have It In My Home?

We all know what asbestos is and the dangers it poses – but do you know the term ‘friable’ asbestos?

Friable asbestos is considered the most dangerous form of asbestos that you can come across. The terms friable and friability are a measurement of how likely asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) will give off airborne fibres when disturbed. Typically high friable materials include such items as spray coatings, lagging or pipe insulation – areas that can easily suffer damage and give off large numbers of hazardous fibres when disturbed.

This is why it’s important to contact a professional in asbestos removal Stockport as they have the qualifications to handle the material correctly.


Asbestos fibres cannot be seen by the naked eye, yet they are incredibly lethal when inhaled. These minute rock fragments can be easily inhaled into the lungs and begin to create fatal damage over time, being untreatable at a certain level.

The most dangerous situation for homeowners is discovering or disturbing building materials that contain asbestos and damaging them to a point where fibres are exposed to breathable air. Exposure to these microscopic asbestos fibres is the leading cause of 5000 fatalities every year.

If there is friable asbestos present on your property, it can be decades before any occupant or visitor becomes aware of their health problems arising from prolonged exposure.

Where Friable Asbestos Could Reside

Asbestos was used in many ways before the complete ban of use in 1999. The most common friable materials within construction in the UK came in the form of asbestos-insulating board ceiling tiles and wall linings.

The other most common areas were in thermal insulation such as pipework, tanks or spray coatings, with some exterior cladding soffits and external panels being rife. There is also a risk from badly damaged asbestos cement sheets, pipes and panels – as well as asbestos paper to boarding or flooring materials.

What to Do

The first thing to do when you suspect you have friable asbestos-containing materials is to leave the area immediately and limit any further disturbance, closing all doors, windows and access points to that area.

Be sure to keep everybody out of that room and put up a sign to urge people to avoid entering that area. Do not do anything further around the asbestos yourself, contact your local accredited asbestos removal company to come and conduct an asbestos survey.

Once these professionals have undertaken the sampling and asbestos testing at an accredited laboratory, you will be given advice that needs to be followed to the letter, ensuring the safety of yourself and those around you.

Contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions for asbestos removal Manchester to keep you safe in your home or business.