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Is there asbestos in older boilers?

Asbestos-containing materials can be found in a variety of places, including a building’s structure as well as permanent items of
machinery and equipment, such as an old boiler.

Boilers were the source of asbestos contamination in many of our buildings before 1984, when the United Kingdom prohibited the use of
asbestos in boiler manufacturing.

Factories, schools, houses, power plants, industrial and military facilities are all examples of these structures.

In many UK houses today, asbestos can still be found in the form of boiler insulation.

Because of its high heat holding qualities, asbestos was commonly employed in boiler pipe insulation prior to the UK prohibition in order
to cut energy costs and avoid fires.

Because asbestos is fireproof, non-corrosive, and does not carry electricity, it was frequently utilised around boilers.

So, what is the appearance of asbestos boiler insulation?

You’ll generally find asbestos boiler insulation in the form of cement surrounding a boiler’s stove, tubes, and doors in extremely old
boilers, and it will be at least 1 inch thick.

The asbestos boiler insulation on the inside of the pipes resembles corrugated cardboard and is made up of 75 to 90% chrysotile

Asbestos-based boiler insulation

The asbestos insulation surrounding the pipes of an old boiler has been destroyed.

Portals and pipes (asbestos gaskets were utilised) and rope seals on the stove doors were also asbestos-containing components.

Is an asbestos-containing boiler dangerous?

Because the asbestos insulation on boilers is extremely friable, any disturbance or damage causes a large number of hazardous asbestos
fibres to be released into the atmosphere.

If inhaled, these asbestos fibres can cause serious medical problems and lead to asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma or
asbestos lung cancer.

As a result, anyone attempting to remove asbestos boiler insulation, such as pipe lagging, exposes themselves to a significant danger of
asbestos exposure.

As a result, only asbestos removal specialists should dismantle and dispose of old style boilers containing asbestos, as the Health and
Safety Executive recommends.

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How much do asbestos boilers cost to remove?

Because of the type of asbestos to be removed, the amount of the damage, and its location, the cost of removing asbestos boilers varies

However, as a general rule, boilers are expensive to remove since they are made up of pipe lagging, which includes the most hazardous
kinds of asbestos.

Pipe lagging removal is particularly costly since it generates a lot of dust, which poses a significant health concern due to asbestos
particles in the air.

Boilers are typically located in small, restricted locations that are difficult to access, adding to the cost of removing them.

As a result, you may anticipate asbestos pipe lagging and insulation to cost thousands of pounds to remove from boilers.

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