Whether in fillers, tile adhesives, plasters, floor coverings or insulation materials - the renovation of an old bathroom involves many potential risks. One of them: asbestos!
Especially in buildings built before the end of 1992, you should assume that construction materials containing asbestos were used. Because many people don't know any better, tackling a renovation without professional help often leads to the unintentional release of asbestos fibers into the air during renovation work. Inhaled, these can lead to serious lung diseases and even cancer. Unfortunately, due to the long incubation period, this usually only becomes apparent after many decades.
However, the risk can be significantly reduced if you take appropriate precautions.
In the following section you will find a useful 3-point plan on how to reduce the risk of the release of asbestos fibers.
This is the first and probably the easiest and fastest way to exclude the risk of a possible asbestos exposure. From 1993 on, the use of asbestos in construction was prohibited in Germany. EU-wide the use of asbestos was banned as of January 2005. So, if you live in a newer building, you are on the safe side.
Also, make sure to check when and if asbestos was banned in your country. If you live in an older house, the next steps are essential:
The list of materials in the bathroom possibly containing asbestos is manageable, but nevertheless not negligible:
You can get more detailed insights and information in our virtual asbestos house.
You can’t rule out the possibility that materials containing asbestos were used in your bathroom? Then we urgently suggest a commission of an asbestos analysis for the corresponding contruction material.
Why is an asbestos analysis so important?
You have read through our arguments and are still undecided whether an asbestos analysis is really necessary for your upcoming renovation? After all, you have survived a stay in your bathroom unharmed so far, would like to start the renovation immediately and would also like to save costs?
That would not be a good idea! Especially with asbestos cement and other building materials with bound asbestos, the danger lurks in silence. Often the dangerous fibers are only released during mechanical processing. The sooner you identify the pollutant, the better you can adapt your saftey measures.
In addition, you will receive your reliable analysis result within three to four days - even faster if necessary! With the idea of having no more hazardous substances in the bathroom in the future, the thought of a short waiting period is not so bad after all, is it?
Consider the costs in relation to the total renovation costs. You'll pay less for the analysis than for a good fitting sink faucet - with the bonus that you will be doing something good for yourself and your loved ones and get down to work with a clear conscience. That is a great perspective.
CRB Analysis Service is the contract laboratory for analyses of asbestos and artificial mineral fibers - your first point of contact in case of a suspected asbestos contamination.
We work at the highest level and offer you:
The path to asbestos testing has never been easier: register your sample online, bag the sample and send it off. Within three to four days after arrival, you will receive your reliable test result.
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