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The construction industry has witnessed numerous innovations and materials over the years. Two such materials, Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and asbestos, have been in recent headline news due to their implications on health and safety, especially in educational institutions.

Case Study – Boiler & Flue Pipe Asbestos Inspection Wirral

Asbestos Inspection and Testing Wirral

Are you worried that there may be asbestos in your home or business premises? Before any construction work or demolition work is carried out, you need to contact Fibre Safe.  Fibre Safe provide bespoke solutions for residential customers and commercial clients.  We are trusted as the North West’s leading asbestos specialists, and have helped to protect client’s homes and businesses throughout Wirral since 2004.


Asbestos: Boilers, Flue Pipes and Lagging

You may find asbestos wrapped around older hot water pipes and water boilers, or used to tape together sections of heating ducts. Pipe, furnace, and boiler insulation used to be repaired this way so it is still fairly common to find asbestos insultation around boilers, furnaces and pipes. The danger to the home owner and property owner, is that as the insulation deteriorates, asbestos dust is released. The dust contains asbestos fibres which are breathed in easily. Asbestos fibres when inhaled can lead to a serious non-cancerous respiratory disease called asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Simply hoovering asbestos dust will actually expel the fibres into the room air.

In most cases asbestos fibres are bonded in the material and cannot be released unless the material is disturbed or damaged.

Here is a recent example where we were able to help a local home owner by removing their boiler unit and flue pipe, both of which contained asbestos.

Asbestos Boiler and Flue Pipe Removal, Wirral

In February we carried out removal of an old floor standing boiler unit and flue pipe in Raby Mere. The home owner contacted us to say that their heating had gone off and their engineer had refused to undertake any works on the system as it was believed to contain asbestos. A simple check showed that both the floor standing boiler unit and flue pipe did contain asbestos fibres. We were able to remove both of these items within a couple of hours and the home owner had her heating back on by the end of the day. NB: Although many engineers believe they are allowed to remove asbestos with their asbestos awareness training, this is simply not true. Removal of any asbestos product requires specific Category B asbestos removal training and the necessary insurance to remove this hazardous material.

If you think that the materials you are about to handle contain asbestos, then you should not try and move the material yourself. If you are unsure, then Fibre Safe are able to carry out an asbestos inspection at your home or business premises – regardless of size, across Wirral and Merseyside. We pride ourselves on our excellent reputation we have built up by delivering on our promises.

Further case studies can be viewed here.

Asbestos Inspection

There is a reasonable chance that your scheduled asbestos inspection or reinspection was due during the COVID-19 lockdown and had to be delayed as a result.

All it takes is a call to Fibre Safe, who will put into practice their excellent procedures for inspecting any potential asbestos areas-giving peace of mind and ultimate customer satisfaction in the process. Call us today with your enquiry on: 0151 538 3084.


Our Qualifications and Accreditations include:

  • BOHS P402 Asbestos Surveying and Sampling
  • BOHS P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings
  • BOHS P406 Supervision and Management of Safe Removal of Asbestos
  • ARCA (Asbestos Removal Contractors Association)
  • ARCA – Asbestos Licensed Removal Operative
  • ARCA – Asbestos Licensed Operative Supervisor
  • ARCA – Asbestos Licensed Contract Manager
  • UKATA (UK Asbestos Training Association)
  • UKATA – Asbestos Tutor
  • CIRIA – Construction Industry Research and Information Association
  • CIRIA – Asbestos in Soil

So, if you are looking for the perfect “one-stop-shop” for all asbestos solutions, please call Fibre Safe, and we will be glad to offer our services.


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